Singer, bassist and founder of the great rock band Concrete Blonde, Johnette Napolitano, plays a solo show tonight at 9 at Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz. Tickets are $20 at www.moesalley.com.
“I’ve known for years I would want to record an acoustic record, but that there would be a place in time to do it and I think it's a good time,” said Napolitano. “So I'm looking through 30 years of songs, obviously CB songs originally written acoustically, covers, songs I've worked on for films, unreleased songs, and new songs. I will read from my book, ‘Rough Mix’ (I am now working on Volume No. 2) and will try to work that in. But given that 45 minutes isn't a very long set, look for a mainly music. It will be a very minimal production — and lots of singing.”
Johnette's solo show is a blend of her endeavor to gather from her body of art, songs, for an acoustic record, and in the process, revisiting 30 years of them from CDs, films, unreleased songs and new songs. Weave that together with the navigation through her most personal thoughts regarding this music, her art and her life, chronicled in her book Rough Mix.
"In 1986, at the impressionable age of 17 - my older brother gave me an album that would change my life.The album was the self-titled, "Concrete Blonde." POW - it was what rock and roll was meant to be, complete with the absolute baddest female vocalist/bassist (Johnette Napolitano) who has a voice that cuts through your soul and lyrics to match. The artwork on the inside sleeve (which I promptly hung on my bedroom wall) had all the lyrics written/drawn by hand and sketches of a world and a sentiment that I could relate to. CB became my favorite band forever. "Rough Mix" resembles that album sleeve that hung on my wall as a teen.”
It is what art should be. It evokes every emotion possible. It includes drawings and photos and prose and poetry. Aptly put on the inside cover, it is "lyrics and writings & dreams in scratchy black and white as remembered through my gray." Maybe you've met some of the characters in this book. You've probably cried some of the tears and had the same fears. I especially love the stories behind the songs which make an awesome song lyric even more poignant. Johnette's works stand the test of time. Can you tell I like this book?" Amazon.com review of “Rough Mix”