Tonight at The Barns is BandHouse Gigs' A Tribute to Chrissie Hynde & The Pretenders. Please enjoy the Producer's Notes below and be sure not to miss the show!
It was an easy choice to tribute the music of Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders. Her songs and her work with the Pretenders helped define the sound of post ’60s guitar pop and are trendsetting classics. Her career after the heyday of the Pretenders initial burst of hits is no less ground breaking and tuneful. Speaking up on social issues while continuing to throw darts from the heart, she dissects personal relationships and reflects on the essence of humankind. There is no one like her.
She encapsulates so many conflicting adjectives: tough, gentle, promiscuous, loving, resentful, forgiving, angry, resolute, and peaceful. But in her world these qualities exist everywhere all the time. There is no simple relationship; there is no reason why all of these emotions cannot exist at the same time. And there is no shame in lust. She makes complexity seem simple—and appropriate.
Her preference for floating jangling guitars on top of a solid drum beat permeate all of her songs, yet they all sound different. We never tired of her style because the themes and the vocal attitude make every song unique. You can drift away on a romantic dream or rock out with an in-your-face proclamation. And she can sing Jimi.
In a world of innocuous pop stars singing about superficial subjects, there are few lasting songwriters who stick around to make sure their voice is heard. Chrissie is not going anywhere until her work is done. She has few peers as a songwriter, singer, and performer.
There was no shortage of great talent willing to help pay tribute and interpret Chrissie’s songs. She speaks to every woman about their rights, their conflicting roles in society, and their power to change the world—and in the process she speaks to us all. We are grateful for her contributions to music and we encourage everyone to become familiar with all of her records. Hopefully by the end of tonight you will.
Artists on tonight's show:
Annie and Steve Sidley
Jen & Scott Smith of Naked Blue
Karen Williamson and Anson Smith
BandHouse Gigs A Tribute to Chrissie Hynde & The Pretenders is at The Barns tonight, Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 7:30 pm.