Adrien Daller & Phil Rabalais Interview on Lyrical Venus! Tues 2/15

Adrien Daller & Phil Rabalais

Adrien Daller & Philip Rabalais

So if there is one thing I occasionally get bummed about with this blog, it’s when there is a great guy artist I want to share with the world, but I don’t want to shock or upset readers who come here expecting to read only about women in music. Plus I really do think it’s an important genre and space to focus on in the wide world of music, but I also don’t have the bandwidth at the moment to do another blog with a bigger focus.  So I do what I can. :-)

The person I’m bummed not to feature here at this particular moment is Caleb Hawley. I think it’s safe enough to say that he’s someone I met at Rocky Mountain Song School, he’s an AMAZING musician, and currently on American Idol and about to come play a show in Fairfield, IA before he goes off to the next round.

Opening for Caleb though, is someone who fits the Lyrical Venus bill perfectly: Adrien Daller.  I’ve been following this diva and her amazing vocal stylings for maybe close to fifteen years now (yes, we were in high school musical theatre together).  It has been a real honor and joy to watch Adrien grow from awesome and awkward (and come on, who isn’t awkward to at least some degree when they are 15?) to awesome, confidently grounded, goose-bump inducing amazing (no joke, I don’t think I’ve been to a recent performance of hers where  I didn’t get goose-bumps).  Even before she went away to a performing arts college in England and then sang professionally all over Europe, Adrien has always been one to nail the interpretation of anything from an old torch tune to a country classic to an 80’s pop hit with equal parts of skill and passion.  I knew it was only a matter of time before she turned her skills to creating originals.

So I was very happy to hear that Adrien had teamed up with the amazingly creative Philip Rabalais, one half of the band Utopia Park, who I interviewed last year for  The two of them have started a new collaboration of what Adrien describes as “dance party music” Think Imogen Heap meets Bjork with a little bit of The Cranberries and Cyndi Lauper thrown in and you may start to get a picture of the sounds they are coming up with.  Their official debut will be as the openers for Caleb Hawley on Thursday, February 17th.

Here is a video that Phil’s brother and bandmate Dominic put together for one of Adrien’s new songs called “Blind”:

If you’re reading elsewhere, you may need to come to the blog to see the video

Adrien and Phil are coming to Lyrical Venus on Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 to talk about their new collaboration and play us a few tracks. Tune in to KRUU-LP 100.1 FM on your radio dial in Fairfield, or online anywhere at 9am Central US time for the interview.

Catch them live at the Sondheim Center on Thursday February 17th, 2011, 7:30pm Central.

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