LIVE: Del Rey & Suzy Thompson @ Caffe Lena, 4/15/11

April 22nd, 2011, 3:30 pm by Greg
Suzy Thompson and Del Ray

Suzy Thompson and Del Rey

With a look that would make Minnie Pearl smile and a fingerpicking guitar style that Leo Kottke would be proud to call his own, fabulous country blues chanteuse Del Rey is still one of the music world’s best-kept secrets. She’s played in these parts before, opening for the likes of John Hammond and Johnny Winter, but somehow Rey still remains a blues connoisseur’s favorite instead of a concert hall headliner.

In tandem with blues fiddler extraordinaire and vocalist deluxe Suzy Thompson, Rey brought the duo’s “Hen Party” CD release party-tour to Caffé Lena in Saratoga Springs last Friday night for a healthy dose of roots-Americana tunes played with wit, humor and fiery instrumental vitality.

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Old tunes and new songs with titles like “Mongoose Hop,” “Devil Dance” and “Doing The Memphis Shakes” were all performed as the ladies frequently switched instruments and circled around a single microphone on stage, much to the delight of the large coffeehouse audience.

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Suzy Thompson and Del Ray

Suzy Thompson and Del Rey