LIVE Sarah Borges & Amy Black @ Caffe Lena, 8/19/15

September 18th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg


Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

You may not think of Caffe Lena – the venerable Saratoga Springs coffeehouse – as a hot-bed of soul music, but if you were there last month for the powerhouse tag-team show with blond Amy Black and raven-haired Sarah Borges, you just might change your mind.

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Backed by a full band, the two dynamic vocalists ripped through an evening of classic soul gems steeped in the rich Muscle Shoals sound, which just happens to be where Black was born. Together, they dished out a sizzling selection of nuggets from the likes of Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Lou Rawls, as well as mixing in a few like-minded originals along the way.