Review and photographs by Fred Rudofsky
Imagine having just 35-40 minutes to make an impression on thousands basking in the heat of an Albany afternoon. Kirsten Thien and her fine band from NYC met that challenge as the opening band for Dickey Betts & Great Southern at Albany’s Alive at Five in Corning Preserve last week.
“Love That’s Made to Share,” the first song of several off her excellent “Delicious” album (Screen Door Records), invited the crowd to get up and move from the opening chords. Thien’s voice brought to mind Bonnie Raitt and Maria McKee, soulful and confident, as she played acoustic guitar and smiled in the late afternoon sun, while lead guitarist Arthur Neilson (known by many for his tenure with Shemekia Copeland) nailed pinched note solos and fills.