Last December, Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line brought the Oakleigh Garden District into their world. The Nashville quintet kept the crowd hot with an impressive live show that combined an energetic vibe with a nostalgic Americana sound to draw comparisons to Alison Krauss. Struthers accented the show with her trademark vintage look pulled from the glory days of the Grand Ol’ Opry. Callaghan’s regulars experienced high times, and Struthers left with a batch of new fans.
Struthers and her band of homespun minstrels have had an extremely busy year. The group began the summer with a spot at Merlefest. Then, Struthers welcomed two new members into the fold. Maryland native and multi-instrumentalist Joshua Vana brought his guitar ad harmonica into the mix while Struthers also recruited Brian Duncan on upright bass. Since, the group has released “Country EP No. 1.”
Judging from the track “Used to the Noise,” Struthers has broken away from the classic bluegrass sounds found on her previous release, “Carnival.” From vocals to production, “Used to the Noise” is filled with classic country overtones. While Struthers used Krauss as her muse for “Carnival,” she connected with the spirit of Patsy Cline for her most recent release.
Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line
Date: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, 916 Charleston St., www.callaghansirishsocialclub.com
Tickets: $10 at the door
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