Intriguing Dark Americana from Kate Vargas
Americana chanteuse Kate Vargas is playing the album release show for her forthcoming one Down to My Soul at the big room at the Rockwood on Feb 20 at 7 PM with her excellent band. In the meantime, she’s got a couple of intriguing tracks up at her Bandcamp page. The first, Throw the Devil Back is a rustic, banjo-driven Appalachian gothic tune that slowly morphs into a slow-burning blues-rock anthem. The second is the album’s title track, an ominously swaying folk noir anthem that recounts an escape and then an uneasy New Mexico return, “Past the old school bus abandoned in 1963 down a long ditch road that leads you home past the sweet cottonwood trees.” Both songs are evocative of a couple of first-class dark Americana bands from these parts, Frankenpine and Bobtown: fans of those bands, and dark folk in general, ought to check Vargas out.