Over the last few years, I’ve found myself increasingly intrigued by Nevada City, a tiny town tucked away in Northern California. This town has spawned some great talents like Joanna Newsom, Mariee Sioux, Golden Shoulders, and the warm classic folk of Alela Diane.
Alela’s hauntingly beautiful tunes continue in the traditions of artists like Sandy Denny and Karen Dalton. Her second album, To Be Still (released early this year), showcases her powerful voice accompanied by spare arrangements of banjo, cello, and pedal steel.
This month, Alela spent a few weeks touring with Marissa Nadler, supporting her latest 10″ EP. The record features a beautiful mix of some covers, traditionals and some new tunes.
The tour brought them to DC9, where they played to an audience enthralled. Alela was touring without band this time around, with only Tom Bevitori accompanying her on bass.
We were lucky enough to get to spend some time her before her set, and she shared with us a couple of songs from her new EP.