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Caroline Spence With Kierston White @ Blue Door
May 16, 2015 @ 8:00 pm| $20
Caroline Spence has embraced that part of the southern folk tradition that knows how to turn a phrase. It’s a tradition whose emphasis is on telling a story or capturing an experience without hiding behind stylistic gimmicks. It’s a tradition that has no patience for crap. It’s a tradition that’s perfect for combining Spence’s enduring melodies with challenging lyrics that demand attention.Her upcoming album highlights the balance that makers her music so interesting: the softness of her voice held against the deep fire that pervades her lyrics. She has found the precise paired of edge and softness that cuts like only the truth can. She understand that we are often several contradictory things at once. Her songs reward listening to again and again.”
— Jon Karr, NY Minute Magazine
“Kierston White, a Shawnee, Oklahoma native, has a brand new CD. ‘Don’t Write Love Songs’ is a collection of self-penned tunes. There is no cookie cutter approach here.
She wields her guitar like a woodsman’s axe, and in softer moments like a carving knife. Her dynamics are well-placed.
The occasional heavy vibrato of her voice quivers with the sensibility of a broken heart breaking forward through the fog and mist of lost love and new freedom.
She is part of this new generation of Oklahoma songwriters giving fresh legitimacy to the craft.”
-Rick Reiley, The Corridor Magazine