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Singer/songwriter, studio artist and bandleader Nancy Hall was born in Pacifica, CA. Her first favorite song was "the sound of the washing machine bumping against the wall". Hall played drums in the school band in grade 4 and, at 13, hooked up with the neighborhood hippies, going to free concerts in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. At 19, she worked as a studio musician in the Bay area. She was a vocalist with Neil Young on his CDs. She recorded with Taj Mahal, Michael Bloomfield, Randy Jackson of “American Idol” and Vicki Randal from The Tonight Show Band. She toured with Neil Young, Crazy Horse, Emmy-Lou Harris and Lucinda Williams. With The Curios, she developed a supremely quirky and beautiful way of writing, singing and playing multiple instruments including guitar, ukulele, dulcimer, glockenspiel and drums. On "Pillow Book" in a song called "Meanstreak" (The knife-thrower's wife), she sings "I'm up to here in electric eels and kissing villains for the way that it feels." The song displays one of The Curios best assets, delicate, spacious intricacy and great lyrics. "I favor 'art' music of all kinds writers and performers that are making it up as they go along, stretching the boundaries of musical styles." December 2009 was their 12th annual Winter Concert in their home town. Their new CD “Pillow Book” will be released on 8-14-10 on Reference Recordings. Pillow Book, along with two previous releases “Everything Knows You” and “Songs and Stories” are available on The Curios.
Special Guest Jeannie Cheatham will join us. Jeannie is a veteran pianist, composer and author of "Meet Me With Your Black Drawers On". She lives in San Diego, CA.
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