REPORT: Women & Young A Tribute to Neil Young | Charleston Music Hall, SC
Women & Young A Tribute to Neil Young - January 9, 2016
Charleston Music Hall, SC
Photos & Video by Terri H.
Last weekend, Women & Young -- a tribute show to Neil Young featuring some of Charleston’s best female vocalists -- was held at Charleston Music Hall, South Carolina.
Here's a brief report from The Haram Sisters:
The diversity of women, to include age and race, was impressive and their choice of Neil's songs and their interpretations of those songs were just as diverse. They each embraced Neil differently.
When the show opened up with "Heart of Gold" I thought, oh no, not the hits!
But the second song was "Tonight's the Night" (Lindsay Holler) and they continued with songs such as Ambulance Blues, For the Turnstiles, Mr Soul, Ordinary People. There were two sets with an intermission in between. My favorites were the sisters of course, (the video I sent you those two women are sisters, Booney Bevins and Lauren Bevins Cahill), they did a fantastic rendition of Hurricane.
But it was Hazel Ketchum who rocked the night away )and I believe main character in putting the event together) on both the acoustic and electric guitar and the banjo on songs such as Mr Soul, for the turnstiles, Ordinary people (Ann Caldwell who also did a great job playing the broom on Harvest Moon), Hurricane, Cortez and more.
Helpless became a sultry crooning by two young sisters, while an African American 60+ woman belted out Walk On in gospel style bringing the audience to their feet, rushing the stage mesmerized by the repetition, and captured by the soul. Baby boomers and college students danced in a trance together.
Ambulance Blues was just incredible. Ambulance Blues performed by a young African American woman (Aisha Kenyatta) whose voice power tamed any ghosts lingering in the alley near the venue. The talent on stage was incredible. I'm still trying to crack the smile frozen on my face.