I recently had the privilege of catching sets on back to back nights by the most amazing person I've met in quite some time. Denver's banjo-picking songstress Laura Goldhamer and her cleverly-dubbed backing band The Silver Nail are one of the most promising acts in the country right now. Period.
The lovely Ms. Laura is a sincerely passionate performer who's larger-than-life personality makes her instantly someone her audiences can identify with. I hesitate to compare her combination of good looks, outgoing personality, and good humor to that of a Sarah Silverman-type if not just because it doesn't account for her substance, then because it also totally discounts her massive talent.
And while it is not like she needs to rely on any gimmicks to be one of the most captivating artists I've seen in a long while, the completely brilliant stop-motion videos she made to accompany several of her songs which are projected behind her during her sets only serve to put her over the top in my book.
Check out my personal favorite track "No Ability" which deals with educational institutions and that lost post-graduation feeling of seeking employment, etc. So many good things I could say about it.
MP3: Laura Goldhamer and The Silver Nail - No Ability