It always amazes me that one of top director/coaches in the world of cabaret, who guides her charges into amazing interpretations of Gershwin, Porter, Berlin, et. al., is at heart a Southern-rocker singer/songwriter.*
Lina Koutrakos’s new CD, The Low Country, showcases the artist as the full, expressive force-of-nature that she is. Performances on the CD present her as questioner, priestess, emotional audience, and comforter of acute insight, intelligence and heart.** All the material has been penned by Koutrakos, who clearly supports her strengths as a performer and human with a story to tell.
One of the things Ron and I always say about cabaret is that it is hard to really “get” a performer without seeing them As a special bonus, this CD comes with a DVD with an interview with Koutrakos and clips of her doing a couple of the numbers.
*Those following the NY cabaret scene know that Koutrakos recently combined the two strains of her work to great acclaim with her recent show Torch.
**Actually, it’s the same combination that make her an awesome instructor.