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Liz Frame & the Kickers
August 13, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sounds that are gleaned from inspiration ultimately create a sound that inspires others. It’s a continuum that’s at the core of great music, music that exists for the ages and not merely within transitory circumstance. Indeed, Boston-based singer-songwriter Liz Frame knows this all too well. She was weened on the music of her parents’ generation, absorbing the influence of their heartland heroes — immortal and iconic artists like Jimmie Rogers, The Weavers, B.B. King and Elvis Presley, to name but a few. It became deeply rooted in her musical psyche, so much so that she began writing her own music at the tender age of nine, and after picking up her first guitar at fourteen, it found her performing in front of audiences while still in her early teens. Not surprisingly, her music of choice was honest, unbridled Americana, a sound that continues to represent the disparate styles that captured her imagination so early on.Backed by her band, The Kickers — Pat Chamberlin on lead guitars, Lynne Taylor on bass and Pete Walsh on drums — Frame continues to write and perform with seemingly nonstop energy and enthusiasm. Yet it was the death of her beloved mother in 2007 that turned her focus entirely to her craft. Sooner, her full length debut, appeared in 2011 and featured a stellar line-up consisting of some of New England’s finest sessions players, among them Duke Levin, Kevin Barry and Bobby Keyes. Frame’s follow-up, the Justine EP, was released three years later and confirmed the savvy and intellect so evident the first time around. Moreover, it affirmed the fact that Frame is a fine front woman, a singer who possesses not only a cool confidence, but also an ideal blend of soul, sophistication and sensuality. The edge and deliberation inherent in “A Good Day to Say Goodbye,” the strains of bluegrass echoed in the title track, the restraint and remorse woven into “I Don’t Wanna Let You Go,” and the emotional, evocative finale, “The Secrets I Been Keeping” spotlight the band’s power and potential.