Matt and Kelley perform

We all hopped into the rez car tonight and made the trip to Minneapolis to see up-and-coming singer-songwriter Kelley McRae and husband/guitarist Matt perform at the new Powwow Grounds Coffee/All My Relations Gallery. Kelley and Matt put on a spectacular show, pullings songs from Kelley’s first two albums, as well as showcasing some great new tunes (one so new that Matt had to refer to a handwritten lyrics sheet for his harmony part). The turnout was small, but Kelley and Matt performed as if they were playing to a sold-out arena. Kelley and Matt swapped stories between songs and answered questions from the audience about life on the road. Highlights of the night for me were “The Sparrow,” “Never Be,” “Johnny Cash,” and a rocking version of Lucinda Williams’ “Drunken Angel.” Kelley’s music is reminiscent of Lucinda’s at times — you can definitely hear the influence. I’d have to say after this show that Kelley is one of my favorite live performers. I highly recommend that you check out her music and discover a rising star.

Matt and Kelley are currently on a cross-country VW Camper Van Tour, playing small house shows for fans in cities as they go. I was fortunate enough to land one of the shows and I’m quite glad I did. Thanks to Bob Rice at Powwow Grounds for providing a great venue (and a damn fine cup of joe). And thanks to Kelley and Matt for a night of music I won’t forget.

You can check out Kelley’s music at her web site. Or follow Kelley and Matt’s travels on her Tumblr blog.

Below is a slideshow of some photos from the show.