I know, you’ve never heard of her, but Happy Rhodes has a voice to die for (an amazing range), and musically and lyrically she’s interesting, intelligent and original. Musically, she’s in that same nebulous “genre” with folks like Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Jane Siberry, and maybe Sarah McLachlan (you know what it isn’t: it’s not folk, it’s not pop, it’s not rock, but it doesn’t have a name for the general public).
She’s an indie artist (indeed, with no record company at all at the moment) but she’s released 10 wonderful (IMO) albums. Her last album was in 1998, but that’s only because she is, REALLY, an indie artist. She’s been working on an 11th album piecemeal: working a day job to make enough money to record a track or part of a track. It’s been going on a long time and it’s not done yet. Almost though.
In a 17-year career, she’s never toured before now (that old money thing again). She’s played several live dates in the east, mainly Philly and New York, but she’s only ever been to Chicago once, as backup singer for Bon Lozaga’s Project Lo.
I don’t have any professional or financial dealings with her, but I’ve been a fan since 1988 and used to play her on my radio show. I keep a page of song samples (she knows I share her music, and it’s ok with her) at:
Here are the tour dates:
Nov. 1 Philadelphia, PA - Tin Angel
Nov. 4 New York, NY - The Bottom Line
Nov. 5 Denville, NJ - Urban Muse
Nov. 6 Harrisburg, PA - Second Floor Gallery
Nov. 7 Pittsburgh, PA - Quiet Storm Coffeehouse
Nov. 8 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
Nov. 9 Toledo, OH House Concert - Lynn Garrett (I believe it’s booked up, but post in this thread if you are interested)
Nov. 11 Kenosha, WI House Concert - Chip Lueck (http://www.luisys.com/concert for details)
Nov. 12 Chicago, IL - Martyrs
I don’t yet know if she’s going anywhere else past Chicago. Fans are helping her put together this tour, and I’m not sure what’s planned. I’ll post again in this thread if more dates are added.
Please go see her if she’s coming to where you are. Listen to a song sample. If it doesn’t appeal to you, maybe you know someone who might like it. She doesn’t do “oooh baby baby, I love you, you don’t love me” type songs. They’re all about things, ranging from a sentient computer that’s been abandoned on a deserted space station, to a tribute to the Roy Batty character in Blade Runner. Some songs are very personal (her early ones, especially), and many are very very dark. It wouldn’t matter if she sang the phone book though, to be in the same room, with that voice, is more than enough. That it comes out of one person is startling. It’s well worth a night out.
One other thing, Happy doesn’t mind if concerts are taped and/or photographed, as long as she gets a copy. I will be going to the Toledo, Kenosha and Chicago shows, but I’d love to have tapes of the other shows. If you go, tape it if you can (cheeky request, I know), and then write me (firstname.lastname@example.org). I’m keeping an archive of live performances, for future fans (yes, well, and myself, sure, but…)