TRURO – Seeing Zoe Lewis live is something akin to traveling through time and space with a joyous troubadour tour guide.
On an enchanted Thursday evening on the Truro Green, Zoe Lewis & her Elastic Band presented what her website describes as gypsy jazz, swing, and world-beat grooves while taking an often nostalgic lyrical tour with songs about things such as rotary phones, and 78 RPM records.
In between songs, the charismatic Lewis, who grew up in England and still has her accent, told funny endearing stories about the births of her songs.
The band of Sylvie Richard on percussion, Laird Boles on string bass, Ben Burdick on harmonica, and John Wolf on trombone helped create that time-traveling aesthetic that made the evening on the lawn resonate long after it was over.
So here is an original by Lewis, “78,” in which she sings of 78 RPM records. As Lewis sings, “Life is full of scratches, especially these days…”
But on this night, there were no scratches at all. Just a big wonderful sound taking the rapt audience though time and space.
More Zoe Lewis from the Christmas Cavalcade – Zoey Lewis performs “Peking Duck For Christmas”
– If you like Cape Cod music, here is a 6,000-word story that Cape Cod Wave did on the Cape Cod original music scene. We interviewed 20 musicians (including Zoe Lewis), four club owners, and two radio deejays – Cape Cod Music And The Joy Of Being Originally Alive
And here is a link to our growing collection of local music stories and videos – MUSIC
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