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Denise La Grassa

"Live at the Castle Theatre" is the latest to showcase Denise La Grassa’s immense power and feeling, sophisticated yet melodic songwriting, and guitarist John Kregor’s inventive and soulful playing. "Sunshine in the Toxic Ballroom" and "Pieces of Peace" from the album are hints of what's to come on "American Women," scheduled for a summer 2020 release.

Her 2009 album "April Dreams" received critical praise from numerous outlets, including Jim DeRogatis of NPR's Sound Opinions who heard “ … an impressive but never showy range and a self-assured, conversational delivery that brings to mind a jazzier Aimee Mann.”

Denise’s distinctive sound is grounded in her early love of soul, R&B & pop, with Aretha and Al Green being particular faves. Astute ears will hear that Charlie Parker and Sarah Vaughan also found their way into her songwriting and performance, making her music difficult to put into a single box.

Lyrically, Denise's songwriting is evolving, evident with the release of “The Blues Ain’t a Color.” Where universal themes of loves lost and found dominated her early work, she now feels a pull to talk about the world around her. “Sometimes they are love songs but often there's just music and talking and having a dialogue about what's happening in the scene … in the daily day-to-day world, which really hasn't changed. I mean, it's been like this for centuries. But I have this idealism in my heart that says ‘we can do this. We can have that new day, new world.’”