One of America’s best and brightest singer-songwriters has just begun a ten-date tour in Australia, as Christie Lenée, from Nashville, takes her shimmering voice and superb guitar skills Down Under. She plays the acoustic guitar with incredible dexterity, including great tapping skills and her work with the Engel, a small metal hammer that she uses to strike the strings. On electric guitar, she can go toe to toe with the best of them, shredding with abandon AND saying something with the solo at the same time.
The word ‘virtuoso’ on the poster is entirely accurate.
Of Lenée’s performance at a festival last year, we wrote:
Christie Lenée was next on stage. She had just played live on WMNF earlier in the day. She was joined by bass, keyboards, and Jonathan Thomas on drums. Her set began with the delightful “Here I Go,” and she never let up. “Daylight Comes,” “Stay” and her cover of Peter Gabriel’s “Salisbury Hill” followed.
Then Lenée asked: “So do you want to get funky or continue (with the mellower music)? This is a jam fest!” So out poured “Learning Tree.” Next, she told us about her soprano guitar and The Engle, the small metal hammer she uses to play it. Think harpsichord. It was wonderful. Slide guitar followed on “Take a Little Vacation,” and she closed with her anthem — and the perfect song for this festival — “We Are One.”
Check out our 2015 feature about her, enjoy the videos, and listen to our Spotify playlist!
And do yourself a favor: go see Christie Lenée, whether in Australia, the U.S. or wherever music takes her. You’ll be glad you did!