When Cat Power, aka Chan Marshall, appeared at the 2006 Coachella festival, she treated the crowd to a run through of her current album, The Greatest, backed by a huge ensemble of session players including Al Green guitarist Mabon Teenie Hodges. Bearing no resemblance to the stage-fright-addled train wreck Cat Power shows have been at times, she belted out her latest Dusty in Memphis-style work with confidence and emotive force. Alas, a couple of unsatisfied girls near the front demanded she play some old songs. Marshall responded to this not by revisiting her old songs but instead delivering, sans band, a medley of some really ancient stuff like House of the Rising Sun and Hit the Road Jack. Somehow, the slinky solo set was just as awe inspiring as the smoky puffs of soul her band had blown earlier. Now with the Dirty Blues Band, a smaller group of seasoned indie musicians such as Jon Spencer Blues Explosion six-string slinger Judah Bauer, Chan is at work on a new album of originals. But their first offering, Covers Two, will showcase some of her trademark simmering reinterpretations.
Wed., Sept. 19, 8 p.m.