Self-Styled “Post-Brontosaurus Indie Folk/Crunk” Artist Captivates Audience
It didn’t really sound like my kind of thing, but then again I happened to be home that weekend so I didn’t have a good excuse not to at least go to the audition.
As singer-songwriter Rebecca Loebe told the audience at the Crystal Theatre this past , she didn’t mean to become a best-selling artist. But with over 35,000 downloads of her single (her audition song for NBC’s The Voice, a cover of Nirvana’s Come As You Are) on iTunes, she’s an unqualified success. Already a touring musician with 2 EPs and 2 LPs under her belt, the Austin-based performer so impressed the show’s celebrity coaches Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera that they both offered to mentor her for the competition.
Even before that, she was impressing audiences and critics, garnering a win in the Grassy Hill New Folk Songwriting Competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival. As if that wasn’t enough, her 2nd full-length release spend 9 weeks in the Top 40 of the Americana Chart and 8 weeks in the Top 10 of the Euro Americana Chart before it was recognized in the Americana Music Association’s List of the Top 100 Albums of 2010.
She’s also very funny — I heard a lot of laughter in the Crystal Theatre audience, both at her introductions and interjections to the songs and at her delivery of certain droll lyrics. Thanksgiving, a warning to potential suitors, made me put my camera down because I was laughing so hard. This was Loebe’s 1st appearance at the festival.