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Little Miss Higgins plays quirky, laid back jazz and blues

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Thought the sky looked ominous, a good sized crowd caught an affable, laid back jazz and blues fueled, performance by Little Miss Higgins, April 29.Little Miss Higgins takes a solo from the top of a table, April 29. Photo By Richard Amery
 Higgins, Foy Taylor and stand up bassist Joey Lorer playing to a backdrop of ‘Bargain Shop panties’ hanging from a clothesline  hanging across the stage began with a set of older material.

Higgins and Taylor traded jazzy/bluesy lead licks, though there wasn’t as much impressive guitar pyrotechnics from Higgins as  there usually is. Her sexy, sultry, jazzy voice was in fine form as played slinky slide guitar as she  coyly flirted with Taylor, who  stomped out a beat on a wooden box on the floor while trading guitar solos.

Some highlights were ‘Radville’ and ‘Gone For Good.’ She played a cover of  Winnipeg bluesman Big Dave McLean‘s— ‘Johnny Tornado.’ Her first new song of the night was one of her new CD  ‘Across the Plains’ highlights ‘Tornado’ She ended the first set with ‘Dirty Ol Tractor,’   a crowd favourite from ‘Junction City.’
The second set mostly included new material including ‘Snowin‘ Today : Lament  For Louis Riel.’ And an capella version of ‘Gather My Fruit,’ and a sexy version of ‘Glad Your Whiskey Fits in My Purse which included a whistling solo.
Her new song ‘Bargain Shop Panties’ was an instant crowd favourite and she wandered into the crowd and stood on a table  for a solo on a cover of an old jazz-blues flavoured Bessie Smith song, ‘ Me and My Gin,’ which had everybody cheering.
She was called back for an encore of ‘Velvet Barley Bed’ from ‘Junction City.’

—by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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