Jazz, Blues, & More, Music

k. d. lang

When: Sun., June 3, 7 p.m. 2012

She's a big-boned gal from Southern Alberta. Canadian singer k.d. lang started out in the late '80s as a country punk, morphed into a full-on Patsy Cline chanteuse, and made her way into the adult contemporary world of VH1 power ballads. In the 2000s, she's explored whatever niches have piqued her interest, from singing and touring with Tony Bennett to recording an album of Canadian covers. Her latest album features a new backing band, the Siss Boom Bang, who take her back to her fun-loving country roots.

Hallelujah, you'll be crying. If you think Jeff Buckley's version of "Hallelujah" can't be beat, then you've never heard lang unleash her formidable pipes on this heartbreaking song. You'll weep, but save your crying for her cover of Roy Orbison's classic tearjerker "Crying." Guaranteed to give you chills.

Voice of an angel. Never heard of lang? Play her classic country hit, "Pulling Back the Reins," and let her voice wash over you. Her vocal talent is pure, strong, and true. The consummate entertainer has never wavered from her desire to use the gifts she was given, and like Lyle Lovett and other unconventional talents, she exists just outside the mainstream where she can do as she pleases for her devoted fan base.

Stephanie Barna

Price: $25-$75

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