Named after the address of New York's much-loved Joe's Pub, Lafayette is the acclaimed songwriter's first official live album and an on-record invitation into her other world, the stage, where she spends more than half of every year knocking 'em dead nightly. Over 13 tracks, Lafayette captures the energy and musicality of McKeown as a bandleader and entertainer extraordinaire. Lafayette is one night in the life of a performer at the peak of her powers.
Erin McKeown's growth over the course of her five studio albums (plus a couple EPs) has been astounding. Starting as a smart songwriter drawing from pop presented with a folkish immediacy, she quickly showed herself to be much more as jazz elements entered into the picture. Not only did her singing reflect the playful push and pull of the greats, but her guitar playing became a force unto itself, as she experimented with various band sizes and lineups. Recorded at Joe's Pub in New York City, Lafayette is a live set which finds her leading her Little Big Band through a spirited tour of her catalog. Playing up to 200 shows a year, she's a comfortable and genuine presence in every regard, gracious with players and audience alike. McKeown's always worked with top-flight musicians--especially drummers, who she knows are the key to a great band, as Allison Miller proves again. --David Greenberger