Wednesday, March 20th: NEKO CASE
Singer/songwriter Neko Case won a large and loyal audience for her smoky, sophisticated vocals and the downcast beauty of her music.
Born in Alexandria, Virginia, Case moved around often as a child, spending the largest part of her youth in Tacoma, Washington. She left her parents at age 15, and three years later she started playing drums for several bands on the Northwest's punk rock scene.
Case released her solo debut, The Virginian, in 1997, delving wholeheartedly into traditional country via a mix of covers and originals, featuring her backing band, The Boyfriends. In 1998, she went on to begin a long-running affiliation with the Vancouver indie supergroup the New Pornographers, recorded vocals for a few songs that ended up on Mass Romantic, The New Pornographers' first album. After finishing her studies in Canada, she returned to Washington and began work on her second solo album. The lovely, melancholy Furnace Room Lullaby was released in 2000 and won high praise for its dark compositions, all of which were written or co-written by Case.
Case subsequently relocated to Chicago, home of a thriving alt-country scene, and released the home-recorded Canadian Amp EP in 2001. Its moody, late-night ambience carried over to 2002's Blacklisted, a darker yet more eclectic affair.
Over her 25-year long career, Case has released 9 solo albums and 7 albums with The New Pornographers.
She has been nominated for 3 Grammy Awards and has collaborated with many artists including k.d. lang, Laura Veirs, Marianne Faithfull, and Mavis Staples.
Case’s most recent album, “Hell-On,” was released in 2018.