Acme Feed & Seed (Nashville, TN) - 1/6/15
Following Anna Haas + The Effect on stage is no easy feat, and yet if there was an artist capable of it, it would be Rae Hering. This local artist, supported by a two-piece bass and drum backing band, jumps around between guitar, piano, and even accordion throughout the course of a set. Despite this, the music never feels jumbled; it’s clear that Hering has a very specific direction she wants the set to go, and both her and the rest of the band do a very admirable job transforming these ideas into a tangible show. Of course, Hering’s fantastic vocals served as a centerpiece for nearly every song of the set and provided a consistent theme for audience members to latch on to. Fortunately, Hering possesses stunning vocal abilities, and both the dynamic and pitch ranges of her voice easily impress. Hering also employs a variety of clever lyrical tricks, including implementing a Shel Silverstein poem into one of the tracks later on in the set. Moreover, Hering’s backing band kept in lock the entire set, lending a groovy foundation to underscore Hering’s vocal melodies. In all, a successful set to be sure.
- Jack Smith (No Country for New Nashville)