Lincoln Hall | Mon., July 17 | 8:00 PM | 18+ | $17 ADV / $20 DOORS
Beth Ditto: bethditto.com
U.S. Girls: usgirls.bandcamp.com
It's tempting to set up a grand introduction for Beth Ditto on the occasion of her solo debut after disbanding the Gossip, but this native Arkansan can say so much in a few swaggerful lines over a pounding kick drum and bone-rattling bass guitar: «Two sisters, four brothers/Hard worker, like my mother/Not bitter, so sweet/Strawberry ca-ca- canned peach!» Those lyrics (from the Jacknife Lee cowrite «Oo La La») contain the fundamentals of Ditto's album Fake Sugar: family strength, punky grit, unabashed Southernness and the rural-rags- to-rock- royalty story of our hostess, who here turns strive and strife into music that is honeyed and familiar. Over an overhauled mashup of driving blues, malt-shop pop, swooning rock and countrified soul produced by Jennifer Decilveo (Andra Day, Ryn Weaver), Ditto approaches love, loss, looking back and moving forward with all the sexiness, poignancy, power and beauty you'd hope to hear from such an iconoclastic artist.