A long mess of curly blond hair, a smear of red lipstick, a below-knee-length white dress, an acoustic guitar, a two-beat beat, a girlish voice mixed with a Janis Joplin vocal complex, and a gig on stage at the Lingerie. . . . Sounds like Maria McKee about four years ago, doesn't it?
But it's a Monday night in 1987 and it's Kimm Rogers, a promising newcomer who is both more and less orthodox than that inevitable comparison might suggest.
It's more ordinary in that when Rogers plays country-rock (which is only part of the time), it's definitely country-rock and not country-punk. But there's a spin she puts on her lyrics that's more knowingly askew, less precocious--like in the wryly titled "Get Over Yourself," which pops the question, "Why don't you get out of your way?"
Like McKee, Rogers is most pleasing as a vocalist when she tones herself down. (Unlike McKee, Rogers is not technically skilled enough to always get away with the loud stuff.) Her most impressive numbers Monday tended to be the most low-key tunes--including a John Prine number, "Speed of the Sound of Loneliness," one of two duets shared with guest Jimmer Podrasky of the Rave-Ups.