Guitarist/songwriter/singer Skip Heller returns to Sacramento and Shine Cafe on Friday, March 30 with newest solo release, Foolish Me, a country/soul offering that takes little turns through Western Swing, lowrider old school, and more. All About Jazz Magazine raved that Foolish Me “is Heller paying tribute to great songs by writing songs that are their equal.”
About the talent of Skip Heller, rock critic and historian Bill Bentley wrote, “It is impossible to learn to sound this good. There just aren’t many people as soulful. Heller’s vocals are the equal of his playing, but it’s the songwriting that shines brightest.” The disc is indeed as big a treat as we’ve come to expect from this “droll, insightful songwriter” (Time Out New York) who has worked with everyone from the protean NRBQ to exotic diva Yma Sumac, Blasters Phil Alvin, Americana songwriter and guitarist Dave Alvin, Chicano music father Lalo Guerrero, Wall of Voodoo mastermind Stan Ridgway, East LA legends Cannibal and the Headhunters, Blues Diva Candye Kane, rockabilly giant Wanda Jackson and tons more.
Since arriving in Los Angeles in 1995 to work with exotica godfather Les Baxter, Heller has distinguished himself as a kind of all-star of all styles, equally at home in jazz, rockabilly, ranchera, exotica, country, cartoon music, and more. His live shows are intimate yet dynamic. He can make any space feel like a living room where the audience is an important part of the experience. This time out, he’s accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Claire Costa, who appears throughout Foolish Me on both vocals and rhythm guitar.
The show also features Sacramento’s Dr. Velocity (aka Bo Richards) and Noah Nelson.
8:00 p.m. $5 (All Ages) The Shine Cafe, 1400 E St., Sacramento, 95814, Contact Shine Cafe at (916) 551-1400 for more information. http://shinesacramento.com