I just can't come to terms with the fact that her voice is that of an nineteen year old. It's got a smokey smoothness and cadence that almost instantly reminded me of Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power) with the accompanying bluesy background. Clearly I'm not the only one impressed with her voice. Kitchell has had the opportunity to partner with jazz great Herbie Hancock both on tour and on his 2007 Joni Mitchell tribute The Joni Letters (read about it here). Almost as shocking as her voice is the revelation that she grew up about 20 minutes away from where I live and this is my first time catching her sound.
With a voice and talent this developed at eighteen, the future seems bright from Kitchell. She's playing live near me next month and I hope to check out her live show to see how it measures up. In the meantime, enjoy these two cuts from the record.
Cat Power - It's Alright To Fail : The Hottest State Soundtrack