Puss N’ Boots @ The Bell House, 1.24.2013

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On a frigid Thursday night, all-girl country act Puss n Boots played the last of three January shows at the Bell House, Brooklyn. Though ostensibly a three-piece band made up of Norah Jones, Sash Dobson, Catherine Popper– all talented musicians and singers– it was fairly clear early on that the main reason most people braved temperatures in the low teens and headed to the Gowanus section of Brooklyn was to catch a bit of Norah Jones in a much smaller venue than the multiple-Grammy winner usually plays. The band kicked things of with Sasha Dobson taking the lead on vocals, to a warm ovation. But once Jones chimed in on a verse, the crowd let loose a rousing cheer, eliciting a smiling “Fuck you guys,” from Dobson.

The setlist was comprised mostly of covers, the highlight of which might have been a cover of Wilco’s “Jesus, Etc.” with Jones on vocals. The three ladies switched up instruments and vocal duties throughout the show, with Dobson switching to drums for long stretches, and Jones and Popper trying out some new instruments. Popper, who’s previous credits include playing bass for Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, took up the guitar, while Jones tried her hand at the violin. Though she reported only playing the violin for a short time (and said the show was her first time playing it in public), she nonetheless had a violin with “Norah Jones” branded into it, which one would assume would be something Jones could afford on a whim after selling over 50 millions albums.

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