According to Bruce Iglauer, president of Alligator Records, that love child would be a “she” and she would be up-and-coming artist Lindsay Beaver.
Beaver is a blues-rocking, soul-singing, drummer, songwriter and bandleader, who has embarked on her “Tough As Love” tour and is stopping tonight at the Legendary Boobie Trap to treat our Topeka ears. In fact, “Tough As Love” her Alligator Records debut and impetus for the tour is due out today.
“When I first started out, I couldn’t find a singer I liked and I couldn’t find a drummer I liked, so I decided to do both,” said Lindsay.
On the album and on stage, Beaver makes an immediate and unforgettable impression. Standing front and center at her kit, singing every song from the depths of her soul, she delivers blues, R+B and old school rock ‘n’ roll with punk rock energy, and sings with a voice brimming with attitude and soulfulness. She comes at every song with urgent intensity, soul-baring emotion, a distinct swagger and a take-no-prisoners confidence.
Over the course of her career, Beaver self-released five albums by her previous band, the 24th Street Wailers, producing three of them. “Tough As Love” is her first release under her own name. “I like music with drive and passion,” she says. “I write what I know and I sing what I know. At my shows, I want people to have fun and to be moved. I want everyone to be inspired to dance and I want at least some people to be moved to tears. And I definitely want every person to go home saying, ‘I’m never going to forget this.’”
Catch Lindsay Beaver with Topeka’s Heather Newman from Heather Newman Band tonight at The Trap. Show starts at 10:30p with Heather Newman and Lindsay Beaver following. $5 cover.