Growing older doesn't necessarily mean losing your rebellious edge—or sense of humor. Los Angeles singer/songwriter Deborah Holland makes this case quite convincingly throughout her new release, the wonderful, aptly titled Bad Girl Once . . . Soccer Mom Now. Holland, the former keyboardist/lead vocalist in Animal Logic, a late-'80s experimental jazz-pop trio featuring Stanley Clarke and Stewart Copeland, deliciously skewers pop culture in such selections as "Song About Sex," "Chain Stores, Malls and Restaurants," and "On My Way."
The Arizona-born Yates has found success in Nashville and Los Angeles writing songs for others, most notably collaborating with Garth Brooks on several hits, including "Thicker Than Blood" and the Golden Globe-nominated "When You Come Back to Me Again" (from the film Frequency). More artistically impressive, though, is her much-anticipated solo debut, Out of the Blue, an authentic-sounding collection of roots/country/Americana music.
Themes of social awareness and female independence link these three talented ladies. But it is Holland—whose style and delivery reminds me of a female Loudon Wainwright III—who reveals the most about herself and the complex world she inhabits. Soccer mom now? Hardly.
The Living Tradition Concert Series presents the California Song Girls at the Downtown Community Center, 250 E. Center St., Anaheim, (949) 646-1964; www.livingtradition.org. Sat., 7:30 p.m. $14; children under 18, free with paid adult. Reservations strongly recommended.
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