The Truffle Pigs in Field is hosting Regina’s “Best Singer” for a concert on Tuesday March 13.
Belle Plaine is an acoustic-guitar playing, storytelling vocalist whose debut full-length album, Notes From a Waitress, reached number three on the National Jazz Chart. Plaine describes the album she recorded at Edmontone Studios along with several fellow Grant MacEwan College alumni.
“I wanted the songs to read as a travelogue from the other side of the world and back. They’re like souvenirs from each journey. It’s my thowback to the vocal jazz of the 1960s. Think of Peggy Lee and Julie London. I created Notes From a Waitress in the spirit of these artists,” she said.
The success of this album, combined with an assertive touring scheduling has caught the attention of the Canadian fans and music industry alike. Belle Plaine (a.k.a. Melanie Hankewich) was selected by the 2013 Juno Host committee as the artist performer and representative to perform and scrum with media at both local announcement and national nominee announcement. She was also recently offered official showcases at BreakOut West and the Folk Alliance International Conference. Her music and live show have attracted favourable attention from CBC personality Grand Lawrence and Juno-nominee jazz songstress Jill Barber.
Belle Plaine’s own brand of jazz fusion unites swing with vintage country and feminine pop. Audiences experience a genre-crossing set list that includes her original music, sensual jazz standards such as Nobody Knows When You’re Down and Out by Nina Simone, folk anthems such as Bob Dylan’s I Shall Be Released, and country classics such as Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys. The Truffle Pigs show is at 7 p.m. on March 13, and admission is by donation.