For more than 10 years, Cat Power has been releasing emotional, cathartic music that has made her an icon of indie-rock. She returns to AUSTIN CITY LIMITS with a new CD which combines her signature lyrical honesty with the Southern soul of Memphis for one of the most critically-praised releases of the year. Cat Power made her ACL debut in 2004 as The Flaming Lips’ special guest.
Cat Power, the stage name of Chan Marshall, “takes wild liberties with lyrics and melodies, and dissolves indie-rock self-consciousness into fractured, heartrending folk-blues” (Entertainment Weekly). She has shown herself to be a gifted vocalist capable of expressing gut wrenching emotion on each of her releases including 1995’s Dear Sir, 1996’s Myra Lee and What Would the Community Think, 1998’s Moon Pix and 2000’s The Cover Record.
2003’s You Are Free was “a triumph of minimalism” (E Online) that brought Cat Power to a wider audience. Rolling Stone wrote “Free may be her most beautiful album, as well as her cagiest: There are gaunt rock songs and ramshackle ballads, all painted with bold, sure strokes that belie her ambivalence.”
Earlier this year, Cat Power released The Greatest, which features Memphis musicians backing her for a CD that critics say “weaves together new and old, soul and country, black and white, love and hate, to form an understated