Los Angeles’ Samantha Sidley is a jazz vocalist that interprets feeling with the finesse of a Hollywood starlet and hungry poet, and adoringly swoons on “I Like Girls.” Acting as the first introduction for Sidley’s debut album, Interior Person, set to be released September 13th via Release Me Records — created by an array of women including Inara George (The Bird and The Bee) — “I Like Girls” is a refreshing declaration that lights a sincere and joyous heart — inviting anyone to sing along.
During the unplugged rendition of Sidley’s lead single, “I Like Girls,” the performance encapsulates the sincerity of the track. Featuring Alex Lilly on guitar, Barbara Gruska on drums, Dan Reckard on sax, and Vikram Devasthali on trombone, the cozy performance swings with an Americana-jazz flare. The chipper rhythms dance alongside Sidley’s powerful and flexible vocals; adapting to the rise and fall of the track. Playful scats and rich verses swim through the myriad of girls that Sidley appreciatively sing for and to, that range from the feminine to the rugged, the questioning to the outed, and the girl who is falling apart.
Despite not directly writing the track — written by Alex Lilly (Beck) and Barbara Gruska (The Belle Brigade) — Sidley absorbs each word and transmutes it with a guarded and proud delivery that it seems to breathe from an intimate crevice from the singer. “Inara and Alex and Barbara wrote songs that are all very personal to my story – they literally are my story – and from my lesbian perspective, which I appreciate so much,” Sidley says. “I’m gay and I’m proud, and I want to sing songs that are about being gay and proud.”
“I Like Girls” out June 21st; debut album, Interior Person, Sept. 13th on Release Me Records.
Cover photo: Claire Marie Vogel
All dates w/ Alex Lilly, The Bird and The Bee
08/11/2019: St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club (TIX)
08/12/2019: Chicago, IL @ Sleeping Village (TIX)
08/14/2019: Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre (TIX)
08/15/2019: Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre (TIX)
08/16/2019: Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live (TIX)
08/17/2019: Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere (TIX)
08/20/2019: Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
08/21/2019: Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5 (TIX)
08/22/2019: Birmingham, AL @ The Saturn (TIX)
08/24/2019: Dallas, TX @ Trees (TIX)
08/25/2019: Austin, TX @ Parish
08/28/2019: Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
08/29/2019: San Diego, CA @ Casbah (TIX)
08/30/2919: San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop (TIX)