Daily Archives: August 6, 2010

Lauren Pritchard plays the Mercury Lounge

Lauren Pritchard, with drummer Simon Lea, at the Mercury Lounge in New York City on Aug. 5. (Photos copyright 2010, Steven P. Marsh)

Lauren Pritchard conquered Broadway as Lise in the fantastic original company of the Tony Award-winning rock musical Spring Awakening. On Thursday, the Tennessee native, who’s just 22 years old, returned to New York City to conquer the pop scene.

Lauren, who played keys and sang, got subtle backing from drummer Simon Lea and guitarist Paul Sayer. She blew the roof off the Mercury Lounge with her powerful voice. She sang a very short, showcase set —just eight songs — in a bluesey style with country touches. Her delivery was just the right balance of Broadway power and authentic saloon-singer sloppiness.

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