Calpernia Addams is perhaps best known for starring in the the 2008 reality TV dating show Transamerican Love Story, as well as a prolific career as a club entertainer. But she has also been a bluegrass and folk musician since childhood, and in a the past few years she has begun to release music following those traditions.
As a club entertainer, Addams released a number of house/EDM and pop tracks, many of them parody covers, or funny originals like “Likin’ Big Dicks” and “Stunning.” More recently, she has been going back to her bluegrass and gospel routes with originals and covers from artists like Dolly Parton, The Animals, and classics from Marlene Dietrich and Mae West. Addams is multi-talented, not only singing, but also playing auto harp, accordion, violin, and guitar on many of her songs. Her voice is reminiscent of olden tyme cabaret and movies. It’s very raspy, and heavily drenched in reverb on many of her tracks, making it even more haunting than it might be on its own. Her version of “House of the Rising Sun,” guts the sad desperation of The Animals take, leaving just lonliness.
In past year she has toured the US and UK with indie musician Patrick Wolf, and has set up a regular Dolly Parton Gospel brunch, bringing in women to sing Parton’s gospel classics. She steadily releases tracks on her soundcloud, so make sure to check there for new music.
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