When Cassandra Wilson sings a story, it’s heartfelt and soulful, brimming with that Wilsonian introspection. She’s sung new insight into Miles Davis, the Great American Songbook, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Robert Johnson. Her originals come from a place deep inside.
Cassandra recently came in to WBGO to perform music from her just-concluded world tour with Liam Ó Maonlaí, a founding member of the Hothouse Flowers, the Irish group combining traditional Irish music with soul, gospel and rock. Their collaboration was conceived in New York at The Irish Arts Center.
Cassandra and Liam — with guitarists Marvin Sewell and David O’Rourke — performed songs of Liam’s homeland, a hymn, and a beyond-the-box version of Van Morrison’s “Tupelo Honey.”