Friday, January 11, 2008

Holly Cole Performing at Tralf Music Hall, Friday January 25

Buffalo, NY01/10/08— Canadian vocalist Holly Cole will be performingat the Tralf Music Hall, in downtown Buffalo, NY, on Friday, January25, 2008.

Canadian vocalist Holly Cole isn't one of those artists who falls into any one category. Her smoky voice is sultry, yet she's ironicallyhumorous and candid while reshaping traditional standards and popclassics. In 1983, Cole left Halifax for Toronto in search of amusical start. She gigged in and around the Queen Street music scene. Within two years, she formed the Holly Cole Trio with bassist DavidPiltch and pianist Aaron Davis. They spent the next year crafting awarm jazz minimalist style. Alert Music's Tom Berry was taken by thetrio's sharp presentation and offered the Holly Cole Trio a deal in1989. Their debut, Girl Talk, was released in 1990. Two years later,they landed a contract with Blue Note's Manhattan imprint and issued the sensual Blame It on My Youth. It went on to sell 200,000 copiesworldwide while also earning high praise in Japan. Nearly 500 copieswere sold a day!

The Holly Cole Trio was experimenting with pop elements by the time they recorded their 1993 effort Don't Smoke in Bed. This particularrecord was more tangible and glossy compared to Cole's earlier work,allowing Cole to become one of Canada's musical darlings. The trio's rendition of Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now" became a crossoverhit and highlighted the group's changing direction. The edgy andunpredictable Temptation appeared in 1995. Cole's choice to cover classics by gravelly crooner Tom Waits was ambitious, the formulaworked, and she reworked material by Joni Mitchell, Mary MargaretO'Hara, and the Beatles for Dark Dear Heart. She released her first holiday-themed album, Baby, It's Cold Outside, in 2001, but returnedto her eclectic style with Shade in 2003 and Holly Cole in 2007.

Friday, January 25, 2008
Holly Cole
7pm doors
Tralf Music Hall
622 Main St.
Buffalo, NY

Tickets at Ticketmaster outlets, , charge by phone716-852-5000 and the Tralf Box Office.

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