October 27, 1989 |
Self-proclaimed "folkabilly" singer Nanci Griffith casually mentioned progressive West German filmmaker Wim Wenders during her performance at the Chestnut Cabaret on Wednesday night. During the course of a 90-minute show, she also brought up apartheid, Belfast and Dan Quayle. And opening-act James McMurtry's set absolutely rattled with existential isolation. Worldly as well as world-weary, these rising stars debunked stereotypes of folk and country music. McMurtry's guitar-playing is just decent.