WANT TO GO?
With Nellie McKay, The Mountain Goats, Dr. Dog, Red Wanting Blue and The Spirit Family Reunion
WHERE: Keith Albee Theater, Huntington
WHEN: 7 p.m. Sunday
TICKETS: Advance tickets $25, at the door $30
INFO: 304-696-6656 or www.mountainstage.org
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With just a few days left before the presidential election, singer/songwriter Nellie McKay isn't afraid to wade into the fray. The 30-year-old, who performs Sunday on "Mountain Stage" in Huntington, sounded annoyed that the choice for president really comes down to just two candidates.
She said, "To paraphrase George Carlin, you go to the grocery store and you have 64 choices for bagel, but you only get two choices for president?"
McKay, who recently released her fifth full-length album, "Home Sweet Mobile Home," has always been political and wears her views pinned to her sleeve -- or tied to her cleverly constructed song. She's a feminist and interested in social justice, the environment and world peace.
However, McKay isn't entirely sure the two "major" candidates running are interested in the same things she is. At least, they're not interested in them to the same degree she is.
It's kind of depressing, she said, and some of that depression seeps into her new record. From song to song, she jauntily bounces from style to style, but there's an underlying sense of unease and discontent. The fun and bright music sometimes comes with deep shadows.