Kamara Thomas and the Night Drivers
February 21, 2016 · 4-7pm/NO Cover
Kamara Thomas writes hypnotic, astro-religious musical tales culled from ancient American songlines and dreamtimes. The songwriting draws from a wide swath of classic country and rock– echoes of Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris and Tom Petty co-mingle with the folk sounds of spirituals, hymns, mountainsong and shaman-craft. Kamara performs with her band The Nightdrivers– Steve Anderson (drums), Sarah Dawson (backup vocals), Nathan Golub (bass) and Gordon Hartin (pedal steel) and Tim Shearer (guitar)– out of Durham, North Carolina.
In her musical theatre works Kamara seeks to examine the mythologies that underlie current belief systems and then re-discover rituals that affirm life and embed symbols of healing and empowerment . In 2015 Kamara was a featured artist for Lincoln Center Education’s repertory season, presenting songs from Tularosa, a theatre work in development that explores the American zeitgeist set against the mythology of the Wild West. Also in development is Bulgaria, a musical fairy tale about feminine creative experience based on the myths of Persephone and Orpheus/Eurydice in the underworld.