While there are plenty of excellent songwriters and bands in the Ottawa area, Keturah Johnson may be the one who will emerge to the top of this growing talent. In watching her perform live and listening to her music, she has the potential to be the National Capital Region’s answer to P.J. Harvey – her music is raw, gritty, spirited, and sprawling.
Her style, though, is darker and more brooding. Her lyrics are intense and personal. Her sound is a mix of blues, roots, and deep, melodic indie rock. Her music isn’t for the faint-of-heart nor for people who want top-40 hooks and repetition, but is is made for those who appreciate the art of songwriting.
But Johnson is starting to experiment with new sounds and genres. Backed by a four-piece ensemble, she’s now delving into psychedelia, heavy soul, and folk-rock. Kind of sounds like P.J. Harvey. In her show at The Blacksheep Inn earlier this year, she tested some of new songs, which went over well with the audience.
It will be interesting to watch Johnson grow and whether she continues to pursue her career as a solo artist or fronting a band. Regardless of the path she takes, her future is extremely bright.
Johnson’s early work is available on her Bandcamp site. She plays the Barney Danson Theatre on Friday, July 11 at 6:00 PM. This might be the last time she’ll be playing in the intimate theatre, so catch her while you can.
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