SOUTH BURLINGTON Im cooler than this, Emily White laughingly told the Higher Ground audience on Sept. 7 when she realized that she had forgotten her guitar pick. Indeed she is.
After going offstage for a minute, White returned to electrify the Womyns Night/First Friday fans with her fine acoustic guitar playing, distinctive voice, and intelligent, often poignant lyrics. The Memphis-bred singer/songwriters honesty, humility, and humor are evident in everything she sings and says.
I got nothing to hide, she candidly sang, as she covered the Indigo Girls Reunion.
In between adeptly entertaining with tunes like the moving My Brother and I, the anti-war River of Forgetfulness, and the densely rhythmical Strangers Hands, White spoke about enjoying Burlington on past visits except, of course, for the time when someone rudely exposed himself to her while she was rollerblading. Candor does have its limits.
Whites debut EP, Every Pulse (2005), is available at her website, Emily-White.com. She is also taking orders for her new album to be released in the fall.
The Womyns Night series began years ago at Pearls (now sadly gone) and continues at Higher Ground. Each event, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., highlights an aspiring singer/songwriter and then morphs into a dance party featuring DJ Precious and DJ Llu from 10 p.m. until close.
Viva DeConcini will brandish her vocal nastiness at the Oct. 5 Womyns Night/First Friday. The Nov. 2 event will feature Liz Stahler and Brianna Lane. Northeast Performer claims that Stahler can seemingly tell a story with one syllable. Similarly, Coffeehousetour.com says that Lane gives you the moon, the stars, and everything in between with her beautiful lyrics and stunning vocals.
Higher Ground has provided alot to look forward to on future First Fridays. The club is at 1214 Williston Rd., So. Burlington. Womyns Night/First Friday tickets are $5 in advance and $10 on the day of the show. For more information call 802-652-0777 or visit