The 5-piece band Lotus Hill followed soon after, playing about an hour’s worth of tunes from both of their albums. I had last seen them in June at The Grape Room, as they were just getting into Twitter and fully producing some of the new material. They had also played at this year’s Cape May Singer Songwriter Festival. Tonight, they worked their magic as before. Lotus Hill is at once original and yet so familiar. There’s nothing in their music that would sound out of place alongside comparables like 10,000 Maniacs, Aimee Mann, or the oft-compared Indigo Girls. Kevin Henry on lead guitar and Christine Moll on acoustic wrote most of the material on their prior album “A New Sun”. On the new album, the fan-funded “Shine”, everyone chips, in, including Grammy-nominated producer David Ivory. Though there is the strength of Peggy Carroll-Henry as the primary vocalist, there is really no ‘leader’ in the band, no signature song. They are a band in true definition, working with great chemistry (perhaps the marriages as influences?), fortified with strong songwriting. Among the songs I have enjoyed hearing were the earnest “Bittersweet” and the triumphant “Show Me The Way”, They are songs representing the realities of life, emerging from journeys, reflection without reflective tones; the guitars and dual vocals of Christine and Peggy kept the audience hooked in. The couple of Kevin and Peggy were somewhat animated in style both left and center of the stage, (Kevin prowling large territory a good deal through each song) compared to Christine (acoustic) and John McMullen’s (bass) firm stance on the other side. Their number-one fan Lisa Patti handled merch that included both CDs and plenty of t-shirts. They even decorated the bust of a plaster gent mounted above the merch table with a t-shirt.
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