Duck Club Touring artist, Kelli Schaefer plays from her new record, No Identity, in the opbmusic studio on April 1, 2017.
“Kelli Schaefer is a local musician, so some of opbmusic’s staff had already seen her unveil songs from her album No Identity during a gig several months prior to this session. We thought we knew what to expect — but we weren’t prepared for this. Schaefer, who’s known as a talented guitarist, surprisingly opted to front her band without an instrument. Seemingly freed from that burden, she held the stage with a subtle anxiety that added urgency and importance to virtually every word she sang. The centerpiece of the performance was this powerful version of “Underground.” Driven by a simple but infectious bass line, the song gives Schaefer room to sing — and can she ever sing. Through chopped-up verses and soaring choruses, she turned in one of the most impressive performances I’ve seen in years.” —Jerad Walker, opbmusic
Read more: NPR Music’s Essential Songs, Albums, Performances And Videos Of 2017 (So Far) Watch videos from the performance here. Listen to her interview with State Of Wonder’s April Baer and download MP3s from her session with opbmusic here: