Jennifer Knapp wastes no time delivering the goods at Club Cafe
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Jennifer Knapp wasted no time proving to the standing-room only crowd at Club Cafe Friday night that a seven-year absence only served to make her better than ever.
Playing a mix of old favorites and new songs from her upcoming release, "Letting Go," the folk rocker held the crowd rapt with her dynamic energy and an acoustic guitar.
New songs like "Dive In," "Letting Go" and "Inside" showed Ms. Knapp's further foray in the rock genre after having made her mark years ago as an award-winning Christian rocker. Showing her softer side, she sang the haunting new ballad "Better Man" talking about her journey back to the stage and honored her grandfather with the new "Mr. Gray."
Audience members contentedly sat on the floor in front of the stage and sang along with old favorites "Usher Me Down," "A Little More" and "Martyrs & Thieves."
Sharing the bill with her was Derek Webb. He sang a 45-minute set that spoke of his faith but was more rightly centered on social justice issues in songs like the '50's doo-wop style "Freddie, Please" that takes a popular television preacher to task for his stand on many hot-button issues of the church today. Mr. Webb has a strong following from his days as a member of Caedmon's Call and his work with wife singer-songwriter Sandra McCracken pulling songs from the CD's "Mockingbird" and the current "Stockholm Syndrome."
Warming up the crowd was Amy Courts, who sang a nice three-song set of original music. The evening ended with the three joining together for Ms. Knapp's rousing "Stone to the River." Without a doubt, they left the audience wanting more and gave them everything they came to see.
First Published March 28, 2010 7:08 pm