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Voices on the Verge

In a few ways, Voices for the Verge is Four Bitchin’ Babes: another Generation. Erin McKeown, Jess Klein, Beth Amsel, and Rose Polenzani possess all accomplished some degree of single achievement, but this folk-pop collective, where the four vocalist/songwriters interpret each other’s tracks, puts all in an thrilling, partly improvisatory environment that showcases each member’s advantages while downplaying their weaknesses. Voices for the Verge started like a one-off display in the Iron Equine, a mentioned folk golf club in Northampton, MA, in November 1998. Bostonians Amsel and Klein, Rhode Island-based McKeown, and Chicagoan Polenzani performed some other displays within the Northeast and Midwest in 1999 and 2000 and documented their debut recording, RESIDE IN Philadelphia, before a small viewers at Philadelphia’s Indre Studios during the period of two evenings in early 2001. The recording, featuring three tracks by each vocalist/songwriter, premiered in October of this year, having a national tour pursuing in early 2002.

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