Rita Coolidge is one of the most prolific singers in the genre of soul and rock and roll that I’ve ever had the joy of watching perform. The singer known as the ‘Delta Lady’ has been around and sang for Leon Russell, Joe Cocker, Harry Chapin, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Dave Mason, Graham Nash, and Stephen Stillswith. To say she is a part of a legacy would be an understatement. This last Saturday she brought all that experience and poise to the stage at The Rose in Pasadena. It’s nearly impossible to describe a singer of her caliber. Her voice was smoky in all the right places, silky in others. Sometimes her voice would tremble with sorrow. It was a powerful thing to witness on stage.
The Rose was packed, I had never seen a larger turnout and the audience was amazing. Rita was charming and we had the delight of hearing so many stories about her career. The way she held the audience in the palm of her hand was nothing below incredible.
All in all it was an amazing show filled with delight and just the right amount of melancholy. Something I don’t think I’ll ever forget and certainly a show I’ll be talking about for quite awhile.