Here’s Enid Futterman’s lovely review of the Habitat for Humanity benefit we played on January 4 at Club Helsinki:
Last night, I got Dust Bowl Faeries. I saw them at the Spotty Dog on a night last summer, when Ryder Cooley, the faerie queen, hid behind Hazel, her stuffed ram. The lighting was dark, and the mix was off, so I could neither see nor hear her well. I managed to hear and like a song about Hudson well enough, and liked it even better at Helsinki. The Faeries (the other two are Sara Ayers and Karen Cole) are originals, an acquired taste perhaps, but I have now officially acquired it, after only two exposures. They play a witches (bitches?) brew of instruments—accordion, lap-steel guitar, electronic piano, ukulele, and sometimes, but not last night, musical saw, but unlikely as it sounds, it sounds great. Cooley adorns herself like a slightly mad child/woman, sings with a throaty voice that can summon elemental beings and animal spirits, and talks with the same voice in a lower register, in a seemingly diffident and tentative, but probably assured, inherently comic way, on script and off-the-cuff both.