ZZ Ward and Cat Clyde packed the Fine Line Cafe on Friday evening for a sold-out show. ZZ has played many times in the Twin Cities and has always put on a great performance, but this was Cat Clyde’s debut in Minneapolis. ZZ Ward has a huge following here in Minneapolis. I have been lucky enough in my career not only to meet ZZ and talk with her but to photograph her several times. I always look forward to seeing her on each tour.
Opening up the evening was Cat Clyde a brand new artist out of Stratford, Ontario. Cat released her debut album “Ivory Castanets” in early 2017. She is a fresh take on the classic sounds of yesteryear; breathing new life into the velvety vocals, tack-piano, slide-guitar-style that can instantly walk you through the swinging doors of a packed saloon with her voice alone. Her major influences range from Etta James to Janis Joplin.
Cat played a solo thirty minute set with her acoustic guitar. Her vocals are so good she doesn’t need a band behind her. Cat had said “before the show she had the chance to sit down and jam with ZZ Ward and what a treat that was”. The fans loved loved her energetic performance.