Righteous babe Roberta
“Communication is all that we have / but the voice of a woman / doesn’t usually go far / unless she is screaming / and shouting and pleading.” So says Roberta Chevrette in “Your Words,” a spoken-word track on her otherwise musical album Miss America. Chevrette makes no effort to hide her influences in the design of her new CD. The Earth Girl Records label, her dreadlocks and acoustic guitar, and the illustration of a pair of 18-eye combat boots that evokes the logo of Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records—all of it prompts listeners to expect socially conscious folk music with a feminist edge. Musicians Ken Burnett and John Bellizia create a sweet Americana backdrop for Chevrette’s serious messages, allowing her voice to be heard (without screaming, shouting and pleading). Join Chevrette for the Miss America CD-release party on Saturday night at 8 p.m. The all-ages show at the Art Foundry, located at 1021 R Street, offers a sliding-scale admission of $8 to $15. Call (916) 444-2787 for more information.