Blending rhythm and blues with rock and roll, out singer-songwriter Barbara Payton, a local performer, flaunts a raw presence with candid lyrics. It’s one of the reasons the Detroiter has become such a huge draw in the area.
“If Led Zeppelin’s dynamic frontman Robert Plant married raunchy singer Bette Midler, their offspring just might look and sound like Barbara Payton, the lanky throaty rocker from Detroit combines Plant’s worldly hippie outlook and raw sensuality with Midler’s dramatic flair and cabaret style,” Mitch Hotts of the Macomb Daily said.
With two albums, “Walk on Water” and “Enjoy the View,” Payton hits several venues and bars in the area. Here’s a list of her upcoming performances:
May 13, 20, 27, 9:30 p.m. Acoustic duo.
Como’s, 9 Mile and Woodward, Ferndale, 2 sets. Call 248-548-5005 for more information.
May 18, 9:30 p.m. Full band.
Dino’s, 9 Mile and Woodward, 2 sets. Call 248-591-3466 for more information.
May 19, 26, 8 p.m. Acoustic trio.
Mario’s, John R., south of Maple. Call 248-588-6000 for more information.