City Slang: Katie Grace to play Smalls

Local outlaw country bad girl Katie Grace will headline Smalls in Hamtramck on Saturday, July 7, at 9 p.m. Fellow member of the Inside Outlaws collective Matt Dmits opens the show. Cover if $6 for 21 and over, $10 for under 21.

As I said around the time of the Blowout, Grace is a self-proclaimed Catholic schoolgirl gone bad. Behind those youthful angelic looks and big voice festers the soul of an outlaw, a bluegrass troubadour and a beer-swilling hell raiser. This woman has tapped into the blood vein that fed young Merle Haggard and Tony Joe White, and she brings on that kind of spirit. Grace paid her dues in all-girl bluegrass band the Syreens, the rootsy Salt Miners and Shotgun Wedding, a country-ish band with Eddie Baranek from the Sights. Then came Doop & the Inside Outlaws.

Grace recently released her debut album Best Bad Girl, which is suddenly getting mad love, and for good reason. Grace has a command that's inescapable, and she's an original, and that isn't hollow praise.

T’will be a great night.

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