Latin Conference & Awards

Out Past the Lights

Brooklyn-by-way-of-Austin songsmith Ana Egge emerges from opening-act status for the likes of Shawn Colvin and Ron Sexsmith to deserving headliner with her fourth CD, "Out Past the Lights," a breakout

Brooklyn-by-way-of-Austin songsmith Ana Egge emerges from opening-act status for the likes of Shawn Colvin and Ron Sexsmith to deserving headliner with her fourth CD, "Out Past the Lights," a breakout collection. Egge sings about tangled relationships and new beginnings in her lyrical tunes that are dreamlike and haunting, delicate and rough, folksy and hard-strum rocking. While she could easily play the folk card with her acoustic guitar-crafted songs, Egge takes them to a new level, with instrumental flavors and textures from country (pedal steel), jazz (trumpet) and pop (electric guitar). Sexsmith contributes harmony vocals, guitarist Tony Scherr plays a stinging slide on the gritty "Closer to the Motor," and trumpeter Shane Endsley soars through the indelible pop tune "Straight to My Head." Highlights include "Motorcycle," which captures the freedom of the two-wheel-experience, and the quiet, show-stopping gem "Victoria," that clocks in at barely more than two minutes.—DO