Leslie Alexander (left) and Jenny Allen return to the Okanagan after last year’s Love ‘em and Leave ‘em tour

Leslie Alexander (left) and Jenny Allen return to the Okanagan after last year’s Love ‘em and Leave ‘em tour

Duo comes clean on new tour

  • Apr. 10, 2011 12:00 p.m.

After test-driving their new songs across western Canada, including a stop in the North Okanagan, on last year’s Love ‘em and Leave ‘em tour, Jenny Allen and Leslie Alexander are at it again.

About to hit the stage at Lorenzo’s Café in the wilds of Ashton Creek, both women are also releasing new solo CDs, each produced by John Ellis, who has worked with the Be Good Tanyas, Jane Siberry, and last year won producer of the year at the B.C. Interior Music Awards for his work with Barney Bentall.

Alexander and Allen  first joined forces when the pair found themselves on stage singing with Jane Siberry on her famous encore, Calling All Angels.

Now sharing vocals, multiple instruments, and much in common, the women agree that their set list, which they say “exchanged like a salty heart-to-heart over a load of laundry,” contains their most personal songs yet.

Culled from their new records, the women cover everything from old times to fresh starts with the razor-sharp songwriting and powerhouse performances their fans have come to expect.

Alexander and Allen may not believe in talking dirty, but their on-stage chemistry has been known to bubble over into sheer soap opera on occasion.

Featuring harmony vocals, guitars, washboard, harmonica and other assorted instruments, from flat-out folk, rock ‘n’ roll to more intimate fare, Allen and Alexander are coming clean to town near you.

They will be at Lorenzo’s 901 Enderby Mabel Lake Rd. east of  Enderby, Saturday, April 16 at 8:30 p.m. Call  250-838-6700 for reservations.