Christina Courtin/David McMillin
A singer-songwriter in the grand tradition of the Young New York Songstress, Christina Courtin has a few extra tricks up her sleeve. She has a vocal chutzpah that instantly disarms an audience. She forsakes the solo act, in favor of playing with a full band including guitar, percussion, stand-up bass and, on occasion, violin, which she’s been playing since age 3. She has an uninhibited performance style, which Time Out New York describes as “a fearlessness that most vocalists reserve for the shower.” Her songs are peppered with her wry humor, and while she can deliver mid-tempo ballads like the best of ‘em, Christina can also rock out. Together with her masterful band, The Running Kicks, Christina genre-hops from blues to soul to rock, blending in elements of jazz and classical music. Guitarist Kyle Sanna and percussionist Mathias Kunzli’s intricate musical flourishes adorn Christina’s self-penned songs on subjects like break-ups, discarded photographs, winter months, soap and blue collar men.
There’s something rugged about David. It’s in his eyes, it’s in his soul. Though only twenty-two, he has experienced a lifetime of love and loss, of good times and heartbreak. He’s been quietly touring the country for over a year, steadily following the road that the original troubadours took. Some call his music folk or blues, others say it’s alt. country, but it deserves its own label: old-fashioned whiskey and cigarettes rock and roll.