Kim Richey is one of those country/folk/Americana-sometimes-rocking songwriters who tells mature stories of heartache, longing, loss, romantic entrapments, and endurance in her work. Her 2013 record "Thorn In My Heart" found Richey working with some notable collaborators from the worlds of indie rock and alt-country, including Jason Isbell, Carl Broemel from My Morning Jacket, and Wilco's Pat Sansone.
Listen to her song "Come On," about the limited horizons of a small-town situation and the urge to hit the highway ("40 West, straight through Memphis"). There are few things more American than songs about the desperate desire to blow town in a fast car. (It's a theme Richey also covered on "Girl In A Car" from her 2002 record "Rise.") Richey's songs are stately and unhurried, confident in the simple truth of what they have to say. Richey has something in common with the versatile and sensitive singer songwriter Sam Phillips; she's able to mask complexity behind candor and clarity.
Kim Richey will perform at Cafe Nine, 250 State St., New Haven, on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 8 p.m. $18 to $20, 8 p.m. 203-789-8281 or cafenine.com