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In Your Ear Episode 67: Nellie McKay

Nellie McKay playing piano

The New York Times says, “the one thing certain about Nellie McKay is the size and range of her talent…a sly, articulate musician who sounds comfortable in any era.”

Rolling Stone calls her a “renegade songwriter with an ultra-flexible Great American Songbook sensibility, who finds modern resonances everywhere.”

British Born and American bred, Nellie McKay is a tirelessly engaging entertainer. Her music has been heard on Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Grey’s Anatomy and NCIS, and she’s done late night with Letterman, Conan and Craig Ferguson. On radio she’s appeared on NPR’s Mountain Stage, A Prairie Home Companion, eTown, and Marion McPartland’s Piano Jazz.

A recipient of PETA’s Humanitarian Award and the Humane Society’s Doris Day Music Award in recognition of her dedication to animal rights, Nellie is an outspoken advocate for feminism, civil rights and other deeply felt ideals. Enjoy these highlights from Nellie McKay's solo appearance at In Your Ear Studios in May of 2019.


In Your Ear offers a chance to discover new artists and appreciate the “in the moment” creativity and inspiration that only live music can provide. Studio A is a “great room,” a haven for artists with intimate, friendly and informed audiences and peerless audio fidelity, thanks to engineers Carlos Chafin, Andrea Stefl and Paul Bruski. JAMinc president Tim Timberlake produces the programs covering a wide range of genres including bluegrass, jazz, blues, old time, Celtic, gospel and singer-songwriters of many styles. Artists range from superior local and regional talents, to premier acts from all over the country. Concerts are held monthly except during the summer and begin with a delicious pot luck buffet in the lobby. Check our website for information and reservations: jaminc.org/events.

Production funding of In Your Ear is made possible in part by... Digital Video Group, Threshold Counsel PC, Virginia Humanities /Virginia Folklife Program, The Newport Festivals Foundation, Fralin Pickups, The Graduate Hotel Richmond and the members of VPM Music.