Concert preview: Former folkie Caroline Smith straps on her dancing shoes

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From the March 6, 2014 edition

Minneapolis singer/songwriter Caroline Smith might have made her name as a sweet-voiced folkie, but on Half About Being a Woman she swaps her mud-caked cowboy boots for a pair of glittering high-heels, sashaying her way through an assortment of R&B-stoked jams.

Surprisingly, Smith sounds perfectly at home in this flashy new garb, imbuing slower numbers like the title track with ample yearning and strutting her stuff on disco-flecked turns like “Magazine.” The sonic shift is part of a larger makeover that included some changes to her backing band and the decision to tour solely under her own name rather than under the moniker Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps — a symbolic move that suggests the singer has finally come into her own.

Kwesi K and Forest & the Evergreens open the show.

Reginald Van Nurden photo