once more to the hotel

Tuesday, August 05, 2003, at 05:21AM

By Eric Richardson

Last Thursday I made it out to the Hotel Cafe after a longer layoff than usual. Again I was headed to see Penny, and again they didn't disappoint. They're the sort of songs that just sort of get you caught up in the emotion of the moment, and I like that. They really benefit from a live environment where the sound can just envelop you. Thursday was the second of two shows they were taping to put together a live demo cd, and I'm really interested to see how that captures their sound. I think it should be really good.

We also stayed for Joe Purdy. He plays a really mellow folk, and has a great voice for it. Unfortunately, it was also getting late and slow folk did little to keep the sleepiness from creeping in. Joe's great at what he does, but it's probably not the best music to come tired into. I did enjoy it, though, and one of the songs has been stuck in my head a lot since.