Adysen changes shape 

Adysen, Kelly Zullo
Boulevard Place Café
Friday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m., $5

The name “Adysen” has been representative of change right from the beginning; Brooke McKinney’s middle name was supposed to be Adysen, but her family changed their minds and went with Ashley.

Now it’s the name McKinney (formerly of Blaq Lily) uses whenever she’s playing solo or bringing friends in for a show. McKinney, whose instrumental skills range from mandolin to piano (and soon, cello), evolved the Adysen name into a trio with Josh Verbeke and Susan Lawhead until conflicting schedules interfered with their plans.

“I’ve been playing out solo quite a bit and jamming with quite a few artists,” McKinney says. “I love working as a trio. Josh and I still jam.”

McKinney’s upcoming shows, at Boulevard Place and the Abbey, include some of her older material as well as songs written for her upcoming EP, tentatively titled Answers and Questions.

“I’m influenced by any sound I hear: cars passing by or a saw,” McKinney says. “I’ve always got music going in my head; when I lay down at night it’s still going on. My lyrics come a lot from past experiences or things going on around me right now. I’ve worked in health care for the past eight years, and I see a lot of death and pain. Everything I write is pretty much the real deal.”

Catch Adysen Friday at the Boulevard Place Café and at the Abbey Saturday, March 3.

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