Jessie Torrisi & The Please, Please Me

Austin, Texas

There is nothing typical about Jessie Torrisi. The native Philadelphian and former New Yorker did drum duties for a succession of groups before realizing that her destiny was to front her own band. After several moves, she wound up in Austin where she assembled the Please, Please Me and started making music that roils, rumbles and wriggles with the passion and power of Bonnie Raitt, Marcia Ball, Patty Griffin and Lucinda Williams at their very best. Make sure everything is screwed down tight — Jessie Torrisi, her personalized panties, kazoo army and inspired Roots outfit are coming to town, and they don’t care if you’ve been bad or good.

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