Valerie Sassyfras: a musical phoenix emerges

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By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

On a cloudy and rain-threatened afternoon, Valerie Sassyfras is dancing behind a multi-colored scrim at Melba’s, a St. Roch neighborhood daiquiris and fast food eatery. Trance-like, she is moving to a track of her own previously-recorded vocals, reaching out to a small audience eating fried food through her tightly-closed eyes. Above all else, she is joyous and full of song.

Sassyfras has few worries as she alternately plays the keyboard, accordion, washboard and foot tambourine while harmonizing with her laid down vocal tracks.


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