Faye Webster dazzles with yo-yo tricks and dreamy guitar playing at Bootleg Theater in LA
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If you follow Atlanta upstart Faye Webster on Instagram, you know at least two things: She loves yo-yoing and the Atlanta Braves.

She loves the Braves so much that Webster--between songs during her set at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday (April 6)--notified the crowd that Ronald Acuña Jr. recently signed a new $100M contract with the Braves. It was a bold move in the Dodgers town, but Webster has never shied away from her hometown.

The 21-year-old artist started writing songs at a young age and eventually linked up with fellow beloved Atlantans Awful Records to release her 2017 debut self-titled album. Faye Webster veered on the edge of country R&B. It sounded more Nashville than Atlanta, with a loping, homespun quality that hit the usual country beats of heartbreak and love.

Since then, Webster signed to Secretly Canadian and announced her sophomore album Atlanta Millionaires Club along with two stellar singles, the excellent “Kingston” and the exotica-tinged “Room Temperature,” the first song on the new record. She also teamed up for a co-headlining tour with labelmate Stella Donnelly which came to its conclusion in Los Angeles.

Donning her familiar Braves jersey and oversized sun visor, Webster and her pedal steel guitarist Pistol performed a set mostly devoid of a full band. While Webster’s songwriting and pop sensibilities naturally come to the fore when stripped back, Pistol’s expressive and plaintive guitar playing was an added bonus. Most surprising was Webster’s choice to cover Father’s “Cheap Thrills” in her own style, pairing lines like “life’s too short and the dick’s too long” to Pistol’s melodic guitar lines.

For the set finale, Donnelly joined Webster on stage to sing backup vocals on “Kingston,” a fitting end to the tour.

Atlanta Millionaires Club is out May 24 on Secretly Canadian. Pre-order here.