Like a '70s diva rolling on a blues-funk groove, Laura Reed has a big, brassy voice with an expressive intonation informed by Motown. She could be your spunky gal pal or the sultry sort across the bar, but there's something deep, honest and powerful in whatever she's bringing. The South African-born singer worked in North Carolina coffeehouses in her mid-teens, then in Nashville, where she was mentored by country guitarist/producer Paul Worley. She released a couple albums with the band Deep Pocket years ago, but she's now readying a full-length debut of her own. The Chit Nasty Band opens.