In describing Azniv Korkejian’s self-titled debut album as Bedouine for Uproxx’s Best Folk Albums of 2017, our own Caitlin White said the record was “the gentlest, most understated record of the year.” Sure, if it was on a punk list, it wouldn’t have been a compliment, but in the folk world, it was quite a feat for the Syrian born, LA-based songwriter. Still, “gentle” and “understated” don’t necessarily make for the best live music, and with Bedouine set to go on tour with Waxahatchee and Hurray For The Riff Raff, it was safe to wonder if her throwback acoustic fare were ready for bigger stages and audiences.
Last night, Bedouine tried her luck at one of the biggest stages there is: late-night television. In her TV debut, she popped up on Late Night With Seth Meyers complete with a full live band, able to match the laid-back accompaniment that features on the recorded version of her chosen song, “One Of These Days.” It is a calm and confident appearance, with the singer showcasing a voice that harkens back to some of the titans of the genre, with Bedouine feeling less like a rehash and more like the next step in a music tradition. Suddenly, big music festivals seem like less formidable obstacles.
Watch Bedouine perform “One Of These Days” on Late Night With Seth Meyers above.