SXSW: My Brightest Diamond Covers Roy Orbison

It turns out Shara Worden, aka My Brightest Diamond, was the perfect choice to play the first slot of our three-day Stereogum/PASTE party. Armed with only her voice and guitar, the karaoke star and major rock ‘n’ roll supporter eased us into the day with an intimate, operatic set. Fittingly, she brought Ravel (and the French author Colette, natch) into the mix, singing the part of the teapot from L’Enfant et les Sortileges. Classy, no? She also performed a drop-dead gorgeous take on Roy Orbison’s “It’s Over,” mentioning the Texas-born crooner as an inspiration for her hair, but forgetting to bring up how her voice also lilts with some of Orbison’s effortless brilliance.

She’s not entirely kidding about the hair. But did you hear that pin drop?