The end of summer isn’t going to bother Christa DeCicco very much. The singer, who has fronted the local swing/jazz/string band Christabel and the Jons, will be long gone from Knoxville by the time winter hits, basking in the sun in her new home in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
“I’ve toured down there for the past three winters and fallen in love with the place,” DeCicco says in a statement on the band’s website. “I’ll fly the band down there to play in the winter and then I’ll fly back to the states to tour two to three times a year. I’ll still be around and the band is still together, don’t worry!”
The tropical influence is expected to show up in the form of experiments in samba and bossa nova on the band’s forthcoming fifth album, tentatively titled The Same Mistake. It will be the first proper studio album from the band since 2008’s Custom Made for You, following a 2009 live album and 2010 Christmas disc.
The band—DeCicco, multi-instrumentalist Amanda Rose Cagle, bassist Tyler Coker, and drummer Jon Whitlock—has toured extensively over the last few years. They’ll perform one last Knoxville show at Preservation Pub on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 10 p.m., with alt-country locals the Hotshot Freight Train opening. Admission is $5, and it’s 21 and up.