It's in her blood, plain and simple. Lalah Hathaway, daughter of late soul/R&B legend Donnie Hathaway, has done more than simply carry on her father's groundbreaking work -- she's added to the ongoing conversation that is post-'60s American soul music.
Since the release of her debut solo album in 1990, Hathaway has been treading a path of her own design, one that has found her offering a more substantive take on modern R&B and soul than that favored by many of her more famous but less talented diva colleagues.
After taking time off to tour as a member of the bands of such artists as Prince, Esperanza Spalding, George Benson and Marcus Miller, Hathaway has resumed her solo career, now as a member of the legendary Stax Records roster.
Currently on tour in support of her recent "Where It All Begins" album, Hathaway arrives at the Tralf Music Hall for two shows -- at 7:30 and 10 p.m. -- Saturday. Tickets are $45 advance, $49 day-of-show (box office). Visit www.tralfmusichall.com.
-- Jeff Miers