ROCK OF ASIAN: Tomi Fujiyama

September 3rd, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen


Meet Tomi Fujiyama, 70, the first Japanese woman to play the Grand Ole Opry, way back in 1964. She took the stage after Johnny Cash and was the only performer to receive a standing ovation. There’s currently a documentary being made about Tomi’s life called “Made in Japan,” with hobbit Elijah Wood slated to narrate. Check out her whiskey-and-heartache-soaked version of “Your Cheatin’ Heart”:

Yeah, we know. We should be calling this Country/Western of Asian, except there’s something so punk rock about a little Japanese woman who’s so damn country.

For those of you in the New York area, Tomi will be playing her first Stateside show in four decades September 11 at Pianos on the Lower East Side, which officially makes the Lower East Side cool again (that and the knock-down-drag-out girlfight among filthy garbage cans where purses and punches were thrown that Jen witnessed the last time she was there).

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