McKay's songs lean on influences like vaudeville and hip-hop, and they display a sharp wit: Her debut album was called Get Away From Me. McKay has a new album of songs originally recorded by Doris Day, titled Normal as Blueberry Pie.
Obligatory Villagers, the new jazz- and cabaret-inflected album from singer-songwriter Nellie McKay, features sassy tracks that touch on topics as diverse as feminism and zombies. McKay, a sometime actress and stand-up comedian, made a splash in 2004 with a debut CD called Get Away From Me — a play on the title of Norah Jones' album Come Away With Me. Last year, she co-starred in a revival of Kurt Weill's The Threepenny Opera alongside Alan Cumming and Cyndi Lauper. McKay joins Terry Gross for a Fresh Air concert and conversation.