Brigitte DeMeyer and Will Kimbrough, Friday 24 March, 2017, Argyll Hotel, Glasgow
Friday 24 March, 2017 – Doors 7.30 p.m.
Very excited about this show, new acts to SoundsintheSuburbs a new venue and will be part of the Fox Star Club. So lots new and lots to be excited about. Brigitte and Will will be performing from their much pariased new album Mockingbird Soul.
Like many songs on Mockingbird Soul, ‘Little Easy’ also highlights another mutual love: literature – and “old, arcane language.” “Because we both like to read, we have a lyrical chemistry, too, with a literary approach,” DeMeyer says. That explains the unique rhythms coursing through verses like this one, from ‘Rainy Day’: All this rain comin down/Sky’s been talking to the ground/Says me and sun and good spring air/Gonna grow what you’ve got going there – the tune’s swampy vibe resonates from deep inside an upright bass played by the Wood Brothers’ Chris Wood. Another Wood Brother – Oliver – co-wrote and sings the delicate ‘Carpet Bagger’s Lullaby’ with DeMeyer, while elsewhere the band’s Jano Rix adds percussion and shuitar to ‘The Juke’ and romantic opener ‘Everything’. Blue Mother Tupelo’s Micol Davis thumps occasional “church tambourine” and DeMeyer strums an eight-string ukulele on ‘Until Then’.
But aside from Chris Donohue‘s percussion and non-‘Rainy Day’ bass contributions, it’s all about their voices and Kimbrough’s guitar.
Though Kimbrough can play just about any noise-making object on the planet, the Americana Music Association’s 2004 Instrumentalist of the Year is renowned as a monster guitarist who’s collaborated and toured with Todd Snider, Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, Jimmy Buffett and many others. His songs have been recorded by a who’s who of the genre; he’s also produced several albums, including Snider’s East Nashville Skyline, in addition to his solo releases, and performs in Daddy, with Tommy Womack, and Willie SugarCapps.
On Mockingbird Soul, Kimbrough stuck with his favourite instrument, the vintage Gibson J-45 he was able to afford after an airline paid up for smashing his Martin D-18 – “It’s a real soul mate of a guitar, in the same way that Brigitte’s a real soul mate of a collaborator,” he says.
Though DeMeyer didn’t start writing songs until her early 20s – and didn’t play them for anyone until years later – she made up for lost time with a series of solo albums, including several with drummer Brady Blade. He introduced her to Buddy Miller, Al Perkins and Donohue, and performed with Kimbrough on her 2011 release, Rose of Jericho. DeMeyer and Kimbrough then collaborated on most of her 2014 album, Savannah Road. DeMeyer has opened for Bob Dylan and Gregg Allman and toured with John Mayall.
If music is ultimately about moving people – physically or emotionally – there’s no question DeMeyer and Kimbrough achieve that. But according to Brigitte, “It’s just two really good friends who love to play music together, and have chemistry doin’ it. We just enjoy it,” she says. “So we hope everybody else does.” This is going to be a very special show make sure you don’t miss it!
Sutherlands Bar, Argyll Hotel, 973 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G3 7TQ
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