A Limpid Honesty and Beauty in Her Prose That Shines Through Every Song
Brigitte DeMeyer has been making music for over 20 years. Originally based in California, she moved to Nashville and succeeded in developing not just a career in music but in forging some very strong and tight friendships.
However, a family situation has meant that she needed to re-locate back to San Francisco and break away from Music City.
But through the wonders of modern technology, her conducive friendships somehow became stronger and tighter, continuing to function effectively, despite the distance.
Seeker will be her 8th. album since “Another Thousand Miles” debuted in 2001.
Having previously toured and worked with The Wood Brothers it was a no-brainer to not just involve them but co-write all but one of the songs with their multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix, who also took on the additional production duties.
Of course Oliver and Chris Wood join Mr. Rix on some of the tracks and Brigitte’s best friend and Godmother to her son; sister Alfreda McCrary can be heard on the backing vocals.
“All the Blue” kicks off the proceedings with Jano Rix on his special shuitar, plus guests JP Ruggieri on pedal steel & acoustic guitars and Viktor Krauss on upright bass.
Brigitte takes both the lead and background vocals and tells the tale of a hardworking cowboy friend, with a haunting chorus of “but when the night comes, that’s when your soul hums, a poorboy looking at that rich mans run”.
Alfreda McCrary provides the backing vocals to the slinky “Cat Man Do” whilst Jano contributes more shuitar plus sublime piano and organ.
Just the 2 main protagonists feature on the bluesy protestations of “Calamity Gone”, whilst they are again joined by Ruggieri on serene acoustic guitar for the love song ‘Already In” touchingly dedicated to Brigitte’s husband, including the lyrics
“We could be anywhere or nowhere,
I could be alone,
But if you’re there on the square
I call it home,
You’ll never know how to,
no need to convince,
but a heart that wants you,
you’re already in”.
Viktor Krauss returns on the jazzy “Ain’t No Mister” with further superb keys from Rix.
Poignantly dedicated to DeMeyers’ son, without being anyway near piteous, “Roots and Wings and Bones” is all about mothers who sacrifice everything for the well-being of filials.
The ambrosial title track “Seeker” was written when she had returned to California reflecting on missing all her buddies, some 2,000 miles to the East.
It was so difficult trying to select a favourite track. Nevertheless, in a close second place on this glorious new release that undoubtedly straddles so many genres whilst never falling into any is “Louisiana” apparently DeMeyers favourite US City (and mine too btw).
Amazingly, she and I also agree on our overall favourite song, “Salt of the Earth” which is all about trust and connectivity, featuring the full contingent of The Wood Brothers plus Kris Donegan on electric guitar and once again Alfreda, just one of a choir of backing vocalists.
In summary, I thought very highly of her previous release “Mockingbird Soul” with long-term collaborator and another seriously multi-talented musician in Will Kimbrough. However, Seeker elevates Brigitte DeMeyer into the upper echelons of my all-time favourite female lyricists and singers.
There is a limpid honesty and beauty in her prose that shines through the ever indelible, magical music of Jano Rix; and means I need to revisit not just her earlier work but that of The Wood Brothers, as well.
Review by Jack Kidd (Broadcaster Extraordinaire) – “Messin’ with the Kidd” on lionheartradio.com
Released on 26th. March 2021
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