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ROCK: Americana, ROCK: Folk Rock
Brigitte DeMeyerâs career has been on the upswing since the success of her debut, Another Thousand Miles, released in 2001. Her second album, Nothing Comes Free, was released to widespread critical acclaim, earning DeMeyer national airplay and a slot opening for Bob Dylan at the KBCO World Class Rockfest in Winter Park, Colorado. On her latest effort, Something After All, the folk of today is given a new guise with her inspiring words laden with Southern groove. Working with producer and drummer Brady Blade of Emmylou Harrisâ Spyboy Band, DeMeyerâs singing and songwriting take another quantum leap with a collection of strong originals and carefully chosen covers. âBrady and I became good friends after he played drums on my second album,â DeMeyer remembered. âHe loved my writing and I loved the way he made my music come alive. At one point following those sessions, he told me heâd like to produce my next album. On Something After All, he worked with me to present the music the way it was felt when it was written, adding his own creative spin as well,â DeMeyer explained. âThe musicians who played on the CD are some of the best in the world. The collaboration was easy because everyone was into the songs and we all appreciated each of each otherâs talents. I think itâs my best writing so far.
DeMeyer and Blade assembled an impressive cast of musicians for Something After All, including Steve Earle on harmonica; Daniel Lanois on pedal steel and electric guitar; Buddy Miller on guitar and backing vocals; Rolling Stones band members Darryl Jones on bass and Bernard Fowler on backing vocals; Indigo Girl Emily Saliers on banjo and harmony vocals; Jimmy Pugh on keyboards (Chris Isaak, Robert Cray) and guitarists Joacim Backman, Johan Carlberg and Chris Rossbach. âBradyâs production helped give the album its soul,â said DeMeyer. âHe created a vibe during the recording process that helped make every song on Something After All stand out by adding his arrangement skills, and by bringing in players who had a good feel for the mood I was trying to create.â The album was produced at Hyde St. Studios in San Francisco. Some tunes were recorded live as a band and some tracked piece by piece, or in separate studios, but they all resonate with DeMeyerâs soulful sincerity.
DeMeyer and Blade obviously enjoy working together. You can feel their exuberant energy in every track. For âHoney Darlin,â DeMeyer wanted a gospel feel and Blade captured it. âHe recorded us clapping live in time to the music around a microphone, and recorded our boots stomping in time to the music with a mic on the floor. He also played his sticks on the floor and Bernard Fowler made up the background vocal part in one take. I wanted a churchy vibe and thatâs what I got.â Steve Earleâs harmonica adds some bluesy, country grit to DeMeyerâs bright, bouncy take on Earleâs âMore Than I Can Do.â âSteve is an inspired songwriter. The fact that he played on my album was a real treat for me. Iâd say the two writers that have inspired me most are Bob Dylan and Steve Earle, so with him being on this CD Iâm halfway home.â
âDaniel Lanoisâ pedal steel on âSomething After Allâ added just the right touch of sadness to the lyrics, which are about longing,â she continued. âItâs easier for me to write when Iâm angst- ridden about something, than when Iâm happy.â Buddy Miller adds his gruff harmony vocals to âBy and By,â an almost religious ode to the redeeming power of love. âBuddy has influenced my songwriting, having listened to him for so many years with Emmylou and on his own,â she added. âTo have him singing my lyrics was a dream come true, and a privilege. He added so much.â Miller also contributed his electric guitar and vocal harmonies to his own âYou Wrecked Up My Heart,â a tale of a dysfunctional love full of his understated Southern humor. âThe two songs on the CD closest to my heart are âSomething After Allâ and âRuby,â DeMeyer said. The backing vocals on âSomethingâ are by Emily Saliers from the Indigo Girls, who also played banjo on âMamaâs On A Mission.â âThe song âRubyâ was written at a very challenging time in my life and out of the challenge came this pearl.â Something After All is a diverse album, at turns soulful, rockinâ and bluesy, but every tune is marked by DeMeyerâs emotional singing and heartfelt songwriting. Itâs an outing full of angst and joy, love in all its disguises, tears and subtle laughter. âIt was great to share the recording process with artists who believe in my talent. It was a true collaborative effort. Painting pictures with words is my ultimate goal and I think I did that with this album.â
Born and initially raised in the Midwest, Brigitte DeMeyer first sang in gospel choirs as a child, instilling her with the blues, gospel and soul that inform her music. âMy parents separately immigrated to this country from Europe and met in Michigan,â she said. âMy dad was from Belgium, mom from Germany. My father was in the Navy so we moved a lot. I am the middle child of six children.â A later move to San Diego, California, found her soaking up the sounds of rock and country. She was soon performing, sitting in with bands like The Beat Farmers and The Soul Syndicate, as well as with college friend/songwriter Steve Poltz, who would later write songs for Jewel and play in her band. After college, DeMeyer relocated to San Francisco, eventually meeting up with guitarist Chris Rossbach and subsequently began performing in solo and duo settings. She also trained with renowned vocal coach Judy Davis and started writing her own material. âThere isn't just one way for me in songwriting,â DeMeyer explained. âI try to keep myself open to every experience because you never know when inspiration will hit. I try to figure out what Iâm trying to say with the song or what kind of story Iâm telling and be concise about it.â
Another Thousand Miles, DeMeyerâs 2001 debut, was a pleasing mix of Americana, country, rock and bluegrass. It featured performances by Mike Marshall (David Grisman, Choro Famoso) on fiddle and mandolin. DeMeyerâs songwriting and expressive, uncompromising vocals were noted in rave reviews from publications such as Blues Revue and Songwriterâs Monthly. Following that albumâs release, DeMeyer began opening shows, with just her guitar and voice, for acts like Dan Fogelberg, Marc Cohn and Hall & Oates. âThe challenge of performing solo helped me develop as a performer,â she admitted. âPeople can really hear your voice and instrumentally you have to rise to the occasion.â
Nothing Comes Free, DeMeyer's second album, was released in 2003 and showcased a Delta-influenced mix of pop, folk and blues. It featured Brady Blade and bassist Tony Hall, also of Emmylouâs Spyboy band, guitarists Chris Rossbach and Stef Burns (Huey Lewis & The News), Tony Furtado on slide and Mike Emerson on keyboards. Special guest Ivan Neville played piano, Hammond organ and turned in a stunning vocal duet with DeMeyer on âBy Yer Side.â
Something After All demonstrates DeMeyerâs continuing growth and confidence as both a writer and performer. Its insightful songwriting and DeMeyerâs dramatic vocal performances are sure to make it stand out in this yearâs musical landscape.
WHAT THE PRESS HAS SAID ABOUT BRIGITTE DEMEYER:
BILLBOARD Magazine written by: Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., All Music Guide for
Brigitte DeMeyer is one of many singer/songwriters working on the edge of the commercial scene in the post-millennium, stylistically somewhere between folk and country. With her potent vocals and country-folk musical palette, DeMeyer has appeal to fans of alternative country (she even covers Steve Earle and Buddy and Julie Miller here) and soulful blues singers like Bonnie Raitt and Toni Price on Something After All. Despite her talent, DeMeyer's dilemma is how to stand out in a crowded field of singer/songwriters who cover similar material in a similar way. One of the nice things about Something After All is its strong material that benefits from a sense of popcraft. It isn't that songs like "Honey Darlin'" sound like pop, but that DeMeyer -- borrowing a groove that could've come from an early Little Feat album -- knows how to write a good hook and keep her songs tuneful. With the help of a couple collaborators here and there, she smartly keeps most of her songs under four minutes, writes singable choruses, and doesn't use the same flavored arrangement from song to song. To keep things interesting, she also throws in a duet with Buddy Miller on "You Wrecked Up My Heart" and includes a couple of nicely delivered ballads. Something After All is a finely wrought country-folk album.
NO DEPRESSION MAGAZINE-April/May 2006
"(Brady Blade's) thoughtful arrangements, built upon organic and atmospheric elements, provide the perfect setting for DeMeyer's soulful vocals. The results sound something like Sheryl Crow backed by Emmylou Harris' Spyboy band (no surprise considering Blade served as Spyboy's drummer). Impressive from start to finish, this disc should be DeMeyer's breakout effort."
-Vintage Guitar Magazine-June 2006 Edition
Something After All
The quality of a songwriter and singer can often be measured by who chooses to play behind them. On Brigitte DeMeyer's third album Something After All she assembles an impressive list of alt-country stars including Steve Earle, Daniel Lanois, Buddy Miller, Darryl Jones, and producer Brady Blade. The resulting album combines the organic edge of Emmylou Harris' Spyboy with the ethereal lyricism of Wendy MaHarry. DeMeyer's original material combines just the right amount of backbone with beauty. Her own tune, âGood as Gone,â holds its own even when compared to Steve Earle's âMore Than I Can Do,â which precedes it on the CD. Something After All serves up a heap of powerful music. â Steven Stone
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