Title - 'Seeker'
Artist - Brigitte DeMeyer
For those not in the know, having spent years as a working musician, residing in Nashville was a good thing for Brigitte DeMeyer.
Becoming a part of Music City’s vibrant community of artists and industry folks kept her busy, as she carved out her place living and working there, all while raising her young son.
Originally from California, she commuted to Nashville for years; relocating full time was a leap of faith — one that paid off. And, while the work has been rewarding, the greatest rewards for the artist are the friendships and partnerships she maintains there.
When an urgent need to move back to California came suddenly for her family, DeMeyer had to go. But her spirit keeps deep roots in the South.
DeMeyer remembers watching the roots trio Wood Brothers’ keyboardist/drummer Jano Rix play piano in Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Studio on multiple occasions.
But when she heard him play behind powerhouse singer Maureen Murphy on a video recorded there, a new inspiration took hold.
And now, the thought of standing by Rix’s masterful piano playing and just singing has become a reality for on her brand new album, Seeker (due out March 26th, 2021 on BDM Music), does she ever sing.
1. 'All the Blue'
2. 'Cat Man Do'
3. 'Salt of the Earth'
5. 'Calamity Gone'
6, 'Already In'
7. 'Ain’t No Mister'
10. 'Roots and Wings and Bones'
This quite captivatedly open and honest, fresh and vibrant new album opens with the laid back, Summer's breeze of 'All the Blue' and the honky tonk vibe of 'Cat Man Do,' before bringing us the most perfect rhythmic pop bounce of 'Salt of the Earth,' which is itself backed by the sterner piano storytelling of 'Louisiana' (a tribute to this favorite city of DeMeyer's) and the upbeat, foot-tappin', Gospel imbued, straight-up protest song 'Calamity Gone.'
Next up is the quietly passionate, acoustic guitar work of the love song 'Already In' and the gently funky piano jazz of 'Ain’t No Mister' which is then followed by the train track ambiance of 'Wishbone,' with the album rounding out on the earnest pairing of the title track 'Seeker' and the forthright yearning of the song dedicated to DeMeyer’s son, 'Roots and Wings and Bones.'
Co-written and produced by Rix, who appeared on the DeMeyer/Will Kimbrough release Mockingbird Soul (along with Oliver and Chris Wood), as well as DeMeyer’s Savannah Road, Seeker wonderfully showcases DeMeyer’s versatility as a singer and writer, moving with ease from ethereal to greasy vocal styles.
As bassist Chris Wood put it, the collaboration between DeMeyer and Rix is “like Sly Stone meets Bob Dylan.” Her emotive voice and painterly lyrics combined with Rix’s mastery of piano and rhythm create a sparkle. The chemistry between the two is solid.
The album is adorned by a family of friends: Alfreda McCrary (McCrary Sisters), DeMeyer’s best friend and godmother to her son, sings backing and harmony vocals; Oliver Wood is on electric guitar and harmony vocals; and Chris Wood shares upright and electric bass contributions with Viktor Krauss.
Session players Ted Pecchio (bass) and JP Ruggieri and Kris Donegan (guitars) helped complete the backbone. “I just let everybody do what they do best,” says DeMeyer, “and I stood there and sang. The best way to make a record feel good is to be really comfortable with the people playing with you. It’s all about vibe.”
And vibe is alive and well on Seeker for the result obviously took DeMeyer to a whole different level musically.
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