Music & Mimosas: Marshall Crenshaw, The Bottle Rockets
Sat, December 10, 2016
Doors: 12:00 pm / Show: 2:00 pm
Live Oak Music Hall
Fort Worth, TX
$25.00 - $140.00
This event is all ages
Special daytime show starts at 2pm. Doors open at noon. Brunch menu will be served for the duration. $2 Mimosas. $3 Bloody Marys.
Some GA seating will be available, but GA tickets DO NOT GUARANTEE A SEAT and some GA ticket holders will have to stand.http://www.theliveoak.com/event/1386070/
to not make an album," Marshall Crenshaw notes. "So I did this project, and now at the
end of it, there's this album, for the album fans!…."
The celebrated singer-songwriter-guitarist-producer is discussing #392: The EP
Collection, his new CD on the Red River Entertainment label. The 14-track set collects a
dozen standout tracks drawn from the innovative series of six 10" vinyl EPs that
Crenshaw released between 2013 and 2015, plus a pair of never-before-heard rarities
chosen especially for this collection.
The EP series was the product of Crenshaw's decision to break away from the standard
album/tour cycle by recording and releasing a steady stream of new music over an
extended period. The endeavor proved wildly popular with his fans, and brought in lots of
"I really did love the EP project, and I'm kind of sad that it's over," Crenshaw comments.
"I was looking for a different way of working that would keep me motivated; it was cool,
because it had a sense of urgency; there was always something that had just come out
and always something that was on the way. It was an inspiring way to work."
#392: The EP Collection's twelve studio recordings encompass six new Crenshaw
originals and six cover songs. The former group includes the bittersweet and beautiful
"Grab the Next Train," the surging and howling "Move Now," and the hypnotic and
atmospheric "Driving and Dreaming", while the cover numbers include a reverent remake
of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David/Carpenters chestnut "Close to You," James McMurtry's
"Right Here Now," longtime Crenshaw favorite Bobby Fuller's classic "Never to Be
Forgotten" and vintage numbers by the Easybeats, the Move and the Lovin' Spoonful.
Rounding out #392: The EP Collection are two previously unreleased tracks: a powerful
live version of the Everly Brothers classic "Man with Money," recorded with Crenshaw's
frequent touring partners the Bottle Rockets, during the week after Phil Everly's passing,
and the infectious "Front Page News," a '90s recording of a previously-unheard original
that Crenshaw wrote with noted country tunesmith Leroy Preston ("I can't remember
when I did it, or why, but I like it!", says Crenshaw).
"I was fortunate to have lots of brilliant people helping me on these tracks, and they really
lifted the proceedings," Crenshaw reports. "I'm proud about the range of super-excellent
musicians who came on board for these sessions."
#392: The EP Collection includes contributions from avant-jazz trumpet icon Stephen
Bernstein, noted jazz vibraphonist Bryan Carrott, versatile Nashville bassist Byron House,
Daniel Littleton of the band Ida, renowned composer/keyboardists Rob Morsberger and
Jamie Saft, along with longstanding Crenshaw cohorts like guitarists Glen Burtnick and Andy
York, bassist Graham Maby, Brian Wilson/Beach Boys sideman Jeffrey Foskett, and
acclaimed indie troubadour Dan Bern, who co-wrote four songs with Crenshaw.
Meanwhile, on several tracks, Crenshaw worked on his own in his home studio,
overdubbing all or most of the instruments and vocal harmonies himself. Crenshaw
states, "I've been into the Narcissist, solitary-genius thing for a long time. For instance,
"'Cynical Girl,' on my first album, is just me, and 'Someday Someway' is my brother on
drums and me on everything else. So working alone sometimes is standard procedure for
Over the course of a recording career that's spanned three decades, 13 albums and
hundreds of songs, the Michigan-bred artist's musical output has maintained a consistently
high level of artistry, craftsmanship and passion, endearing him to a broad and loyal fan
After getting an early break playing John Lennon in a touring company of the Broadway
musical Beatlemania, Crenshaw began his recording career with the now-legendary indie
single "Something's Gonna Happen." His growing notoriety in his adopted hometown of
New York City helped to win Crenshaw a deal with Warner Bros. Records, which released
his self-titled 1982 debut album. That collection established Crenshaw as one of the era's
preeminent rock ' n' rollers, and that was confirmed by such subsequent albums as Field
Day, Downtown, Mary Jean & 9 Others, Good Evening, Life's Too Short, Miracle of
Science, #447, What's in the Bag? and Jaggedland.
Along the way, Crenshaw's compositions have been covered by a broad array of
performers, including Bette Midler, Kelly Willis, Robert Gordon, Ronnie Spector, Marti
Jones and the Gin Blossoms, with whom Crenshaw co-wrote the Top 10 single "Til I Hear
It From You." He's also provided music for several film soundtracks, appeared in the films
La Bamba (in which he portrayed Buddy Holly) and Peggy Sue Got Married, and was
nominated for Grammy and a Golden Globe awards for writing the title track for the film
comedy Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. Since 2011, Crenshaw has hosted his own
radio show, The Bottomless Pit, on New York's WFUV. He's currently working on Martin
Scorsese and Mick Jagger's much-anticipated HBO series Vinyl, doing "some session
work, a little bit of songwriting.."
His eclectic resume aside, songwriting and record-making remain at the center of
Marshall Crenshaw's creative life, and #392: The EP Collection confirms that his musical
flame continues to burn as brightly as ever.
"I still love recorded music and believe in it as an art form, whether it's a single or
album, or vinyl or CD," Crenshaw asserts, adding, "I think I'll probably stick with it."
South Broadway Athletic Club is an album full of new experiences for the band. Although they again worked with longtime producer Eric "Roscoe" Ambel (of Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, The Del-Lords, The Yayhoos) it was the first time the group recorded a full album in their hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Working at Sawhorse Studios, it was also the first time they scheduled sessions in batches over several months, allowing the songs - and the whole album - to fully breathe and unfold. The extended songwriting process not only allowed a gestation period for the music, but also created the opportunity for a new musical collaboration with the Nashville hit-songwriting family The Henningsens, resulting in the song "Something Good." These fresh directions helped focus the band's creativity and energy throughout the recording sessions, adding further dimension to the album.
Singer/guitarist Brian Henneman meticulously crafts lyric-chapters straight from his well-worn journal. The album's sharp-as-shit songwriting kicks off with "Monday (Everytime I Turn Around)," and the tough but tender "Big Lotsa Love." The latter is built on engaging wordplay that takes the listener through the ups and downs of working through the world with someone you care about. In "Dog," a jangly, Byrds-infused, unaffected but never cloying, tribute (with Henneman's new weapon of choice: a chimey, 12-string Rickenbacker) to a favorite canine, he sings, "I love my dog, he's my dog/ If you don't love my dog, that's OK/ I don't want you to, he's my dog." The zen-like wisdom transcends merely a song about a pet and, rather, packs the message and life philosophy that, "Sometimes life is just this simple."
Sonically, The Bottle Rockets still find the quickest two-lane highway into the bloodstream. There are pulses through the rhythm section of Mark Ortmann's made for FM radio, wall-of-sound drumming and bassist Keith Voegele's deep and shapely lines. They are Missouri's answer to Muscle Shoals' The Swampers – Swiss Army knife players, distinctive and in the pocket. It's honed further with John Horton's classic rock guitar snarl on "I Don't Wanna Know," a song that could otherwise be a Tom Jones classic about a relationship lie. On the speaker-rattling "Building Chryslers," Horton and Henneman ignite a crunchy guitar duel that'd fit nicely on the LP shelf between Dinosaur Jr and Thin Lizzy. The song is a compelling character study told only as The Bottle Rockets can.
Shimmering, fresh coats of paint are applied in "Ship It On the Frisco," a Southern soul-influenced song about childhood train hopping, and "XOYOU," which showcases the band's cosmopolitan touches through a Rockpile/Nick Lowe-inflected pop gem mixing in shuffling drums, handclaps and harmonies. Elsewhere, "Big Fat Nuthin'" is an earwormworthy "ode" to exhaustion with a Black Flag "TV Party" vibe.
Throughout their entire career, The Bottle Rockets have managed to stay true to the rabid music heads as well as casual dial-turning everybodies. After 20+ years, they've come out on the other side stronger and more energized than ever before, proactively writing their own creative arc. Against the odds, the Bottle Rockets are a true American success story. Consequently, South Broadway Athletic Club is an album as relevant as their formative early work; political by not being political, re-affirming our greatest aspirations by focusing on the tiniest of truths.
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