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Left Lane: Brigitte Demeyer

Singer/songwriter’s new disc is required listening

February 23, 2012
By RICH GIBSON , Times Leader

DeMeyer's decision to relocate to Nashville was obviously a winning one. Collaborating with noted producer Brady Blade, DeMeyer soon made connections with many of Music City's 'A' list of session players, a number of whom contribute on the new CD.

At the end of the day, it is DeMeyer's adept writing and more importantly, her stunningly effective vocals which make 'Jericho' a recording which should be required listening.

DeMeyer covers varied music styles and makes it look incredibly easy in the process.

The daughter of Belgian and German immigrants, DeMeyer grew up grooving to early American R&B and southern rock.

"I was listening to the Allman Brothers and Newgrass Revival when everybody else was listening to Foreigner," she remarked in a bio release.

Along the way, DeMeyer encountered mandolinist Sam Bush where she nonchalantly mentioned: "I'm going to work with you some day." Bush, indeed, shows up on 'Rose,' driving the record's opening track "One Wish" with backing fiddle.

DeMeyer injects blues, gospel and country elements. She wrote "This Fix I'm In" on the heels of a devastating flood that crippled Nashville.

"Smile, oh smile upon me sunshine/ Cry, cry not upon me rain/And oh, maybe/I will live to see tomorrow/Where the open arms of home for me await."

There's a Mardi Gras feel to "Say, Big Poppa" with DeMeyer frolicking in the French Quarter. "Say, Big Poppa/You're looking swell, let me whisper in your ear/Slide on over, drag them bones behind/Far as I can tell my dear, you're lucky day is here."

Joining Bush on the record is in-demand Music City guitarist Will Kimbrough; Mike Farris (background vocals) and Chris Donahue on bass.

DeMeyer's tour schedule has her making a pair of Ohio stops in April. She plays Cincinnati's 20th Century Theater (April 13) and Cleveland's Mechanic Street House Concert the 15th.

By all means, check out her website: www.brigittedemeyer.com where selected videos are available.

WHEELING'S historic Jamboree entertained thousands during the 60s, 70s and 80s at the downtown Capitol Theater.

A revival is underway with scheduled shows moving to Moundsville's Strand Theater. Next month, Jamboree veteran Janie Fricke headlines on the 24th. Also on stage that night are The Roys, a popular brother/sister duo.

Friday night on the PBS network, The Roys are featured on 'Music Voyager: Tennessee,' an ongoing series which takes viewers to various destinations around the world.

Fricke who recently released a new record, "The Country Side of Bluegrass," is back on the road for an extensive spring/summer tour...

NEAL MCCOY is returning to Jamboree in the Hills this summer. Not exactly breaking news. McCoy is a longtime Jambo favorite.

For the first time in years, however, McCoy will be performing new material from an upcoming CD, titled "XII." The new disc was co-produced by Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Brent Rowan, the new record is out March 6.

McCoy has upcoming TV appearances on "411 Live" and on Fox TV's "Huckabee." Says McCoy of the his 12th release: "XII has a little bit of church, a little bit of bar-room, a couple ballads, and a real Texas thing about finding your groove in the midst of heartbreak with a cold beer and a jukebox."

ON the heels of 4th of July week, Country Concert 2012 unfolds in western Ohio at Fort Loramie.

The three-day festival has filled its lineup: Thursday, July 5 (Easton Corbin, Justin Moore, Eric Church); Friday the 6th: (Hunter Hayes, Jake Owen, The Zac Brown Band/with special guests; Saturday the 7th: (Ashton Sheperd, Craig Campbell, Jerrod Niemann, Sara Evans, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton)....

JUST announced: Hall of Famer Glen Campbell will play Pittsburgh's Byham Theater, Sunday, May 20. Campbell earlier announced this is the final tour of his career. He has been diagnosed with early symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease....

Gibson may be reached at rgibson@timesleaderonline.com

 
 

 

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