This week, Allison Crowe has recorded three new originals: "Arthur" (not a Kinks kover); "By Any Terms"; and "Chasing the Rain". She's also recorded a cover.
"Cover Me" blog's Vincent Scarpa says: "Canadian singer-songwriter Allison Crowe drops great covers every time we turn around." Scarpa brands this newest interpretation "a lovely acoustic tribute to one of America's most underrated songwriters. Patty Griffin would surely approve of this bare-bones delivery that exposes what are some of Griffin's finest lyrics."
On her most recent Tidings concert tour, Canadian musician Allison Crowe began performing "Mary", a song written by the sublime American singer-songwriter Patty Griffin. (She'd fallen in love with the song when US cable television program "Sons of Anarchy" featured it in its Season two episode "Balm".)
The New Year kicking in, Crowe pulled her piano stool over to the kitchen table, sat down and recorded this version simple and true.
In the accompanying article, "Allison Crowe Shows Us What 'Sweet Dreams' Are Made Of (Cover Me Premiere)", writer Eric Garneau says of Crowe's bare take on the song:
"She delivers a reading on this '80s mainstay at once beautifully melodious and ferociously in-your-face."
Allison Crowe being a rock musician - well, what was called rock in the '60s - she really enjoys, but doesn't replicate, the sounds of the original's pop sensibility. She strips things to their emotional core.
"Allison, whose covers include not only outstanding versions of Joni Mitchell's 'River' and 'A Case of You,' Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah,' 'The Beatles' 'In My Life' and 'Let It Be,' Lennon's 'Imagine,' and Cyndi Lauper's 'Time After Time,' but also the most provocative and seductive (forgive me, Aretha) take I've heard on Ronnie Shannon's 'I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You).' And, I stand by my conviction that Allison Crowe is the best thing to happen to 'Me And Bobby McGee' since Janis Joplin changed Kristofferson's lyrics."
This fun, naturally, arises from the premiere of Allison's take on Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart - The Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams" on the "Cover Me" blog.
1 Heck of a Guy includes a link to this YouTube audio with pic:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzHoGxHsSgg When the makers of Hollywood movie "Sucker Punch" were looking for ideas on how to approach the song, they called on Allison Crowe. For the 2011 blockbuster from director Zack Snyder, actress Emily Browning performs the song as a production number that opens what promises to be an exciting, visceral, film ride.
Auditorium du conservatoire Gentilly 2 rue Jules Ferry 94250, Gentilly, France
Allison Crowe - "Spiral" spectacular spectacular!
Allison Crowe revient en France en 2010
ALLISON CROWE Auditorium du conservatoire, Gentilly SAMEDI 2 OCTOBRE – 20H00 avec en première partie, Emily B. Green
Gentilly is served by Gentilly station on Paris RER line B. The 125 bus stop "Raspail / Jaures" leads next to the auditorium. One can take the bus off the RER so then it's pretty easy. The bus 57 also (get off at "Mairie de Gentilly").
Téléphone et réservations : 01 47 40 58 67
Après son succès en 2008 et 2009, l'auteur-compositeur-interprète indépendante et accomplie Allison Crowe revient sur la scène...
Dotée d'une voix qui ne peut laisser insensible, elle est originaire de Colombie Britannique et de Terre-Neuve, au Canada. Descendante des Ecossais, des Irlandais et des Manx, Allison Crowe est un phénomène. "Quand Elton John rencontre Edith Piaf", rapporte un chroniqueur.
L'intensité avec laquelle sa voix riche et puissante célèbre la musique n'est pas sans rappeler celle des plus grandes chanteuses de blues. Influencée par la fougue indépendante d'Ani DiFranco (Allison a également monté son propre label), par la beauté ésotérique de Tori Amos ainsi que par la passion de grands artistes tels que Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Nina Simone, et... Beethoven.
Allison Crowe, pianiste classique de formation, a peu à peu créé sa propre musique, mélange indescriptible de rock, gospel, jazz, grunge, classique, blues, folk et soul. A travers ses chansons, elle communiqué sur des thémes universels comme l'amour, la vie et la mort.
"J'ai rarement été bouleversée à ce point par une voix féminine. Pure comme de la glace, puissante et même violente... qu'il est impossible de ne pas mettre son coeur en jeu en l'écoutant... faîtes place à une virtuose nom de Zeus!" ~ SplinterMuse (France)
"There are some voices that speak (or sing) for themselves. You know the ones. Voices where it doesn't matter what they sing. Voices where it doesn't really matter what instruments support them. Solomon Burke has such a voice. Jeff Buckley had it. Allison Crowe has it too." ~ Ray Padgett, Cover Me, SPIN, Mashable et al (USA)
"Ever wonder what it would have been like to listen to a gifted singer/songwriter from Saskatchewan in a small, intimate hall before she became Joni Mitchell? Don't fret the missed opportunity. There's no need to turn back the clock. Check out Allison Crowe..." ~ Robert Reid, The Record (Canada)
"Treat yourself to one of the mightiest talents on the singer-songwriter scene today." ~ Bob Muller, JoniMitchell.com (USA)
"Her version of "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" would give Aretha Franklin goose-bumps." ~ Robert Moyes, Boulevard (Canada)
Canadian singer-songwriter Allison Crowe is renowned for her ability to blend control and melodrama." ~ MOJO (UK)
"The most honest, heartfelt, and directly intimate concert in my entire life" ~ Ross Hocker, WGTE/NPR Radio (USA)
Plus d'infos sur : http://www.allisoncrowe.com
Avec en première partie:
EMILY B. GREEN
Artistes expressionnistes, Emily B. Green et ses compagnons créent un univers à la croisée du jazz et de la pop. Emily revisite une légende de Noël anglo-saxonne dans laquelle il est dit que manger des prunes confites, les "Sugar Plums", la veille de Noël, berce le sommeil d'hallucinations vertigineuses. Accompagnée de Claude Demay à la batterie (Mr HotGroove) et de Jean-Claude Kebaïli à la basse (Overhead), elle concote les prunes les plus délicieuses et crée un spectacle ensorcelant : "Sugar Plum Visions" .
Une porte s'ouvre sur un monde où le temps s'arrête et offre une trêverie, un voyage vers soi, vers l'autre - une quête.
Emily B.Green goes through an English Christmas legend which tells that eating sugar plums on Christmas Eve carries you through a night full of visions. Those visions are the repertoire of her show entitled "Sugar Plum Visions", an open door to a world where time ceases to be. The characters whom you will meet through the visions danse on a music where jazz, cabaret and pop mingle with Emily B. Green's voice and piano; she is also joined by Claude Demay on drums (Mr HotGroove) and Jean-Claude Kebaïli on the bass (Overhead).
Emily B. Green and her Sugar Plum Visions offer you a reverie, a journey to oneself, to the others - a quest.
Plus d'infos : http://www.myspace.com/sugarplumvisionsoundz
Musician Allison Crowe, who calls Nanaimo, BC and Corner Brook, NL, home, is set for her annual European migration confirms European road manager, Camille Schmah.
The bicoastal Canadian tours Europe at least once or twice each year and her "Spiral" Europa Tournee 2010 takes flight this month - with concert visits to Frankfurt, Nijmegen, Aachen, Gentilly - Paris, Vienna, Florence, Berlin and Quedlinburg.
From a land that's brought forth such legendary singer-songwriters as Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, this "old world" is witnessing a singular talent of a new generation.
With the release of her newest album, "Spiral", UK music blog "We Write Lists" declares her "Canada's finest songwriter" - building on acclaim from MOJO, TimeOut, the BBC and other UK media. Swedish reviewer Anna Maria Stjärnell says that on "Spiral", Allison Crowe "sings her heart out. She's made yet another album to treasure." Underscoring one of her unique characteristics, this week, "Paris Voice" labels Crowe "one of the best interpreters to come along since Joe Cocker".
Embodying songwriting, as well as interpretive, artistry of the highest order is rare enough. To these, Allison Crowe brings intense energy and honesty in performance - undoing any stereotypes of the modern singer-songwriter as purveyor of flaccid folk, plastic pop, or regurgitated rock tropes.
Longtime Canadian radio and television personality, Rick Dennis, (now creator/host of CICV's "Rick's Country Classics and Folk Favorites"), told his radio audience, after Crowe's appearance at "Special Woodstock", this Summer: "You really have to see Allison Crowe live. The way she splits those notes, it's like light through a prism - all the colours of a song."
For select concerts on her upcoming Euro tour, Allison Crowe is joined by guest artists: Holland's Leontine Snoeren; France's Emily B. Green; and Canadian-Brazilian Billie Rocha-Woods. Details can be found @ http://www.allisoncrowe.com/tour.html
23.09 Jazzlokal Mampf - Frankfurt, Germany 25.09 De Lindenberg - Nijmegen, Netherlands 30.09 Aula Carolina - Aachen, Germany 02.10 Auditorium du Conservatoire - Gentilly / Paris, France 08.10 Tunnel Vienna Live - Vienna, Austria 12.10 Teatro del Sale - Florence, Italy 15.10 Osterkirche - Berlin-Wedding, Germany 16.10 Blasiikirche - Quedlinburg, Germany
The essence, articulated by operators of Teatro del Sale in Firenze, home to famed Chef Fabio Picchi and Artist Maria Cassi, is "la ricerca della qualità della vita"!
This week, the UK blog 'We Write Lists', tells us:
"Over the last six weeks we've had the pleasure of bringing you a series of guest-posts for We Write Lists by musician and singer-songwriter Allison Crowe. We'd asked her to write about her six favourite albums, which was admittedly a cruel challenge to set. Instead, Allison chose six albums that held her heart, and influenced her significantly, during the formative years of her musical life. And, kindly, she sent us so much on each album that they warranted serialisation - the final excerpt of which you may enjoy now. Next week we'll be tying the series up with an exclusive interview!"