How does one of the world's great musical voices, and most independent artists on the planet, land amidst a face-off between man and Superman in an Hollywood blockbuster?
“I'm a big Johnny Cash fan. And I'm a big Allison Crowe fan. So the combination to me seemed like an awesome opportunity if we could make it happen,” explains “Man of Steel” Director Zack Snyder. “Allison and I had talked about trying to get some of her music in one of my movies whenever we could – and I thought, well, if I just put her in the film then there's no way that it won't work. So, that's where you get Allison from.”
The film-maker, along with his stellar cast and crew, deliver insights into the production of this epic science fiction adventure, in “Journey of Discovery”, a just-released special feature of MoS in Blu-ray edition.
“(Zack) keeps trying to get me into movies and it's amazing,” responds Crowe in the feature. “I first kinda met Zack over the internet about songs online... I think about four or five years ago the first one would have been the 'Watchmen' and he was looking to do 'Hallelujah'. And then the second one we were looking at another song for 'Sucker Punch' and so now we have Johnny Cash's 'Ring of Fire' and the altercation ensues...”
Allison Crowe with Zack Snyder on "Man of Steel" set - photo courtesy Clay Enos / Warner Bros.
The movie itself reveals how all the pieces fit – and it's an exhilarating ride and humbling experience for the Canadian singer-songwriter. And it's all inspiring.
“In an entertainment world that increasingly genuflects at the altar of instant fame, Crowe seems an anomaly, building her career slowly and carefully,” commented Times Colonist newspaper scribe Adrian Chamberlain some years back. Fine-tuned at the keyboard in arts reportage, (and an r'n'b combo), the writer noted how the “Nanaimo songbird seems uninterested in celebrity and its trappings”.
The universe is ever-expanding for the now Corner Brook, Newfoundland-based, Vancouver Island-born, Crowe, still her goals and values are constant. "Soulful. Alive. Joyous. Grievous. Real, true, music is what I want to make," she's said. More than a dozen years along the road less-traveled, she succeeds like no one else.
From attending the red-carpet premiere and festivities of “Man of Steel” this Summer, she traveled from New York City to Cow Head, NL to musically direct the hit stage show “Newfoundland Vinyl”, a production of Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival. Her LP/album of the same name, joins her latest, “Heavy Graces” among 2013's best new releases. Crowe's third album out this year, “Songbook”, is an oeuvre-spanning 22-song compilation.
People everywhere can enjoy the music – and folks in Allison Crowe's hometowns can join in “Tidings”, a celebration of music for the season and all-time, happening:
Nov. 30 – Arts and Culture Centre, Corner Brook, NL
Dec. 7 – Fairfield United Church, Victoria, BC – to aid Artemis Place and HepCBC
Dec. 12 – Real Food, Old City Quarter, Nanaimo, BC – Community Sing-along to aid Haven Society
Dec. 14 – St. Andrew's United Church, Nanaimo, BC – with guests: Chelsea Peckett; Daniel Knapp; Melissa Kahan; Taylor Johnstone; Raymond Salgado; & Joshua Holloway - to aid Woodlands Secondary Band and Basketball
Concert and community sing-along details coming soon.
"What a voice, what a voice, what a voice!" remarks veteran music reviewer Muruch posting on the 'No Depression' blog. The West Virginia-based folk aficionado highlights a feature ever-present in the music of Allison Crowe – whether it's rock, gospel, jazz, grunge, classical, blues, soul or other genres she's making.
For her newest album, the 11th release on Rubenesque Records, the bi-coastal Canuck lends her voice and musicianship to great songs that come from, and out of, the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador. “Newfoundland Vinyl” covers songs popularized by vinyl-era Canadian legends such as Joan Morrissey, Harry Hibbs, Dick Nolan, Eddie Coffey and Eddie Eastman. Add in tunes associated with The Dorymen, Stan Rogers plus modern troubadors Gary O'Driscoll and Ron Hynes for a moving and joyous showcase.
“It has the timeless beauty of a classic folk album,” writes Muruch. “The album is full of dazzling melody and such an unique charm.” Alluding to the rare path taken by the artist to achieve success, the review continues: “I'm starting to think Allison Crowe's DIY folk style is Canada's answer to Ani DiFranco.”
Allison Crowe attends the red carpet World Premiere of "Man of Steel", Lincoln Center, New York City, USA Summer 2013 - photo courtesy Clay Enos / Warner Bros.
She's enjoying fun this Summer in movies, too, as “ManofSteel” opens around the globe. Crowe has a cameo in the new Superman epic directed by Zack Snyder – performing Johnny Cash's “Ring of Fire” in a scene that unfolds as Clark Kent /Superman – embodied wonderfully by Henry Cavill – searches for his place in this world.
Musician Allison Crowe and Director Zack Snyder on the set of filming "Man of Steel" - the new Superman epic
MoS has earned more than $600 million at the box office so far. Allison Crowe flew home from the movie's New York City premiere to begin rehearsals with the cast of “NewfoundlandVinyl: The Flipside” – the follow-up to last year's rollicking hit – part of the Gros Morne Theatre Festival happening in Cow Head, NL. Jeff Pitcher, Artistic Director of Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador is Writer and Crowe Musical Director again this Summer.
The production runs July 12 through August 30 at the GMTF. Allison Crowe says cast rehearsals are “AMAZING” – and indicate the show, which gave her newest album its name and raison d'etre, is going to be a super experience.
“Newfoundland Vinyl”, the limited-edition, 180-gram-quality, vinyl LP is available on Crowe's home islands -- on Atlantic shores at Gary Bennett Music in Corner Brook, and via Craig Payne's daROCK Stories & Songs, and venerable Fred's Records in St. John's, NL. On Canada's Pacific coast, the LP is stocked at Fascinating Rhythm, in Nanaimo, Lyle's Place, in Victoria, and Salt Spring Sound, SSI, BC. In the city of Vancouver, Canada - it's @: Highlife Records; Neptoon Records; Red Cat Records; and Zulu Records.
The album can also be mail-ordered for delivery anywhere, and, digitally, it's available here on Allison's Music Site and on CD Baby,iTunes, Amazon and other fine sites that make music available online.
Musical wonder-woman Allison Crowe makes her Hollywood screen debut this Summer in “Man of Steel” – opening Friday, June 14, 2013.
(To help preserve the great thrills and surprises in store for audiences 'round the world, Allison Crowe will make no revelations about her role, nor about anything that happens, in the movie until after its release.)
Allison Crowe – you will find her... in “Man of Steel” this Summer “The experience of filming on 'Man of Steel' was one of the most fulfilling and INSANELY exciting (seriously) experiences I've ever had – if not THE most! I can't say much about it – and that's part of the fun. My lips are sealed,” says Crowe in a transmission received from a fog-shrouded island off Canada's Atlantic coast.
“What I can say is – I was so excited I couldn't sleep the night before, and that I am so incredibly humbled and overwhelmed and grateful to be a part of all of this – and it couldn't have been with a lovelier group of people.”
Crowe, an wholly singular artist, expresses her profound gratitude to Director Zack Snyder and Producer Deborah Snyder, Producer Chuck Roven, their partners and team, everyone involved with Third Act Productions and Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures, Syncopy ~ and more folks to be named and thanked at an appropriate time.
Signing off, from an unidentified location in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, she says: “Everyone was so amazing and down to earth on set that I had the pleasure of meeting – absolutely everybody involved – and I will never, ever forget it. Honestly, I can think back to it now AND STILL FREAK OUT, in the best way ever.”
This epic action adventure, a tale of hope and heroism, brings to the big screen the greatest super-hero of them all. Directed by Zack Snyder, the film stars Henry Cavill (Clark Kent / Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Michael Shannon (General Zod), Kevin Costner (Pa Kent), Diane Lane (Ma Kent), Laurence Fishburne (Perry White), Russell Crowe (Jor-El), and many more in a stellar cast – both revealed and still secret. The story is by David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan, with music by Hans Zimmer – and an awesome array of talents in every area of the production.
Allison Crowe flies soon to New York City for the red-carpet Premiere of “Man of Steel” believing the fate of our planet is in good hands.
Northern Lights over Gros Morne - photo by Allison Crowe
Allison Crowe has completed recording her newest album - to debut June 25, 2013. This new release, the 11th from Crowe's Rubenesque Records, is the first to be available as a vinyl LP.
Crowe reveals her inspiration - working with Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador, which celebrates the 18th Annual Gros Morne Theatre Festival when its season runs this year from May - September.
"I am so grateful to have been asked two years in a row to put together songs and musically direct for a show called 'Newfoundland Vinyl'. I get to work with extremely talented and fun people each Summer in a gorgeous setting - Cow Head, NL," says Allison from her home in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. "From the vast and encyclopaedic sea of beautiful music to come from, and out of, Newfoundland and Labrador, here is a collection of some of the songs from this year's show."
Music and comedy come together in this theatre production, written and directed by TNL's Artistic Director Jeff Pitcher. TNL announces: "On the heels of last year's runaway hit we present the all new 'Newfoundland Vinyl - The Flip Side!' ...the cast returns with more hits than a bagful of hammers!"