My record company turned 15 today - besides feeling 100 years old, I feel other things. I feel lucky to get to do what I do, even though I absolutely want to throw up my hands and quit sometimes. I feel hopeful that there is art in this world and that there is expression - I wouldn't be here without it. I feel grateful to somehow always be surrounded by giant hearts with bodies who inspire me when I stop believing inspiration is even a thing. I feel like if you don't like what you're listening to, or writing, or anything - and you think those days are gone and that those things are dead - write what you believe. Create the art your soul is missing. Share it and listen in return to your kindred spirits. They're waiting just like you are. Actively search. Communicate what you can and listen until you can't anymore. Find the medium that works for you. Just love. Just do. ~ Allison
Rubenesque Records, the music label of Allison Crowe, is 15.
An artist, a person with the integrity of this Canadian islander was always going to find her own way and on August 23, 2001, Allison incorporated Rubenesque Records Ltd. and carried on the road less-traveled – stating: "Soulful. Alive. Joyous. Grievous. Real, true, music is what I want to make."
Righteous Babe Record's founders, musician Ani DiFranco and manager Scot Fisher, remain a model of truly independent spirit and creativity in today's record industry – hopeful proof that "If you are disgustingly sincere and terribly diligent, there are ways for any serious artist to operate outside the corporate structure."
Rubenesque Records marks its 15th year with the debut of Allison Crowe and Band – “Introducing / Heirs + Grievances” – the 20th release by the label, and the launch of another, exciting, creative phase.
Virtuosic, versatile and visceral – Allison Crowe's amazing body of work is experienced through more than 150 original song recordings, on board with Canadiana, sea chanteys, Celtic aires, hymns, carols, tunes of Newfoundland and Labrador, centuries-old broadside ballads renewed, as well as singular interpretations of Counting Crows, Pearl Jam, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Tori Amos, The Beatles, Broadway, jazz, soul and so much else.
“Allison Crowe August” is what DJ Mark Jabroni of CHMR Radio in St. John's, NL has proclaimed this month. Rubenesque itself has some special music releases, tours, concerts and more fun in the works to celebrate with gusto this August – and everything after.
Right now, bridging the years, here's vintage video of Allison performing in Vienna early this century paired with audio from her band's most recent concert in Vancouver. “Secrets”, Allison Crowe's piano and vocals with cellist Lin Lin is part of “Introducing”, the live disc half of Rubenesque's newest (RRL 00020). Sláinte mhaith!!
"You All Haunt Me" opens the debut album from Allison Crowe and Band. And the first music video for the double-disc set is this song paired with scenes from Ménilmontant, the silent cinema classic from Dimitri Kirsanoff featuring partner Nadia Sibirskaïa and Yolande Beaulieu.
Like Bob Dylan at Newport, like Bruce Springsteen at The Bottom Line, Allison Crowe and Band electrified musically on tour in Europe this past month. Here's the group's final bow – on stage in Brussels after the second or third encore of the night: l – r - Sarah White (mandolin, guitar, vocals); Céline Greb aka Lin Lin (cello, vocals); Dave Baird (bass); and Allison Crowe (vocals, piano, guitar, fiddle, bodhran).
This closing concert of the first leg of of the “Heirs + Grievances” tour happens in a place where love and life carry on following recent tragedy. Allison Crowe's performance of Leonard Cohen's “Hallelujah” blew past the soundboard's limits, allowing artist and audience to continue a capella while the audio equipment was reset.
The power of music to transcend was evident throughout the group's month-long tour of Germany, Slovenia, Italy, England and Belgium.
“In the past,” notes Harrison, “Crowe has devoted herself to trad folk, contemporary rock, Christmas songs and music of Leonard Cohen, all of which have merged into these two discs to create a portrait of an idealist — with the addition of her between-songs talk on the live recording revealing a bubbly personality.”