"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.
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!"
The visual pairing here comes from a collaboration between directors Grigori Aleksandrov (“Jolly Fellows”) and Sergei Eisenstein (“The Battleship Potemkin”). The Soviet Russian film-makers, who paired up for “October: Ten Days That Shook the World” and several other films and plays, created the poetic, experimental, “Romance Sentimentale” in France in 1930. It stars Mara Griy as “The Singer”. Sculptures by Auguste Rodin.
Allison Crowe's touring year – including concerts in Europe and Canada, as well as ballet, and theatre productions – is wrapped up at home and focus turns to film projects involving the internationally acclaimed musician.
Allison Crowe's "Tidings" recording of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" is soundtrack to a movie trailer – just released for "The Pardon", a dramatic motion picture to be released in 2013: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oe9yC13crc0">"The Pardon" is directed by Tom Anton, produced by Tom Anton, Sandi Russell, Jacqueline George and Blair Daily. The film stars Jaime King ("Sin City", "Hart of Dixie"), Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee John Hawkes ("Winter's Bone", "Lincoln", "The Sessions"), Jason Lewis, M.C. Gainey, T.J. Thyne, Tim Guinee, Leigh Whannell and John Valdetero. A powerful story of love and despair, hope and redemption, "The Pardon" is based on an actual murder case tried in the State of Louisiana in the 1940s
Along with release of the trailer, the movie's official website is online @ http://www.thepardonmovie.com/">http://www.thepardonmovie.com It contains: images from the film's narrative, as well as historical clippings; a blog; news items; - and music is coming. There's word on the talented cast and crew - including the husband-and-wife director-writer team, Tom Anton and Sandi Russell (who previously paired up to create 2005's "At Last" - a romance set in pre-Katrina Louisiana).
Alternating currents of the flesh and the spirit witnessed in the trailer are channeled by Hollywood veteran Blair Daily – whose editing and post-production supervision credits include work on several Barry Levinson films eg. "Good Morning Vietnam", "Rain Man", "Bugsy", "Avalon", "Wag the Dog" and "Man of the Year". Daily also worked on "Quiz Show" with Robert Redford and "Adventures in Baby Sitting" with Chris Columbus.