In House #1648: Kris Delmhorst's Strange Conversation; New Will Kimbrough, Grant Lee Phillips
Boston singer-songwriter Kris Delmhorst's upcoming release Strange Conversation is based on an interesting premise: all songs draw inspiration from the work of classic poets. As her website puts it,"Some of the poems are set verbatim to music, some dimantled and reassembled in significantly new renditions, others merely used as the jumping-off point for Delmhorst's own literate lyrical take." The collection includes the work of e.e. cummings, whose "Pretty How Town," becomes a rootsy swing in Delmhorst's hands, as well as Lord Byron, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Robert Browning, and George Eliot, among others. The interpretations take on a surprisingly wide range in form and flavor, with playful helpings of blues and Dixieland brass ensuring that the songs are not near as stuffy and formal as some may have treated them. Delmhorst's fourth album comes out next Tuesday on Signature Sounds.
In House #1648.
Focus: New release from Kris Delmhorst, Strange Conversation, plus new music from Grant Lee Phillips, Will Kimbrough, Greg Graffin and more.
Kris Delmhorst, from Strange Conversation: "Galuppi Baldessare" (MP3) (courtesy of Womenfolk)
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