Allison Crowe's Synchronous Orbit with "Man of Steel" ~ June 17
Allison Crowe returns to Canada from the World Premiere screening of "Man of Steel" in New York City. Alongside the thrills of walking the red carpet at NYC's Lincoln Center, the musician is proud and humbled to have a cameo in the artistic and commercial hit cinematic reframing of the Superman myth.
Frank Zappa famously commented: "It isn't necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice. There are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia." On this, the 75th anniversary of the birth of Clark Kent / Superman, MoS film-makers - which includes Hollywood auteur Zack Snyder and writers David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan - have soared past the potential of "Death by Nostalgia" by delivering into today's world the most super of all comic book heroes - portrayed by island of Jersey-born Henry Cavill. Helming the film's music is maestro Hans Zimmer.
Allison Crowe appears in the film very much as she does in concert - a troubadour of fiery spirit and true passion. Her cameo, performing the iconic Johnny Cash tune, "Ring of Fire", is result of a day of filming at the Cassidy Inn - an historic miners-to-bikers bar located on Vancouver Island, just about ten minutes drive south of where Crowe's born.
A relationship begun in 2008, between the bi-coastal artist, who is at home in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, and her birthplace, Nanaimo, British Columbia, and the dynamic movie duo of Director Zack Snyder and Producer Debbie Snyder, is cherished by the independent Canuck.
Celebrating the experience of "Man of Steel", released this month by Warner Bros. studio and its partners, Allison Crowe's own label, Rubenesque Records Ltd., has compiled "Songbook" - an oeuvre-spanning, 22 track, collection representing each album+ release from Crowe's dozen+ years of recording as one of the great singer-songwriters, interpreters and live performers in popular music.
Songbook Salute ~ June 14
Celebrating “Man of Steel” – the Zack Snyder-directed Superman movie in which Allison Crowe appears in a cameo – we’ve created Songbook - an oeuvre-spanning album of tracks representing each album+ release from Rubenesque Records Ltd. (12 Years Free & Strong: 2001 - 2013)
This is not a "greatest of" collection. Allison's recorded repertoire is too diverse and rich to attempt that in a single volume. Instead, it's a resonant playlist here and now.
We hope you'll enjoy these 22 song performances from Allison :)
click on the album cover above to reach the "Songbook" music page
Drawings by Allison Crowe, and design/artwork by our long-time graphics collaborator, Alix Whitmire.
+ more word, credits, and thanks to follow the music…
Man of Steel Premiere - NYC After-Party ~ June 10
Musician Allison Crowe with Movie Director Zack Snyder at the "Man of Steel" World Premiere After-Party.
Super Night of Nights - Man of Steel Premiere ~ June 10
The premiere of the new Superman movie - the Zack Snyder-directed "Man of Steel" - happens at the Starr Theatre in Alice Tully Hall at NYC's Lincoln Center.
Here's Allison Crowe on the red carpet at Lincoln Center, New York City - June 10, 2013.
Allison flanked by Director Zack Snyder and Producer Deborah Snyder - stepping outside the Starr Theater, Alice Tully Hall in NYC's Lincoln Center - where MoS has just premiered.
Allison with "Man of Steel' music maestro Hans Zimmer - celebrating the movie premiere - after-party at Skylight at Moynihan Station.
Up, Up, and Away ~ June 2
Super featurette lifts us into the orbit of "Man of Steel".
Crowe's excited as can be and is soon up, up, and away to
New York City to join the red carpet and red cape
celebration for MoS!!
Superman Today ~ May 30
This "Man of Steel" featurette has Director Zack Snyder, Producers Deborah Snyder & Chuck Roven, Writer David Goyer, Co-Producer Wes Coller - plus cast members and others involved in creation of the new Superman movie - talk of the foundations to it all.
Allison Crowe's Super Summer Launches with "Man of Steel" ~ May 24
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.
"Newfoundland Vinyl" LP Readies to Set Sail ~ May 17
Artwork and the track listing for “Newfoundland Vinyl”, Allison Crowe’s 11th release on Rubenesque Records Ltd., is ready. The album’s music sets sail worldwide next month.
click on thumbnail above to see album front cover
As Musical Director for Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador’s production of “Newfoundland Vinyl: The Flip Side” at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival, the Canadian musician's active now curating and arranging songs for this Summer’s cast.
It’s a rich and varied collection harvested from the island region’s popular music and oral traditions – and from which she’s culled a selection for her vinyl LP. The album’s 10 tracks traverse parlour songs to country tunes and folk favourites, songs of land and sea that share the strength and the struggles, the heartbreaks and the humour, of a people.
click on thumbnail above to see album back cover
Recognized as one of the great modern interpreters of song, Allison Crowe’s singular performances deliver familiar and much-loved songs afresh and with renewed joy.
Coming next month, then, is Allison Crowe’s take on these songs that, over 200 years, come from, and out of, Newfoundland and Labrador – with ageless melodies and meaning:
Black Velvet Band Band – lively traditional song recorded on both sides of the Atlantic, including a version by the legendary Harry Hibbs
Easy – penned by Terry Skinner and made a classic radio hit by country star Eddie Eastman
Men Who Die for a Living – Gary O’Driscoll, award-winning songwriter and producer from St. Lawrence and the South coast, wrote this potent elegy “for the miners here and gone”
Cliffs of Baccalieu – Jack Withers' sea-faring song has previously been sailed by such distinct voices as Anita Best and Stan Rogers
Skipper Billy’s Wake – songwriter Ellis Coles’ jaunty mix of moonshine, Screech and more was well popularized by Dick Nolan
Sonny’s Dream – Newfoundland’s “Man of 1000 Songs”, Ron Hynes, created this anthem of the heart and home
Tiny Red Light – a traditional Newfoundland song revitalized in the vinyl era by The Dorymen (popular east-coast combo founded by John Drake and Tom Rose - a pair of lads out of Fortune Bay communities Belleoram and Bay du Nord)
The Mobile Goat Song – composed by St. John’s Tom Cahill, frequent collaborator with “Newfoundland’s First Lady of Song”, Joan Morrissey, who released this fun romp on her 1973 LP “Home Brew”
Seven Old Ladies – a bawdy song which musically plumbs a 1700s nursery rhyme, ("Johnny's So Long at the Fair") – and a tune also recorded by the great Joan Morrissey
Sweet Forget Me Not - first published in 1877, this tender tune by Bobby Newcomb was the first single, and a vinyl hit on the mainland as well, for Cape Shore’s Eddie Coffey
click on thumbnails above to see album labels for LP sides 1 & 2
Allison Crowe’s “Newfoundland Vinyl” album launches June 25, 2013.
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