June 11 ~ Upward Spiral for
Allison Crowe - in Spirit and Flesh
"Canada’s finest songwriter”,
Crowe reigns as instrument of faith and sex and God...
Allison Crowe, one of the great voices in music, this week gives a
candid interview to UK writer Stephen Thomas. Published on UK culture
’, the chat highlights the twinned strands of
spirituality and sexuality – a double helix of musical vitality that
makes Crowe such a singular force.
For the musician, described by Thomas as “Canada's finest songwriter”,
performance is an act of communication that can reach emotionally and
physically ecstatic heights for artist and audience. Edith Piaf,
Mahalia Jackson, and Oum Kalthoum moved people profoundly with their
voices in earlier generations.
Combining the joyful exuberance of Louis Armstrong, with the manic
energy of rock and rollers from Little Richard in the 1950s to Bruce
Springsteen of the 1970s, Crowe tells ‘We Write Lists’ a concert set
is akin to “some seriously good sex”. And, she notes: “To me, music is
Allison Crowe has just released her seventh CD. Titled “Spiral
the album’s collection of original songs span country, roots, rock,
pop and folk, alongside interpretations of classics from Annie Lennox
), Leonard Cohen (Chelsea Hotel No. 2
Hunters and Collectors (Throw Your Arms Around Me
"I Found You" - inside-album
art by Tara Thelen from Allison Crowe's newest release, "Spiral"
Crowe's own voice, piano and guitar is joined on this outing by
Billie Rocha-Woods (acoustic guitar, backing vocals), Dave Baird
(bass, backing vocals), Brendan Millbank (cello), Larry Anschell
(electric guitar), and Laurent Boucher (percussion). Anschell also has
a hand in engineering (as do B.R.N. and John MacMillan). String
arrangement, orchestration and production is by Hollywood film-scoring
phenom Kayla Schmah. Drawing raves, too, is the album art, with
paintings by Bergen, NL-based Tara Thelen, graphics by Florida’s Alix
Whitmire, and photography by Rocha-Woods and Dan Goldwasser.
Next month, the Spiral concert tour launches with dates on
Canada’s Pacific Coast – then moves to continental Europe for shows in
Germany, France, the Netherlands, Austria, and, still-to-be-confirmed,
Crowe's music in digital + physical formats ~ click here
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