Brigitte DeMeyer Rose of Jericho

“With an earthy soulful voice, [DeMeyer] comes off sounding like Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer’s unknown sister, or perhaps like a Sheryl Crow…at her finest when she delves into country soul.”  —No Depression
“DeMeyer’s music could be called “blue-eyed country soul.” Her strong lead vocals have a wonderful fluidity.  Her strong flexible voice effortlessly bends notes with a honey-coated creativity.”  —Vintage Guitar
“Brigitte DeMeyer has earned herself the reputation as being one of the hardest working singer-songwriters of the moment. With her mix of bluegrass and gospel style vocals, Brigitte provides us with a new vision for country music.”  —Maverick
Brigitte DeMeyer Releases Fifth Studio Album

Rose of Jericho Due August 30, 2011
CD co-produced by Brady Blade
Features Sam Bush, Will Kimbrough, Doug Lancio and Mike Farris
July 27, 2011
For immediate release

Acclaimed indie singer-songwriter Brigitte DeMeyer will release her fifth studio album, Rose of Jericho, on August 30, 2011.

Artists live for those rare moments when everything lines up; when they gather the right songs and the right people in the right place at the right time, and find themselves and their music truly coming alive. Brigitte DeMeyer is experiencing just such a moment. Rose of Jericho is proof.

Although this is album number five for DeMeyer, it also marks a trio of significant firsts: her first time taking the reigns as co-producer; her first time recording in Nashville since she made it her home; and her first time telling her stories of balancing motherhood and music. She’d built a solid foundation with her first four albums, collaborating with giants of the Americana world—world-class drummer and producer Brady Blade especially—and showing herself to have a wonderfully natural feel for country-steeped, blues-infused roots-pop, right down to her supple, peppery singing.

It didn’t take DeMeyer long to find kindred musical spirits, even if it did require a little sleuthing. After watching Blade perform with Emmylou Harris’ band Spyboy, she was determined to track him down. He signed on to play on her second album, Nothing Comes Free, and produced the next two, Something After All and Red River Flower (he also co-produced Rose of Jericho), and brought in a small army of masterly players and singers he knew would appreciate what she was doing, like Buddy Miller (with whom she’s since shared the stage on more than one occasion), Steve Earle, Tony Hall, Ivan Neville, Daniel Lanois, the Indigo Girls’ Emily Saliers, Phil Madeira, Chris Donohue, Regina McCrary and Al Perkins (who invited her to join his European tour). On the new album, DeMeyer expanded her impressive stable of collaborators with contributions from full-throated force of nature Mike Farris, guitar gurus Will Kimbrough and Doug Lancio and virtuoso Sam Bush.

All the while, DeMeyer has been delving deeper into southern musical territory. By her fourth album, she was quite literally commuting there from the Bay Area to record. A little over a year ago she took another leap, moving 2,000 miles across the country to Tennessee with her husband and their young son. DeMeyer also landed a publishing deal with Nashville-based Green Hills Music.

As for the songs DeMeyer’s been writing, they draw on a mixture of firsthand experience and a rich, sensuous lexicon of gospel, blues, country and literary imagery. If it sometimes seems that popular music is a teenage fantasyland where people pretend to be without attachments or responsibilities, that’s not the case with her songwriting—she tells it like it is. On Rose of Jericho, there are songs like “Amen Said the Deacon”—a slice of gospely Chitlin’ Circuit funk—and the country soul number “This Fix I’m In” that capture the longing she feels for her child when she’s far away. DeMeyer wrote the latter on the very last flight out of Nashville the day the devastating flood hit. There’s also “Jeremiah’s Blues”, a song she wrote to and about her son, bringing to life his strong-willed personality and the equally passionate biblical prophet who’s his namesake. 

But writing anything at all can be a challenge when there’s also a kid around who needs attention. “You have to stop what you’re doing a lot,” she jokes. “It used to be if mommy was distracted by music my son would have nothing of it. Now he wants to join me.” (And he probably will, soon enough. Thanks to Blade, he’s had an adult-sized drum kit since the age of three.) Nowhere does DeMeyer articulate the inner tug of war between artistry and family more eloquently than in her spare, soulful folk song “West Side Mama, South Side Me.” “When I was in California I was mostly mom,” she explains. “When I was in the South, I was me.”

She’s decided that she no longer needs to choose between the two; she’s saying “yes” to it all. You can hear that “yes” in the surefooted New Orleans R&B of the title track, “Rose of Jericho”. “Give that plant a little water,” DeMeyer says, “and it comes back to life. I so relate to that.”

DeMeyer is planning a fall tour around the release of Rose of Jericho.


Check for an updated tour schedule.

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