Glenna Bell :: Perfectly Legal: Songs of Sex, Love and Murder


De nieuwe cd van de Texaanse zangeres Glenna Bell heeft een perfecte titel: Perfectly Legal: Songs Of Sex, Love And Murder. In de beste Lucinda Williams-traditie knauwt, snauwt en zingt ze acht liedjes over sex, liefde en moord.
Traditionele folk, Calexico-woestijnpop, harde country. Bell is weliswaar nog piepjong, maar zo eigenzinnig als de pest. En dat maakt deze cd tot iets heel speciaals.
Glenna’s new album, Perfectly Legal: Songs of Sex, Love and Murder, unfolds as a musical and theatrical journey through a series of stripped-down songs that document the seldom-told stories of a real woman living a real life at the turn of the 21st century.  The songs were recorded in four “acts” at studios on the East Coast, Austin and Houston.  Act I is set “out at the ranch” in Stafford, Texas, where the first three tracks were produced and recorded with minimal backing on simple home-recording equipment by Texas singer-songwriter, Jimmy Pizzitola, at his enchanting 1940’s ranch house/studio amidst the ghosts of the by-gone souls who came to hear the music of the roving Texas bands that graced its stage back in those long-ago days.
With Act II, we head west to another Texas location, The Congress House Studio out on South Congress Avenue in Austin.  Tracks 4-6 were recorded during SXSW 2010 by Andre Moran and produced by Texas singer-songwriter, John Evans, in this humble, wood-frame house where Ani DiFranco, along with a slew of other music-scene insiders, have made their mark behind the mics that are sequestered away on a sleepy old road just south of the Live Music Capital of the World. 
Act III takes us up East to the wilds of Pennsylvania, the home of WXLV radio studios, where executive producer, Kevin “Big Kev” Ploghoft, is a popular radio host and the station’s Music Director.  This act consists of one solitary song, Glenna’s haunting original, “The Southern Gothic Wedding Waltz,” produced by Big Kev and recorded as a magical first-take, featuring members of the Jersey-based Gin Mill Kings on organ and electric guitar.  Finally, Act IV brings us back home to Houston, where Glenna recorded Perfectly Legal’s last track at historic Sugar Hill Studios, the oldest continuously operating recording studio in Texas, where the Big Bopper immortalized “Chantilly Lace” and George Jones laid down some of his first vocal performances.  “The Cougar Anthem,” a comical, foot-stomping, hand-clapping, beat-driven romp, is the result of the Sugar Hill sessions and was produced by John Evans and recorded by Steve Christensen, who won a Grammy in 2009 for his work on Steve Earle’s tribute to Townes Van Zandt.

1. Franky And Johnny
2. Lost And Lookin’
3. These Days
4. Honky Tonk Man
5. Big Kev
6. Hurricane
7. The Southern Gothic Wedding Waltz
8. The Cougar Anthem



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