The Deliverance Of Marlowe Billings

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Nachdem Dan Stuart seine Lebensfreude und damit den Spaß am Musizieren wieder gefunden hatte (und auf der Green On Red Re-Union-Tour wieder Blut geleckt hatte), stürzte er sich kopfüber in die seit 2005 brachliegende Karriere und veröffentlicht seither wieder - mehr oder minder regelmäßig - seine Scheiben. Dabei trat er zuletzt ein kurzlebiges Projekt namens The Slummers los, bei dem es vorwiegend darum zu gehen schien, sich aus den Umklammerungen der gewohnten Klischees zu befreien und mit Hörgewohnheiten zu brechen. Das Songwriting blieb dabei allerdings auf der Strecke. Auf dieser neuen Scheibe (genau genommen erst seiner zweiten Solo-Scheibe) gibt es nun quasi die Essenz aus diesen Erfahrungen - nur wieder mit ordentlichem Songmaterial. Stuart nölt hier mit den besten des Genres um die Wette (mit Tom Petty etwa) und singt seine Oden an die klassischen Misfits und Outsiders (die erkennbar alle auf ihm selbst fußen) und das in der besten Americana-Rundumschlag-Manier - nur dass die Songs durch ungewöhnliche Arrangements und Sound-Konzepte (etwa mit eigenartig gewichteten Keyboards, verfremdeten Gitarrensounds oder nachbehandelten Vocals) zu unterhalten wissen. Angesichts dessen wäre es verfehlt zu sagen, dass Stuart wieder zu alter Form aufgelaufen ist. Stattdessen darf attestiert werden, dass der alte Recke hier noch mal einen ziemlichen Schritt nach vorne machte.

The Deliverance of Marlowe Billings will be Dan s first solo album to be released this century. His old band Green on Red were reluctant members of LA's Paisely Underground (Dream Syndicate, Bangles, Long Ryders etc.) before unintentionally inspiring the Alt-Country/Americana ghetto of Wilco, Ryan Adams, Calexico et al. Hell, Stuart and tour mate Steve Earle once took on half of London in a bar fight, but why no one really remembers. His songs have been covered by a wide spectrum from the cute punky pop Vivian Girls, literary miserabilists Richmond Fontaine, to the late great Jim Dickinson, not to mention the unfortunate Travis and Manic Street Preachers. He has written songs with Memphis soul legends Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham as well as ultra-wasp Loudon Wainwright III. Producers such as Al Kooper and Glyn Johns have all tried to tame him, to no avail.

Okay, but just where the hell has Dan been?

Taking a cue from F. Scott Fitzgerald, Stuart sat out the second act of his own play but has returned for the denouement. The Deliverance of Marlowe Billings details the implosion of a marriage and his subsequent escape from a NYC psychiatric facility to a planned suicide south of the border. Fortunately, the ancients had other plans, and walking in the footsteps of Traven, Lawrence & Lowry, Stuart's demise was foiled by the simple beauty and preseverance of everyday life in Southern Mexico. Surrounded by the narco wars, endemic corruption and abject poverty, Stuart oddly enough found himself happy to be alive and relatively sane. After buying a battered handmade guitar from a retired mariachi, he emerged with a collection of songs that balanced his trademark sarcastic swagger and tough fear with a hard won fragility that can only be acquired by creeping to the edge and staring into the void. Surely, Stuart had crossed more than a mere border between countries, but the frontier between reason and madness itself.

A walking contradiction and sin-eater to boot, Dan Stuart's songs have always asked more questions than they've answered, but really, aren't doubts all we got? What is certain is The Deliverance of Marlowe Billings was recorded in Italy and Los Angeles with the mighty Sacri Cuori and Dan is reported to be in great shape and spirits. Que un milagro!

The Deliverance of Marlowe Billings was produced by Antonio Gramentieri and Jack Waterson (Green on Red). Gramentieri's ensemble Sacri Cuori provided musical support and have recorded with Richard Buckner, Marc Ribot, David Hidalgo, Isobell Campbell etc. Dan Stuart is currently lining up dates for his first ever solo tour backed by Sacri Cuori this September where they will be playing songs from the new album as well as many tracks from the Green on Red repertoire."

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The Deliverance Of Marlowe Billings
The Deliverance Of Marlowe Billings
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