Rise

(Songwriter/Country Rock/Folk/Roots) 2020 Rock Ridge - ach, so ein herrlich altmodisches Teil! Dieser - mir bis dato völlig unbekannte - Typ aus Sea Cliff, New York entwickelt langsam aber stetig eine Sucht, wie ich es schon lange nicht mehr erlebt habe. Friedman besitzt eine warme, superattraktive Stimme, schreibt überragende, abwechslungsreiche Songs, die professionelle Produktion kommt voll im Analogsound der 70er, der an klassische Westcoast-Platten erinnert, und es spielt eine topmäßige Begleittruppe, organisiert von keinem Geringeren als Larry Campbell. Der ist hier für die Produktion zuständig und fährt dazu sein übliches Arsenal an akustischen und elektrischen Gitarren, Pedal & Lap Steel, Mandoline, Geige und Zither auf. Feat. Jason Crosby (Susdan Tedeschi, Robert Randolph, Phil Lesh & Friends) an den Tasten und neben einer passenden Rhythm Section die bekannten Stimmen von Lucy Kaplansky & Teresa Williams als Backingchor. Man könnte sicher etliche Bezüge zu den frühen/mittleren 70ern herleiten, aber insgesamt besticht 'Rise' durch ein sensationelles Jackson Browne-Feeling! 'Carry Me Home' startet in bester Country Folk/Westcoast-Manier, danach kommen Volltreffer wie das angerockte 'Last Train To Babylon', das Daiquiri-befrachtete 'Tough Crowd' als Goodtime/Key West/Karibik-Nummer im Jimmy Buffett-Modus, die Pedal Steel-beladene Wehmut-Countryschnulze 'Runaway Girl' und der Titeltrack in totaler 'Late For The Sky'-Nostalgie, komplett mit Lap Steel/Electric Fiddle wie damals von David Lindley - einfach zum Heulen schön. 3. volles Album dieses Roger Street Friedman und kein einziger Ausfall dabei!


Roger Street Friedman is a singer, songwriter and activist based in Sea Cliff, New York, who restarted his music career in 2010 following the loss of his parents and the birth of his daughter. His critically acclaimed 2017 album, Shoot The Moon, reached #2 on the Roots Music Report Americana Country Album Chart. Wrote The Aquarian of that album: “If Shoot The Moon doesn't quite deserve masterpiece status, it's at least close. His words are autobiographical, cinematic, blunt and honest. His music is folk-rock, raucous horn-rock, dreamy pop-rock, Progressive Americana and sweet soulful R&B. Think Jackson Brown without all the earnestness.” Friedman also garnered acclaim for his debut, The Waiting Sky (2014). Champions for the album included No Depression, American Songwriter, Relix Magazine, MSN, The Alternate Root, Elmore Magazine and the When Larry Campbell, the GRAMMY winning producer and longtime collaborator of Levon Helm, says he wants to collaborate – you listen. Just ask Roger Street Friedman, the award-winning, NY-based singer-songwriter, whose “autobiographical, cinematic, blunt, and honest” songwriting has been compared to James Taylor, Randy Newman, and Jackson Browne (The Aquarian). With the release of Rise, the songwriter’s third studio album produced by Campbell, Friedman has crafted nothing less than a true expression – a statement of purpose that resonates as a career milestone – thanks in part to a partnership with Campbell that far exceeded Friedman’s expectations.

Recorded at his home studio in Sea Cliff, NY, Rise features the type of honest, vulnerable songwriting that has won Friedman praise everywhere from USA Today to No Depression – reflective vignettes recalling the singer-songwriter tradition of Marc Cohn and Robbie Robertson, set to a blend of folk-rock, progressive Americana, and soulful R&B. Co-written with a number of Nashville based songwriters, the album’s 12 tracks feature stories so vivid that we feel genuinely inside their characters — whether it’s the Vietnam veteran “takin’ fire from Uncle Sam” upon his return, or the housewife questioning her life in “Over and Over.” There’s an honesty, immediacy, and urgency to Friedman’s singing throughout the album, while the song arrangements are fat-free blends of Americana genre-splicing, from the twang of “Last Train to Babylon” to the rocking punch of “Outcasts of Love,” the Celtic anthemics of the title track and the Jimmy Buffett ebullience of “Tough Crowd.”

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Rise
FRIEDMAN, ROGER STREET
Rise
CD
ROKR 426
€ 16.90*
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1. Carry Me
2. Last Train To Babylon
3. Rise
4. Lessons
5. Outcasts of Love
6. Give It Another Go
7. Over and Over
8. The Strange Shape of Love
9. The War is Already Over
10. Tough Crowd
11. Runaway Girl
12. Waiting on the Moon