Sunday, January 23, 2011

MARK GROWDEN

photography by karen kuehn in New Mexico

A night if torrid lyricism and fierce accordion rascality! For Mark Growden, life bleeds into music and vice versa, which is part of the reason his songs have always held such a deep emotional sway with such a wide audience. Growden's first few recordings – like 1999's Downstairs Karaoke and 2001's Inside Beneath Behind – built on the outlaw troubadour vibe of his legendary (and plentiful) live performances around the Bay Area. Now comes his latest album, Saint Judas, a quantum leap forward for the singer that is his most refined recording yet.

Mark Growden - voice, accordion, clawhammer banjo, baritone sax, Myles Boisen (Tom Waits, Clubfoot Orchestra) – guitar, Chris Grady (Tom Waits, Clubfoot Orchestra, Beth Custer) – trumpet, Alex Kelly (Zakir Hussein, Joan Jeanrenaud, Paul Dresher) – cello.

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