Brigitte DeMeyer plays track from Savannah Road and talks about working with Will Kimbrough and Jano Rix and how Gregg Allman inspired her.
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Brigitte DeMeyer Info
Brigitte DeMeyer Interview Recap
Calvin asks Brigitte DeMeyer about her growing up years in California and how she nailed the southern music vibe. She says growing up she listened to lots of different music, including R&B. She says that she was also active in the horse world and she always hard country music in the barns. So she had this interest in that old. Brigitte DeMeyer says, “I had an interest in that old soul vocal style. And then I also had an interest, in southern, I don't know how to put it. I don't like the word twang. But that southern feel, that vibe. As I listened to both I sort of merged the two. I ended up finding bands that had invented that concept. [laughs]. Most of them all came from the south.”
Calvin asks about Gregg Allman's influence on her music. Brigitte DeMeyer says, “I listened to the Allman Brothers my whole life.... who didn't? [laughs]I went to a book signing two years ago, he'd written a bio called My Cross To Bear. I wanted to read it so I went to his book signing here in Nashville. Met him briefly. he autographed my book and I had a short conversation with him. I was really blown away by that book. I don't know why. There's just so much pain and depth and art, coming from him in his writing that I identified with it. While I was reading it, he would talk about an artist and I would look up that artist. Then he started all through the book talking about Georgia. When I read the book he was residing in Savannah. So I started reading about Savannah. I was totally enthralled by this book. I started reading about Savannah and I started getting this vibe of what that place is like, there's so much history there. So I wrote the title track 'Savannah Road' and I would credit him for leading me to looking into all that stuff just because of how his book inspired me. And oddly enough I'm going to be opening for him this weekend. [laughs].”
Brigitte DeMeyer sets up “Savannah Road.” She says, “It was written by myself and Will Kimbrough. We have great musical chemistry and you'll hear his fabulous steel guitar playing. This track was made in his studio. This track that you're hearing is the actual track where we wrote the song and we just kept it.”
[Calvin plays the title track from Savannah Road by Brigitte DeMeyer.]
Calvin asks about the blues and soul singers that have inspired her. Brigitte DeMeyer says a lot of the R&B singers inspired her. She namechecks Etta James. She notes there's a track on the album called “Lightnin' Poor” which is a tribute to Lightnin' Hopkins. She also cites Mavis Staples and the Staple Singers as inspirations.
Brigitte DeMeyer sets up “Build Me A Fire.” She says, “The lyrics to that song were inspired by my mother's journey during World War II Germany. My mother is an immigrant. I'm a first generation American. My parents were both immigrants. They met here but immigrated here separately. She comes from Jewish descent and World War II Germany was not very friendly to Jewish people. This is an outtake of quotes that she actually built with my own fictional picture of what happened to her. She was sleeping in school houses and barns and wandering from place to place trying to find shelter so they could be safe. Didn't know where they were going end up. The insecurity and the not knowing and having to deal with as such a young person between ages 5 and 13 she had to experience this. That song is a tribute to her and her sisters journey through Germany at that time.”
Calvin asks Brigitte DeMeyer about how she met Will Kimbrough and her collaboration with him. She says, “I knew of Will Kimbrough when I was living in California. He's been playing music in public since he was 12 years old. And that's a long time. I won't state his age because he probably wouldn't like it [laughs] When I started coming to the South and Nashville. I'd see him around gigs and eventually we ended on a gig here in Nashville called Music City Roots. And I was just about to make another album and I was trying to think who I would like to have come play on it. The cool thing about Nashville is it's a pretty small community. You can just call people up or you see them in the store. or whatever. I called Will and he picked up the phone. He'd given me his card at that gig we were on. And he said yes. I would love to play on your record, which was the Roads of Jericho record. And of all the people that played on that from Sam Bush and Mike Farris and the McCrary Sisters, Will really stood out to me as really understanding what I wanted to create. I would say, 'Can you pick a song like your on a back porch in Louisiana in 1910.' And he would say, 'You mean like this?' and he'd make it even better than I could imagine it. and I'm like, 'OK I'm not letting that boy go.' Then we started gigging together after the Roads of Jericho was made, my previous album. We played together all over the world. Scandinavia, the UK, all over the United States. And he lives just down the street. We just have this rapport. One day we ere like 'hey let's write sometime' so I went over to his house and we wrote the song “Worker.” What I loved about writing with Will is it's very organic with him. It's not a strained writing session. He's comfortable with me. I'm comfortable with him. We can tell each other something sucks or this way would be better. It's just relaxed and easy and we understand each other. He's very well read and he knows all different styles of music He's a ninja.
Brigitte DeMeyer sets up “Honey Hush.” She says, “That song has many incarnations. The lyrics just speak for themselves, but I didn't know what to do with that song. I've become with guys in this band The Wood Brother. I just love them. Oliver and Chris. They have this great percussionist/keyboardist/everything guy named Jano Rix in the band. He came over to put some percussion tracks down on Savannah Road. He has this instrument called the shuitar, It's this instrument he invented that has jangles and snares. He started thumping this rhythm and I started singing over it and I sang that whole track just to his shuitar and we played it back and we loved it. The original version of that song was more twangy and it wasn't working for me. it was bugging me. And then he did that. I sang over it. And what you're hearing is what came out. And then he put a Hammond organ over it. And then this great bass player here in Nashville called Michael Rhodes played a [Mexican] guitarron which is one of those big Spanish horizontal basses, big fat thing, acoustic bass. And that's all that song is. The groove of that song and the way I sang it was completely me reacting to the force of Jano Rix's playing. We were just messing around and that's what came out after one time. [laughs] that's what came out and I just love the idea something can make me feel like that and sing that way. Just hearing it the first time the engineer just happened to grab it while we were doing it. And I loved it and he loved it and we kept it. [laughs]”
[Calvin plays “Honey Hush” from Savannah Road by Brigitte DeMeyer.]
Brigitte DeMeyer runs through her upcoming gig schedule including a gig with Gregg Allman and she encourages people to visit her web site to find the latest gig schedule and purchase her album.
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