Betty Buckley Puts On A Thrilling Show At Joe’s Pub Celebrating Her New CD.
Naughty Gossip spent Saturday night with the magnificent Betty Buckly at Joe’s Pub in NYC. Betty is thrilling live and ripped the roof off the cool downtown venue with songs from her brilliant new CD.
TRUST US – YOU MUST GET THE CD!
Buckley’s eighteenth album, features her quartet of musicians including the renowned multi-Grammy-nominated Christian Jacob, Buckley’s long-term Pianist, Arranger and Music Director; Oz Noy on guitar; Tony Marino on bass; and Dan Rieser on drums.
Buckley commented, “This recording is a collection of songs by some of my favorite composers and songwriters. All were chosen as a response to all that we, as a World Community, have experienced from late 2016 through 2017 until now. I hope this musical journey will allow listeners to experience, feel, dream and, hopefully, inspire you to claim your highest hope for brighter days for our beautiful planet and our united human family.”
The Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown – who also contributed three songs to Buckley’s previous album, the two-disc Story Songs – provided the album’s reflective title song, which serves as a thematic centerpiece to the recording.
Other highlights include two numbers from the seminal jazz-rock fusion group Steely Dan, including the wry “Any Major Dude Will Tell You” and the scintillating rock groove of “Don’t Take Me Alive.” Several selections originate from Buckley’s favorite singer/songwriters. “Falling In Love” is a plaintive ballad by Grammy Award-winner Lisa Loeb, while the noir-inspired deep cut “Shades of Scarlett Conquering” comes from the iconic Joni Mitchell. The joyously rollicking “I Feel Lucky” from Mary Chapin Carpenter bristles with life.
Buckley’s childhood friend and collaborator T Bone Burnett provided three compositions from the album, including the haunting “My Least Favorite Life,” which he wrote with Rosanne Cash and Lera Lynn for the HBO Series “True Detective.” And true to her love of the great standards, the album features two timeless classics, sensitive interpretations of the Jerome Kern and Ira Gershwin gem “Long Ago and Far Away” and “Young At Heart” by Johnny Richards and Carolyn Leigh.
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BETTY BUCKLEY – “HOPE” – Track Listing
1) Ecotopia (Music by Oregon)
2) Any Major Dude Will Tell You (Music and lyrics by Walter Becker & Donald Fagen)
3) Falling In Love (Music and lyrics by Lisa Loeb)
4) Long Ago and Far Away (Music by Jerome Kern and lyrics by Ira Gershwin)
5) Introduction to “Hope”
6) Hope (Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown)
7) My Least Favorite Life (Music and lyrics by T Bone Burnett, Rosanne Cash & Lera Lynn; from the HBO Series “True Detective”)
8) Don’t Take Me Alive (Music and lyrics by Walter Becker & Donald Fagan)
9) Except Goodbye (Music and lyrics by Judith Shubow Steir, from “Only A Kingdom”)
10) Every Little Thing (Music and lyrics by T Bone Burnett)
11) Shades of Scarlett Conquering (Music and lyrics by Joni Mitchell)
12) Dope Island (Music and lyrics by T Bone Burnett)
13) I Feel Lucky (Music and lyrics by Mary Chapin Carpenter)
14) Quiet (Music and lyrics by Paul Simon)
15) Gilda Story
16) Prisoner in Disguise (Music and lyrics by JD Souther)
17) Young At Heart (Music by Johnny Richards and lyrics by Carolyn Leigh)