"The main problem is that generally when you make an album, you record it first and then (afterwards) you tour. So by the end of the tour the songs are incredible because they are so practiced," said Brandi Shearer, pictured left earlier this week onstage in New York.
"I wanted to do this the right way; to tour first and record the album after....This tour is basically the pre- production." The Amoeba Records recording artist was speaking two nights ago in New York City, moments after getting off stage to rousing applause at Manhattan's Mercury Lounge where along with current two-piece band -- drummer Ramy Antoun and guitarist Chris Bruce (the musicians on her soon to be recorded next album, and who just got off tour with Seal) -- sounded like they've already honed their sound on all the new tracks enough to go into the studio and record that next album right away.
The studio recording dates won't be for several more weeks, sometime this summer when Craig Street (Cassandra Wilson, Norah Jones,Me'Shell NdegéOcello, John Legend, k.d. lang, Manhattan Transfer etc.) produces the anticipated new album -- the follow up to last year's Close to Dark. Currently Shearer & band are still in the midst of their hectic cross-country tour with another busy week of shows to go, all part of a coast-to-coast Amoeba Music Presents tour that also features Quincy Coleman and Kate Walsh.
The three talented female artists, each with their own distinct style, kicked off this intense national tour (18 dates in 3 weeks) two weeks ago in Brandi's home state of Oregon and have since played to positive response in such cities as Seattle, WA, Decatur, GA and Austin TX. Last night they played the Boston area club Middle East in Cambridge, MA. Tomorrow (Thursday May 29th) they are scheduled to play Pittsburg, PA's Club Cafe, and the following night (Friday May 30th) they drive north to Chicago, IL where they are booked at Schubas.
For the other remaining dates of the tour, scroll down to end of this Amoeblog. "The reason this tour works so well is because we are disparate," said Brandi Shearer of herself, Kate Walsh and Quincy Coleman's musical styles. "Kate has a lovely way of delivering sentiments that we have all felt at sometime," said Brandi of the British singer songwriter Kate Walsh. And Quincy Coleman? "She calls her sound funky country....she really crafts her songs. A great artist!"
At the New York City show Shearer and band performed such new next album tracks as "Apologize," the soothing ballad "I Just Want You To Love Me," the song "Animal" which features her sans guitar, and the crowd-pleasing, down and dirty "When You Wake Up." When the tour ends she says she will take a much needed break, but not for long. "I will go home first to spend time with the dogs and then head out again," laughed the hardworking artist.
Brandi Shearer, Kate Walsh, and Quincy Coleman play Cafe Montmarte in Madison, WI on Saturday, May 31st, the Duck Room in St. Louis, MO on Sunday June 1st, and Denver, CO's Soiled Dove on Tuesday next week, June 3rd, when the tour winds to a close. For up to date tour info and for free downloads of each of the three artists on the Amoeba Music Presents tour click here.