The venerable Bluegrass Situation is premiering my song "Lonely People" on their website right now, along with a little commentary! If you've ever shouted along to the crowd-participation parts of this tune at a show but wondered what the recording sounded like, well, finally, here's your chance to answer that pressing question. Please take a listen HERE.
Oh, okay. Technically, the song "premiered" last summer when XRAY.FM played it on their Hello Cruel World show. BUT... that show is only archived for two weeks, whereas a blog post lasts forever! So I'm going with THIS as the official premiere. Stereo Embers kindly says of the song: A heartfelt, swaying outlook on mature but still eternal love, Chris Robley’s early track from his Great Make Believer album “Evangeline” both proves the primal power of the singer/songwriter format and undermines any and all criticisms regarding the form’s navel-gazing tendencies. Full of a wounded hope and rich with an incipient acoustic pop sense, “Evangeline” imbues the deeply-lived poignant with a still-hopeful optimism. In short, it’s love at its most plain-spokenly poetic, the type of love that keeps you imperishably awake at night, one of “Evangeline”‘s central tropes. Check out the song, and a little extra commentary from me, at Stereo Embers.
Last month I played seven nights in a row at Al's Den in Portland, Oregon, and had more than 85 songs ready to pull from the hat. Down below the Spotify playlist are the (60+) songs that actually got played over those seven nights. And here's a playlist of all those songs I could find on Spotify... [Note: my new album and a few unreleased tracks are not yet available on Spotify, but check back soon!]
If you were there, which of these songs were your favorites?Eden Anonymous 1973 Evangeline Mission Bells Lonely People Fisher King Veterans Day Stained Glass Windows Silently User-Friendly Guide to Change The Love I Fake Centaurea Culture Jammer Little Love Affairs Charango Song Andalucian Pines Half Awake, Half Asleep An Unlikely Proposal Repeats St. Adeline Anxiety on Parade The Soldier’s Bride Xmas Card from NYC to Anyone Who’ll Read It, 1946 Terror-ism Sitting Inside a Sinking Submarine Head to Head with the Smarts of Our Leisure Fascist Freedom Maybe He Was Meant for You Collapsing Star Mr. Richland’s Favorite Song (Harry Nilsson) Everybody’s Talkin’ (Harry Nilsson) Gotta Get Up (Harry Nilsson) Without Her (Harry Nilsson) One (Harry Nilsson) Cuddly Toy (Harry Nilsson) 1941 (Harry Nilsson) Without You (Harry Nilsson) Coconut (Harry Nilsson) Don’t Forget Me (Harry Nilsson) The Muppets Theme Song I Don’t Want to Live on the Moon (Sesame Street) When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano (The Ink Spots) Tonight You Belong to Me (Rose & David) Blue Skies (Irving Berlin) Inchworm (Danny Kaye) Oh You Pretty Things (David Bowie) Space Oddity (David Bowie) Ashes to Ashes (David Bowie) Memory of a Free Festival (David Bowie) Dancing in the Dark (Bruce Springsteen) Big Love (Fleetwood Mac) Nude (Radiohead) Everything In Its Right Place (Radiohead) Time (Pink Floyd) Dirty Work (Steely Dan) Right Down the Line (Gerry Rafferty) Gymnopédie No. 1 (Erik Satie) Teenage Dream (Katy Perry) Junk (Paul McCartney) Let Me Roll It (Paul McCartney) Sunny Afternoon (The Kinks) Nobody Does it Better (Carly Simon) Goldfinger (Shirley Bassey)
New babysue review:
"The Great Make Believer is a smart and smooth collection of pensive modern pop sometimes reminiscent of classic artists from the past like Harry Nilsson (the vocals are particularly similar at times)... Ten classic pop tunes here and they all have intelligent winding melodies and way-above-average lyrics. This is one of those albums that will undoubtedly hold up well over time."Check out the whole review HERE.