Holley Bendtsen & Amasa Miller – Our Songs (CD)


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SKU: 88450132173 Categories: , ,


Release Date: 2010

Label: Threadhead Records


Track List

  1. Providence Privides
  2. The Healing
  3. Creole Moon
  4. Don’t Get Caught
  5. Dr. John
  6. Second Line Tango
  7. Together Someday
  8. Birthday Song
  9. You Resurrected My Heart
  10. Ode To The Road
  11. The Weather
  12. Down At The Jazzfest
  13. Laissez Faire
  14. Everybody Needs A Good Song
  15. Mississippi



Holley Bendtsen and Amasa Miller’s “Our Songs” is an album-length story about the duo’s shared history in New Orleans music. It’s quite a history. They’re best known for their work with the Pfister Sisters and the Charmaine Neville Band, but during their careers they’ve recorded and performed with a wide variety of local and national acts. This recording, though, puts their own work front and center in a way that’s new to their catalog. It’s a collection of, well, their songs: original compositions, many of which grew in the New Orleans Songwriters’ Workshop, which they founded. “Our Songs” follows the arc of a professionals’ workshop, or of an all-night, all-star, jam session. Plenty of Bendtsen and Miller’s friends and colleagues stop by for a tune or two, and the album draws on a wide stylistic spectrum, from cabaret to trad-jazz to country-western to what it calls “Second Line Tango.” It opens with “Providence Provides,” a tribute to James Booker in the poetic story-song style of Small Change-era Tom Waits. “Creole Moon” turns loose a traditional marching band—Gerald French, Charlie Miller, Rick Trolsen, Tom Fischer, and Jon Gross—on a song about the Crescent City that we’d all better get ready to get used to; it sounds like Randy Newman forgot to put it on The Frog Princess soundtrack. And “Dr. John” is what it sounds like: a paean to the man himself, in his style. What it loses in continuity to such an embrace of multiplicity “Our Songs” gains back—in spades—in the pleasure Bendtsen and Miller take in being New Orleans musicians who play New Orleans music. “Our Songs” is so ingrained in the city’s tradition and history, and vice versa, that the material feels as familiar as it is fresh. – Jacob Leland, Off Beat (01 July 2010)



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