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Edie Brickell & New Bohemians


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

Folk-rock/pop

Status:

Most recent release, Stranger Things (2006)

See also:

Edie Brickell's site

New Bohemian's site

Edie Brickell's solo Ectoguide page

Comparisons:

Maybe like a cheerier, quirkier 10,000 Maniacs. (JoAnn Whetsell)

Covers/own material:

Own

Recommended first album:

Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars

Recordings:


Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars

Release info:

1988—Geffen—9 24192-2

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Edie Brickell—vocals
Kenny Withrow—guitars
Brad Houser—bass
John Bush—percussion

Guest artists:

Chris Whitton—drums
Brandon Aly—additional drums
Wix—keyboards
Robbie Blunt—additional guitars
John Henry—background vocals

Produced by:

Pat Moran

Comments:

Shooting Rubberbands beats the socks off the second one. (meth@smoe.org)

18 years later, it's as fresh and charming as when it was first released. Most people are probably familiar with the single "What I Am," and if you like that song, you should check out the whole album. It's a gem. (JoAnn Whetsell)


Ghost of a Dog

Release info:

1990—Geffen Records—9 24304-2

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Recommended for fans

Group members:

Edie Brickell—acoustic guitar, vocals
Kenny Withrow—acoustic guitar, electric guitar, dobro, slide, background vocals
Wes Burt-Martin—acoustic guitar, electric guitar, background vocals, string arrangement
Brad Houser—basses
John Bush—percussion
Matt Chamberlain—drums

Guest artists:

Tony Berg—additional guitars, keyboard, string arrangement
Paul Fox—keyboard
Danny Timms—piano (1)
Jo-el Sonnier—accordion (3)
Wix—keyboard (8)
David Mansfield—acoustic guitar (8)
John Lydon—background vocal (8)
Sid Page—violin (9)
Novi Novog—viola (9)
Larry Corbett—cello (9)

Produced by:

Tony Berg

Comments:

An okay album, but even its best songs are just okay. Not nearly as charming or memorable as Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars. (JoAnn Whetsell)

Stranger Things

Release info:

2006—Fantasy Records—FCD-30030-2

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Edie Brickell—lead vocals, electric guitar on "Wear You Down"
Kenny Withrow—electric, acoustic & slide guitars, backup vocals
Brad Houser—basses 4 & 5, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone
Carter Albrecht—keys, guitars, harmonica, backup vocals
Brandon Aly—drums
John Bush—percussion
Bryce Goggin & Adam Sacks—backup vocals on "No Dinero"

Produced by:

Bryce Goggin, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians

Comments:

For a band that hasn't recorded an album in 16 years, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians sound amazingly well-connected. Stranger Things isn't really like Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars, but it seems a natural follow-up, far more so than Ghost of a Dog did. Maybe because this effort reflects the band being themselves. It's more adult, more varied in style, and in places still quite fun. I hope this is a new beginning for the band and not just a one-time reunion project. But even if it is, it's one to be thankful for. (JoAnn Whetsell)


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