Looking For Elvis & Town Called Heartbreak
Play It As It Lays will be released on September 4th and is the first album of new music from Patti Scialfa since the release of her critically acclaimed '23rd Street Lullaby' in 2004.
'Play It As It Lays' premieres 10 new songs, written and performed by Patti Scialfa, showcasing the artist's soulful command of melody and language in a series of expressive and intimate musical narratives incorporating elements of roots rock, folk, country, street corner doo-wop, girl groups and more into a sound and sensibility uniquely her own.
Tracks on 'Play It As It Lays' include: 'Looking For Elvis,' 'Like Any Woman Would,' 'Town Called Heartbreak,' Play Around,' 'Rainy Day Man,' 'The Word,' 'Bad For You,' 'Run, Run, Run,' 'Play It As It Lays,' and 'Black Ladder.'
The album is produced by Patti Scialfa, Steve Jordan (Patti's co-producer on '23rd Street Lullaby,' Jordan served as musical director for the PBS series 'Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues' and has produced albums by Keith Richards, John Mayer, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and others), and Ron Aniello (Lifehouse, Guster, Barenaked Ladies).
'Play It As It Lays' features Patti (vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo, Wurlitzer organ) backed by the 'Whack Brothers' Rhythm Section: Clifford Carter (keyboards), Steve Jordon. (drums and percussion, acoustic guitar), Nils Lofgren (guitars, pedal steel guitar, dobro), Bruce Springsteen (Hammond B3 organ, acoustic guitars, electric guitar, harmonica) and Willie Weeks (bass). Additional players on the album include co-producer Ron Aniello (guitar, keyboards), Crusher Bennet (percussion), Jeremy Chatzky (bass), Mark Stewart (cello, guitar, banjo), Scott Tibbs (synthesized strings), and Soozie Tyrell (violin, background vocals), with whom Patti gigged back in her early musical busking days. Other background vocals are provided by Lisa Lowell, Michelle Moore, Cindy Mizelle and Curtis King.
Each of Patti Scialfa's previous solo albums - 'Rumble Doll' (1993) and '23rd Street Lullaby' (2004) - received four-star reviews in Rolling Stone magazine who praised her '...clear-eyed joyfulness and unpretentious appeal...(evoking)...a woman not haunted by her past but enriched by it.'
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