Bonebridge is cellist Erik Friedlander's new band and it turns to the American South for inspiration. Taking a cue from his teenage passion for The Allman Brothers Band and Johnny Winter, Friedlander brought in slide-guitar player and Memphis native Doug Wamble to share the front line of this new quartet. The music, which blends Southern rock with Erik's New York edge, is inspired by the chemistry between the cello and the slide guitar--the two instruments are kindred spirits when played in this fresh new context. Wamble joins a honed unit as Friedlander, Mike Sarin (drums) and Trevor Dunn (bass) have played together in New York City for years, most recently in the Broken Arm Trio.
"It’s an Americana at once familiar, yet unlike anything heard before, as the musician coaxes his cello into the aural shape of banjos and finger-picked guitars: a truly astounding set." -- Jo-Ann Green, All Music Guide
“Block Ice & Propane is a haunting, sprawling, majestic piece of Americana.” --Fred Kaplan, Stereophile, August 28, 2007
"Erik Friedlander can do things with a cello that should have a reasonable listener fearing for her life," says PitchforkMedia.com, "Rostropovich one second and Rottweiler the next."
Beaufain Street gets its name from Charleston, SC where Friedlander spent a few weeks performing last summer, and where he put the finishing touches on the music for the Bonebridge CD. The tune itself gets its inspiration further south -- a rolling, New Orlean's style groove drives this track as Friedlander and Doug Wamble exchange solos and then bring the tune to a close together with Trevor Dunn on bass and Mike Sarin on drums.
Erik Friedlander (Thursday) Mr. Friedlander, an ingenious cellist who makes an art of soulful rusticity, celebrates the release of "Bonebridge" (Skipstone), his fine and lilting new album, by assembling its complete cast of collaborators: the guitarist Doug Wamble, the bassist Trevor Dunn and the drummer Mike Sarin. At 9:30 p.m., Joe's Pub, at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village , (212) 967-7555, joespub.com; $14. (Chinen)
Josh Jackson introduces my new cd over at NPR's First Listen where you can hear the whole cd (streaming)!
Grayson Currin interview me and gets me to admit, "It's a long-lost infatuation that I finally acted on,"
"The cellist has a knack for creating catchy ditties, and this riff tune picks up extra points because its attendant interplay and pithy soloing makes it richer than it needs to be. Win win, baby." --Jim Macnie