Clare Burson with special guest Peter Bradley Adams
“Hers is a knowing voice, world-weary like Lucinda Williams’, expressive like Kathleen Edwards’ [and] mysterious like Jolie Holland’s.”
-Fred Mills for Harp Magazine
Of her musical objectives, indie songstress Clare Burson explains, “I’ve always leaned towards poetic simplicity and subtlety in my music—wanting to express as much as I can with the fewest possible words and musical flourishes.” This desire for melodic minimalism is evident in her critically acclaimed releases, THE IN-BETWEEN, IDAHO, and THIEVES, each of which is marked by evocative imagery, subtle metaphor, and effortless harmonies.
Burson builds upon this aesthetic with SILVER AND ASH, her most ambitious project yet. Set for an early 2010 release, SILVER AND ASH is a stunning album of 10 original songs that imagine her grandmother's life in Germany, from her birth in 1919 to her escape in 1938, as well as document Clare’s own struggles with rupture, silence, guilt, empathy, and continuity. The album was produced by Grammy nominated Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Laura Veirs, Bill Frisell), and with the help of her band, Mark Spencer on guitar (Son Volt, Laura Cantrell, Aimee Mann), Tony Leone on drums (Ollabelle, Levon Helm), and Andy Cotton on bass, Burson's lush string arrangements and rich vocals - at times wistful, at times full of desperation, but at all times direct - come together to fill SILVER AND ASH with nostalgia and longing.
Peter Bradley Adams is one half of the duo, eastmountainsouth, signed by Robbie Robertson of The Band to Dreamworks Records in 2002. Peter has since released two solo records and is set to release his third this fall on Sarathan Records. Peter lives in Brooklyn NY.