BRIGITTE DeMEYER Prepares to Release 'Savannah Road' 4/29
The acclaimed singer/songwriter is now ready to share a new batch of stories--inspired by the inimitable spirit of the South--with the release her new album SAVANNAH ROAD, out Tuesday, April 29 on indie label BDM Music, with distribution by The Royal Potato Family/RED Distribution. The 13 songs on SAVANNAH ROAD reel you in after the first note, and then there's the immediately alluring sound of BRIGITTE's voice--smooth, soulful and warm. SAVANNAH ROAD is raw, stripped down and the lyrics read like a novel about life, love, yearning and mystery.
"Savannah Road is probably closest to the sound I've been looking for my whole life," explains BRIGITTE of her sixth album. "It came about organically. It wasn't forced. It is stripped down and spare. You can hear my voice better, and in turn, the lyrics and stories better. It's more intimate. More pure."
BRIGITTE recorded the majority of the album in her own home studio and, for the first time in her career, she self-produced the collection as well. Longtime friend and previous producer Brady Blade lent drums and percussion to various tracks, as well as his highly regarded opinion. "He basically stayed at my house, and gave me feedback when I asked for it," sharesBRIGITTE. "He's great because he's not afraid of anything musically. It rubs off...makes you feel like you can do anything. I love that about Brady. He's my brother. I'm his sister." BRIGITTE also brought in acclaimed engineer David Z (Prince, Etta James, Johnny Lang) and assistant engineer Sean Sullivan to help elevate the production.
Besides her environment influencing the sound on SAVANNAH ROAD, her frequent collaborator and songwriting partner Will Kimbrough plays a part in what makes BRIGITTE's music erupt with its soul and truth. "Will and I have strong musical chemistry; I discovered that on my first recording project with him," BRIGITTE shares. "I could describe a sound I wanted and he'd play it. We've been writing together now for over two years. There's a comfort level that's grown with Will that's essential to good songwriting for me. We have a connection. We anticipate what the other is going to do and play off it. It's hard to describe a vibe between folks, but, in a nutshell, we click."
"There's something sparkly about each song," BRIGITTE says about the story told by SAVANNAH ROAD. The title track is inspired by Gregg Allman's book My Cross to Bear. The celebrated musician's biography was BRIGITTE's companion and took her in all these different, musical and emotional directions. It helped her feel connected to him, Georgia, the South, and in the process, connected to herself. "Boy's Got Soul" is a beautiful anecdote about finding someone who possesses or moves you unexpectedly, in which she uses the term "scrapyard lullabies" (a Chris Whitley reference) over smooth, yet haunting guitar strums. "Home Ground" is a poignant, soulful adventure about finding that special place where you can be free. However, it's"Build Me A Fire" where Brigitte's storytelling mastery really comes to life. It's a personal story, an ode her to the hardships her mother had to overcome during the Second World War. SAVANNAH ROAD is teeming with elements of melancholy, longing, and most of all, each track brings its own little piece of the South.