Friday, January 11, 2013
Edie Brickell’s collaboration with Steve Martin marks second odd pairing for Dallas darlings
Give us more odd couples.
We’re sensing a trend here: Dallas-bred female musicians are being snatched up by bigger male musicians for album collaborations.
Case #1: In fall 2010, Talking Heads frontman David Byrne teamed up with Dallas’ Annie Clark of St. Vincent for their unlikely, but oh-so-perfect, album Love This Giant. The pairing caught some off guard since the artists don't appeal to the same fanbase, but the album gained critical acclaim and the quirky pair cemented their partnership with performances on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and The Colbert Report, as well as touring through North America and Australia.
Case #2: Just this week, we learned that comedian and banjo player Steve Martin has had his eyes on Oak Cliff native Edie Brickell (of the New Bohemians fame) for quite some time and managed to snag her usually-private self for an album of collaborations titled Love Has Come For You, set to be released on April 23. Much like the pairing of Clark and Byrne, the musical marriage of Brickell and Martin is odd but will likely result in a popular, interesting compilation.
Clark matched Byrne’s quirkiness and experimentalism. Brickell has a folkiness behind her that can melt nicely with Martin’s love of Americana. We can’t wait to see the pair’s chemistry on stage and what Martin has in store for the promotion of the album. Perhaps he can bring Brickell out of her shell; maybe she’ll push him as a musician.
The unconventional couple will tour sometime in 2013, but expect them to make their rounds on the late night talk show circuit since Martin’s got a lot of clout in that area of the business.
Three's a trend, so who will be the third North Texas musician to be snatched up for an odd pairing? Sarah Jaffe, perhaps?