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Rebecca Pidgeon releases ‘Behind the Velvet Curtain’

May 18, 2008
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REBECCA PIDGEON RELEASES NEW CD BEHIND THE VELVET CURTAIN

 

Singer/Songwriter To Open for Aimee Mann on Friday, June 6th at
House Of Blues in Anaheim, CA
Showtime 8pm
Songs From New CD Included In new David Mamet Movie ‘Redbelt

(Los Angeles, CA)  Singer/songwriter Rebecca Pidgeon will open for singer Aimee Mann on June 6th at the House Of Blues in Anaheim, CA.  The evening will consist of a special acoustic-styled set with regular players, gutarist Willie Aaron (Peter Himmelman) and drummer Debra Dobkin (Shawn Colvin)  For Pidgeon, whose new album Behind The Velvet Curtain pulls back the screen on her alluring vocal style and absorbing songwriting talent, such a coveted live showcase couldn’t come at a better time.  Drawing raves for her fifth studio album, produced by 2008 Grammy winner Larry Klein (Herbie Hancock’s River: The Joni Letters), the provocative artist is beginning to be recognized for her music in the same glowing terms as she is for her much lauded acting career, (she appears in many of writer/director David Mamet’s film, including Redbelt, and acclaimed roles in Heist, The Winslow Boy, and others)

An essential contributor to the authentic motifs that round out Redbelt’s enigmatic sound, Rebecca shines on every track on the new CD, deftly weaving between styles.  There’s the intrigue of “Long Island Poem,” a song crafted from a strained dinner encounter; the Bossa Nova slink of “Dawn,” which she boldly reprises in fluent Portuguese at the end of the album, (titled “Manha),” thanks to a translation by singer Luciana Souza, who also appears with Rebecca on the Brazilian-tinged duet “When You Were Mine.” In between, the singer/actress trades on the softer currents of a voice that manages to sound as confident as it is caressing, including a wistful cover of the Beach Boys classic “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” and two songs co-written by playwright/film director (and Rebecca’s husband) David Mamet.  

After releasing an impressive string of albums in the mid-90s, including the acclaimed New York Girls’ Club and Four Marys, Rebecca and Klein connected in 2002 to begin the rough sketches for Tough On Crime, which was also produced by Larry Klein and released in 2005.

Most recently, another song penned by Pidgeon and Mamet, “Army Brat,” has been embraced by several military spouse bloggers.  A homemade video for the song, shot in Rebecca’s backyard and shot by Mamet, was featured on the online milspouse destination militarywives.com and armywives.com.

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