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Seeker is the latest album from the inspiring and poetic songwriter Brigitte DeMeyer, and releases on March 26, 2021. Her melodies are a deep fusion of jazz and blues. Vocally, Brigitte has a range that effortlessly flows from soulfully sweet with just a hint of sugar to thick and greasy, smothered and covered. There is an easy groove to Seeker, let it be your soundtrack.
The songs within Seeker are a response to moving away from her musical family of friends in Nashville Tennessee to attend to her blood family in San Francisco California. Living in the South, DeMeyer had developed deep roots within the vibrant, artistic, community of like-minded creative people. Making a move back to California was the right move for her family, but would she find her life-blood? Would she find her people? Through the process of creating Seeker, it became clear that her life-blood, her music family, was never far from heart.
For the album, Brigitte DeMeyer surrounded herself with some of her musical family. Jano Rix is her producer. The two have collaborated on two previous albums and there’s a solid chemistry between them. Rix is the masterful pianist to Brigitte’s sultry soulful vocals. Jano Rix is one-third of The Wood Brothers. Long time friends of Brigtte’s, Chris and Oliver Wood contribute upright and electric bass, and electric guitar and harmony vocals respectively. Best friend and godmother to her son, Alfreda McCrary of the McCrary Sisters provides backing and harmony vocals. Viktor Krauss and Ted Pecchio contribute bass. JP Ruggieri and Kris Donegan play guitar. It’s a solid band. Brigitte knew enough to let them do what they do musically, and she just SANG, and does she ever sing.
All of the lyrics on Seeker are written by Brigitte DeMeyer. All of the music is written by Jano Rix and/or Brigitte DeMeyer. Grammy winning producer/recording engineer Trina Shoemaker mixed the album, Brook Sutton engineered the album, and Jim DeMain mastered the album. The opening song, “All The Blue” begins with upright bass. Continues with a soft percussive groove complemented by pedal steel and acoustic guitar. “Cat Man Do” is a hep greasy strut with juke joint piano and slide guitar. “Salt Of The Earth” is a bouncy, infectious, soulful stroll, “some call it itchin’, some call it fleas”, she’s just looking for the salt of the earth. “Louisiana” has a vibe familiar to Brigitte DeMeyers music. It’s a place and sound she revisits often. Perhaps a deep connection to her soul. “Calamity Gone”is a straight forward march. The sixth song is a love song for her husband, the soft acoustic guitar answers her searching question, you don’t have to wonder if you fit in, if somebody loves you, you’re“Already In”. The Jazzy “Ain’t No Mister” is a toe tapper, finger snapper ensemble. “Wishbone” is a different type of searching, bounding back from a low place after an equestrian accident forced Brigitte to be bedridden. The melody is full and rich, obviously resulting from a positive emergence. The rootsy “Seeker” is a prayer for guidance as Brigitte begins a new chapter. The bowed bass is simply divine. “Roots And Wings And Bones” is dedicated to DeMeyers son. The lyric “You can’t help what you do when your roots and wings and bones”, sigh. What parent doesn’t feel exactly this. It paints such a stunning image.
Each and every song on Seeker has its own special mojo. It’s the collective that makes Seeker sing. There’s a vintage quality to Brigitte DeMeyers essence. She’s an old soul with a distinct groove. Like long-lost friends who share an unbreakable bond, they found each other on Seeker. What a wonderful kinship.
- Viola Krouse