2016 marks Madeleine Peyrouxs twentieth anniversary as a recording artist with the release of Secular Hymns, a spirited and soulful masterwork of loping, skipping, sassy, feisty and sexy tunes delivered in a captivating melange of funk, blues and jazz.
With her trio that had been touring together for two years electric guitarist Jon Herington and upright bassist Barak Mori Peyroux set out to record in a live setting a collection of songs that have their own hymn-like stories of self-awareness and inner dialogue, a communal consciousness and a spiritual essence.
Music has been our spiritual life, she says. So I think of these as hymns, secular hymns songs that are very individual, personal, introverted.
Madeleine Peyroux intimately renders tunes by seminal blues artists (two penned by Willie Dixon and one by Lil Green), the classic gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the under-the-radar dub star Linton Kwesi Johnson, three renowned contemporary composers (Tom Waits, Townes Van Zandt, Allen Toussaint), the 19th century composer Stephen Foster (considered to be the first great songwriter in America) and ending with a traditional African-American spiritual.
1. Got You on My Mind (Willie Dixon)
2. Tango Till They re Sore (Tom Waits)
3. The Highway Kind (Townes Van Zandt)
4. Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky (Allen Toussaint)
5. If The Sea Was Whiskey (Willie Dixon)
6. Hard Times Come Again No More (Stephen Foster)
7. Hello Babe (Kansas Joe McCoy / Lil Green)
8. More Time (Linton Kwesi Johnson)
9. Shout Sister Shout (Sister Rosetta Tharpe)
10. Trampin (Traditional)