Grammy Award-winner Marc Cohn is best known for his song "Walking In Memphis" along with "Silver Thunderbird" and "True Companion" off his self-titled debut album. A natural storyteller, he combines the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. His current album "Listening Booth: 1970 " is his take on classics like "Wild World," "The Tears of a Clown," "The Letter," and "Maybe I'm Amazed". As Cohn reflects, “It seemed like such a natural progression for me to do a record like this because, if you’ve been following my records from my first single, I have been paying tribute to musicians through my writing all along, from Al Green to Elvis to Levon Helm to Charlie Christian, It’s really been a touchstone for me. Now I’m just repaying a debt of gratitude to the artists who’ve changed my life and taught me how to do what I do.”

Rebecca Pidgeon

She's been recording albums for more than 20 years, but Rebecca Pidgeon had a creative breakthrough as she began working on the music for "Slingshot," her compelling sixth solo effort.

"I reached a point where I had to really make a 100% commitment to it, instead of saying this is something I do that's not acting," says Pidgeon."I had to own it"

Pidgeon does, indeed, "own it" on "Slingshot," an intoxicatingly adult pop album that explores the arc of love from desire to longing to despair. "I love the concept 'slingshot.' It's such an unusual word to have in a love song," she says of the title track: "'I'm the rock and you're the slingshot and you sling me into the realm of joy'."

Other standouts include the yearning "Sweet Hand of Mercy," that recalls Joan Osborne; the electric, driving "Disintegration Man," the jazzy, noir-ish "A Lonely Place," and the plaintive "Baby Please Come Home."

The deeply melodic "Slingshot" marks the third time Pidgeon and Grammy-winning producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Madeleine Peyroux, Herbie Hancock) have collaborated. The two made an often intentionally quiet album that compellingly beckons the listener to lean in and pay attention. "There's simplicity and air and space to it," she says. "That was a conscious decision."

In fact, Pidgeon wrote 35 songs for "Slingshot," more than she has ever written for an album before. Working primarily with Klein and David Batteau on the "kernel of the record," Pidgeon also wrote with Timothy Bracy and acclaimed singer/songwriter, Freedy Johnston including the deceptively jaunty, upbeat "I Love No One." "I loved writing with Freedy," she says. "We [both] tend to like stories about being rather bleak. It seems more interesting."

There were some realizations along the way. On swampy "Disintegration Man," Pidgeon and Klein set out to make "a basic, dumb rock song," before realizing it's not as easy as it seems, Pidgeon laughs. "Since I've been learning guitar theory, I've been looking at all these rock stars who have their tattoos and drugs and I'm like, 'You don't kid me! You sat in your room as a teen for hours and hours practicing your scales'."

"Slingshot" includes a co-production between Pidgeon and her husband, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright/film director David Mamet. The aching, largely a cappella "Baby Please Come Home" showcases Pidgeon's vulnerable, intimate vocals. "It's a humbling experience writing with my husband", she said, "But he's good looking so I subject myself to it".

The lone cover on the set is a stirring, poignant version of Warren Zevon's "Searching For A Heart." The chord progression first attracted Pidgeon. "Then I was drawn in by the lyrics. It's so enigmatic," she says. "It sounds like it's sparse, but it's so complex. Every time I sing the song, I get something different out of it".

Throughout the summer and fall of 2011, Pidgeon has headlined Wine, Women & Song, a series of concerts that take place at female-run vineyards coordinated by wine company Women of the Vine. "These women are entrepreneurs and artists", she says. "The concerts with the wine tastings have been very lovely."

Pidgeon has also shared stages with such artists as Aimee Mann, Madeleine Peyroux, Jeffrey Gaines, Peter Himmelman, and Keb Mo, and joined founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young at the 2011 edition of Farm Aid, Aug. 13.

She looks forward to performing selections from "Slingshot" live, though as mother of a 12-year and 16-year old, she limits her time away from her Los Angeles home. "I [tour] in bursts", she said. " I do it for a week or two and then I have to get back. I'm not away for six months."

The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts graduate continues to juggle her musical efforts with her extremely successful acting career. She recently appeared in the film "Red," alongside Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman. Up next is an HBO film about record producer Phil Spector and his recent murder trial. Pidgeon stars with Al Pacino and Helen Mirren in the film directed and written by Mamet. And she, of course, is the voice of "The Pear" in the hugely successful webisodes, "Home Grown."

Marc Cohn Menu

Crab Biscuits $8
Baked swiss & onion crab dip on butter biscuits topped with a citrus aioli

Beef Empanadas $8
Braised short rib & cilantro empanadas served with sweet corn guacamole

Scallop Encroute $10
Butter poached scallops layered with chorizo, wild mushrooms & sautéed arugula wrapped in puff pastry - served with a sweet corn sauce

Garlic Hummus $11
Served with crispy flatbreads, kalamata olives, marinated artichokes, roasted red peppers, baby carrots, cucumber & grilled pita

Baked Clams $10
Fresh Rhode Island clams stuffed with a savory lemon pancetta stuffing & drizzled with browned butter

House Salad $9
Mixed greens, chickpeas, cucumber, enoki mushrooms, red onion & grape tomatoes tossed with aged balsamic vinaigrette

Caesar Salad $9
Crisp romaine lettuce, sun-dried tomatoes, brioche croutons & grated parmesan with a creamy caesar dressing

WCL Burger $12
Grilled angus beef topped with bourbon bacon, applewood smoked cheddar, shredded iceberg lettuce, tomato & red onion on a croissant bun - Served with french fries

Braised Pork Sandwich 12
Shredded braised pork shoulder with barbeque sauce, balsamic onion jam & buttermilk coleslaw on a challah bun - Served with french fries

Roasted Artichoke Sandwich 10
Garlic & lemon roasted artichokes, mixed greens & dill infused yogurt on naan bread - Served with french fries

Korean Tofu $14
Sesame chili glazed crispy tofu over spicy pickled cabbage & purple short grain rice

Duck Confit $16
Slow cooked maple glazed duck thigh served with a butternut squash risotto cake & roasted cauliflower puree

Dry Aged Strip Steak $25
28 day dry-aged strip steak served with a pearl onion jam, whipped boursin mashed potatoes & baby brussels sprouts with crispy prosciutto & browned butter

$30.00

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Thursday, January 23 · Doors 6:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM at World Cafe Live - Wilmington