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Twenty eight years after their T-Bone Burnett produced debut Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams led them to win a Rolling Stone reader’s poll as “Best New American Band,” The BoDeans are still rocking and harmonizing gracefully, touring the U.S. regularly and exposing the kids of their longtime steadfast fans to real, heartfelt and trend-free music. “I’ve always thought of the BoDeans as a truly American band,” says Kurt Neumann, the founder, primary writer and frontman of the veteran Milwaukee-based group. “We were blue-collar kids straight out of the heartland—how could we be anything else? ‘Roots rock’ was a label I fought when I was younger, but I came to realize that if by ‘roots’ you meant blues, rock, country and soul all slammed together into one sound, then I’d say yes—that is the sound of American-made music.”
Clarence Bucaro’s Pendulum, the new album from the Brooklyn-based singer songwriter, is a vivid set of new compositions combining beautiful craftsmanship with heartfelt intimacy. The 10 song set of original material features a blend of emotionally honest lyrics delivered by Bucaro’s distinctive baritone with a rousing melodic sensibility performed live with a unique group of players.
Co-produced with noted vet Tom Schick (Wilco, Ryan Adams) and showcasing Bucaro’s characteristically openhearted lyrics, the compelling new album features songs like the hypnotic “Pendulum,” the breezy “Girl in the Photograph” and the achingly beautiful ballad “Tragedy.” The set also features a duet with velvet voiced alt country singer Allison Moorer on their co-written “Strangers.”
As a seasoned songwriter, Clarence’s storytelling has never been more thoughtful, and yet it retains a refreshing feeling of spontaneity. Whether from writing fiction or devouring and absorbing literature (Bucaro cites both as major inspirations to his songwriting, second only to life experience) the songs rich influences can be keenly felt. Bucaro, a Cleveland Ohio native, spent periods residing in New Orleans and Los Angeles before settling in Brooklyn, NY. With years of touring history under his belt and nine studio albums, Bucaro has delivered his most diverse and mature album to date in Pendulum, a collection that feels both timeless and fresh.