Check out my new video for I Don’t Want to Know, a song from Isabel & The Uncommons’ newly released album, Hearts and Arrows.
I wanted to thank everyone who came out to Hugh’s Room on Wednesday, November 12th for the Isabel & The Uncommons CD release party. It was such a magical and fun night! The room was packed! The band rocked! Steve Briggs, on electric guitar, entertained the crowd with cool licks and hot riffs. Don Kerr, on drums, kept far more than the beat — poised at the very heart of each song. Classic bassist, Dennis Pendrith, laid down the groove, as divine as ever, an absolute pleasure to have on stage and play with. Rosalyn Dennett’s sweet soulful harmonies, fiddle playing and banjo brought ever so much to the sound. And, adding to this already tasty mix, was the multi-talented Dave Matheson on piano and acoustic guitar. Then, to top it all off, Rebecca Campbell provided imaginative harmonies and additional percussion. What more can I say? The Uncommons and guests were “uncommonly” good!
I have to confess that, on the day of the performance, I was feeling, well, a bit nervous. But once I got up on the stage, and started playing with the band, I felt their shared energy, along with the love projected by all those who had come out to hear us. It was thus easy for me to open my heart and sing my songs with unabashed freedom. It seemed perfect to end the evening with a cover of the Everly Brothers’ “Long Time Gone,” performing a duet with the talented Erika Werry whom I was so happy to have invited to open the show.
My good friend, Lori Whelan, captured the evening, taking some great photos, which I’ve posted on Facebook and my website, and videographer, James McGee from The View from the Corner Stool also took a couple of videos and uploaded them onto YouTube for me to share.
If you haven’t bought a CD yet, you can now purchase your own copy of Hearts and Arrows online via my website or via the Isabel Fryszberg Music page on Facebook. It’s also available on CD baby and Bandcamp. I’m delighted and honoured to say that it’s gotten some great reviews, and some colleagues in the biz have also made glowing comments.
Hey, for those who missed the launch, check out my tracks for yourself on my new CBC website page and put Isabel & The Uncommons on your favorite playlist. And please stay tuned, folks! I will be listing future gigs soon!
Welcome to my brand new website. I’m very excited about it, because I can now easily share my latest news with you—the upcoming launch of my first solo debut album. It’s all original songs and I’ve been enthusiastically working on it over the past year. Called Hearts and Arrows, it’s passionate, and inspired by, what else, but love: love that’s become expired, broken or lost. Even though it’s my first solo album, I don’t feel like I’m on my own since I’ve been collaborating with my dream band, which I’ve named The Uncommons. The band includes Don Kerr (Ron Sexsmith, Rheostatics), Steve Briggs (Russell DeCarle, Quartette, Michael Brennan) and Dennis Pendrith (Stuart Mclean’s Vinyl Cafe, Bruce Cockburn, Mose Scarlett), along with Rosalyn Dennett (The Living Daylight Stringband, Oh My Darling) and some extra special guests.
The process of recording has been a pure blast from the start, full of creative twists and surprises. Let me tell you, for example, about the working up of: “I Don’t Wanna Know.” When I originally wrote this song, I thought I had a clear idea of how it was going to go. Don Kerr, who is producing as well as playing drums, came up with something a little different. He suggested that I sing the song as a torch singer, without playing rhythm guitar. He then dreamed up a pulsing tango beat. Steve Briggs, who can play anything on the guitar masterfully, then added an unexpected electric Western riff, and Dennis Pendrith held it steady with a velvet bass line. Not yet completely satisfied, Steve also had this crazy cool idea of laying in a Jerry Lee Lewis /Bo Diddley beat.
Singing over this arrangement inspired me to really dance with my voice. And as we finalized the mix just last week, we came up with another last-minute inspiration: to add in the slinky, scraping sound of the guiro.
So, what I really wanna tell you is: the instrumental tracks on this album are hot!
But don’t just take my word for it. Have a listen here to “I Don’t Wanna Know” and a couple of other tracks. And stay tuned for more as I update you on my progress of finishing up the 12 original songs, designing the cover, shooting a video, plus a whole bunch of other details.
Last, but not least, be sure to mark your calendars with the date of Hearts and Arrows’ CD launch party that will take place on November 12, 2014!!!