Seeing great talent is fun, but meeting two great talent in the same show is even better.
Two powerful singer-songwriters, Madeleine Peyroux and Paula Cole, took to the stage on Thursday, October 14 at the Green Music Center, performing some of their most beloved songs.
The duo toured together, each with equal billing. But so far, they haven’t shared the stage at the same time.
âWe each have our own set to sing along to, but I’d love to break that wall and do a song with her,â Cole said in a recent phone interview.
Later that same day, in a separate interview, Peyroux supported the idea.
“It’s the nicest thing Paula could have said,” Peyroux said.
So who knows? By the time they reach Rohnert Park, they can have an elaborate duo.
The two singers met through mutual friends in the music business.
âWe have a similar circle of musician friends,â Peyroux said. âCurrently, we have the same manager. We work more and more with the same people.
If their approaches to music are quite different, they both admit an affinity for jazz. Peyroux and Cole also feel a kinship and the duty to defend women.
âWhen I listen to Paula talk about what interests her, I feel the same,â Peyroux said. âMusically, she is very different from me, much more technically advanced as a singer, much more studied as a musician. I think I could have a better understanding of the blues, because I spent more time on early blues, urban blues, and modern blues.
During this tour, Peyroux celebrates a special reissue of his 2004 album, “Careless Love”, including his rendition of “Dance Me to the End of Love” by Leonard Cohen. When the album was initially released, it drew comparisons with Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Edith Piaf.
Originally from Athens, Georgia, Peyroux grew up in New York and California. When she was 13, Peyroux’s parents divorced and she moved with her mother to Paris. Two years later, she began to sing with street musicians in the Latin Quarter.
She joined a vintage jazz group called the Riverboat Shufflers, then The Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band, with whom she toured in Europe. She sang vintage jazz and blues songs before achieving mainstream success with “Careless Love”.
Peyroux said she felt a special affinity for early 20th century singers, from Bing Crosby to Frank Sinatra to Billie Holiday.
âI like to sing simple things and use my phrasing,â she said. âI think I should only write a song if I can’t find a classic song that says what I’m talking about. “
For his part, Cole performed his 1996 album “This Fire”, including the hits “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” and “I Don’t Want to Wait”, which was the theme song for the hit television series “Dawson’s Creek”.
“Where have all the cowboys gone?” With its slightly sardonic lyrics – “I’m going to wash the dishes / While you’re going to have a beer” – has been hailed as an ironic and ironic study of gender stereotypes by many, but misinterpreted by others as nostalgic and anti-feminist.
Unlike some songwriters who end up feeling that their other work is overshadowed by their greater success, Cole loves the song and thinks audience perception has shifted.
âI think the song is better understood by the younger generation now,â she said. “I love the song. It’s mine. I wrote it.”
However, Cole’s career is more than just one song.
âThe hits were gratifying, but also a little alarming,â she said. âLabels haven’t worked for me, not a label, nickname or genre. I am constantly advancing musically. You have to grow and listen to your inner call.
In 2013, Cole joined the singing faculty at Berklee College of Music and worked there for seven years. She remains involved at Berklee as a guest researcher in performance studies.
Earlier this year, Cole released his 10th studio album, âAmerican Quilt,â performing a selection of classic songs.
Cole feels, like Peyroux, that they are quite different in their performance but that they still have similar musical tastes.
âI also have a deep jazz influence,â said Cole. âMadeleine and I have a lot in common.
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