2 Tucson acts, France's Marianne Dissard + preacher's son
on a Tour d'Arizona with Clay Koweek on guitar and Arthur
Vint on drums
Thursday August 14th, 2008
6 to 8pm
9pm to 12am
w/ Lonna Kelley
French pop from Tucson, Arizona. MARIANNE DISSARD sings her
French lyrics with musics written by Joey Burns of Calexico and by
Naim Amor. Her first album, produced by Burns, is due out for
release in September 2008 and features Joey Burns, Rob Burger (Tin
Hat Trio, Laurie Anderson), John Convertino (Calexico), Mickey
Raphael (Willie Nelson), Naïm Amor and a score of Tucson
collaborators. Desert chanson?
"Her work has a lovely, mournful lilt, a sort of Parisian
blues. Even those of us who don't speak French cannot help but be
touched by the stark beauty of her phrasing." LA Weekly - "Polished
and thoughtful, French and sultry, smoky, beautiful and sad" -
WILL ELLIOTT has made quite a name for himself in a town that
is no stranger to superior songwriting. After the release of A
Devil's Drought in 2006, Will won the Tucson Weekly's Critics
Choice Award for Best Song Writer. Too traditional to fall into the
freak-folk camp, but just a bit too oddball to be considered
traditional folk, Will Elliott's songs occupy their own glorious
little spot in the universe. Faux-folk?
Tucson musical mainstays Marianne Dissard, Will Elliott and
Clay Koweek met as three of the original cobayes of the first
TucsonScene.Com SXSW experiment in 2007. I think they still managed
to like each other well enough after that, despite the zaniness of
the stunt. Arthur Vint was part of it too, before he escaped to
music school in New Jersey.
A year ago, Will Elliott and his guitarist Clay Koweek
released their album, "Beat A Dead Horse". They left town right
after that to spend six months on an enchanted island off the coast
of Maine and haven't played in Tucson since.
Last summer, Marianne started playing live with Matt Mitchell
in Tucson and working on her first album with Joey Burns. She also
managed to get kicked out of Canada while attempting to sneak
across the border then-underage Arthur Vint to tour as her drummer.
Then, sometimes in the winter 08, Will and Clay were rumored
to be back in Tucson. Was it Will who ran into Marianne at some
cafe or did she bump into Clay on some sidewalk? - how these things
can not not happen in that 'burb! ?
Fast-forward to summer 2008: Marianne, Will, Clay and Arthur
tour Arizona. Marianne will sing her songs, from that first album,
the one composed by both Joey Burns and Naïm Amor, with Clay Koweek
on guitar and Will Elliott on backup vocals and slide guitar.
Arthur and Clay will also play for Will Elliott, who shares the
bill with Marianne on this Tour d'Arizona.
Desert chanson? Faux-folk? You tell me.