Richard BaroneSorrows & Promises
While Top-40 hit songs were being churned out uptown in the Brill Building and at 1650 Broadway, the downtown writers were weaving folk, blues, R&B and rock into songs that five decades later still sound fresh and inventive. Richard’s choices cover a broad range of writers, from Buddy Holly, who was living and demoing songs in his Greenwich Village apartment just before he died, to up-and-comers like Paul Simon, John Sebastian (of the Lovin’ Spoonful) and James Taylor (of The Flying Machine), to the artists redefining folk music -- Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Tim Hardin, Fred Neil -- for a new generation. Sorrows and Promises revisits and re-imagines these songs that were a vital contribution to the American Songbook, treating them like the modern standards they are. Richard Barone is uniquely qualified to reinterpret these ‘60s classics; throughout his career, first with The Bongos and then as a solo artist, his work has shown the influence of the pop, rock and folk singer-songwriters who lived and worked in the Village neighborhood where Richard has lived since the mid-1980s. The album features an all-star line-up of guest musicians and vocalists including John Sebastian, Dion, Allison Moorer, Nellie McKay, David Amram, Jenni Muldaur, and The Kennedys.
The album was produced by Steve Addabbo, who has a strong creative connection to the music being revisited on the project. Among his many credits as a producer, engineer and musician are albums by Bob Dylan, Suzanne Vega, Jeff Buckley, and Eric Andersen.
Also contributing to the album was Mitchell Cohen, a long-time music writer and A&R executive (Arista, Columbia and Verve) who suggested the concept to Richard and worked with him on selecting the material.
Ship To Shore PhonoCo's special edition vinyl release will feature a jam-packed download card containing: a high-quality 320kb MP3 version of the album, alternate acoustic arrangements of "Close The Door Lightly When You Go" and "Sunday Morning," Mitchell Cohen's essay "Sorrows and Promises and Songs of Freedom," the official "Bleecker Street" music video, exclusive behind-the-scenes photographs, complete album credits, the Pledge Music "Sorrows & Promises" album video preview, and the "Freewheelin' Sorrows & Promises" Podcast parts 1 & 2 featuring a lively discussion about Greenwich Village in the 1960s by Richard Barone and Mitchell Cohen.