For a video of Blues in the Night from our CD release, click here:
Andrea Canter’s review on Jazz Police: http://www.jazzpolice.com/content/view/11422/68/ Listening to Down and Up With Love goes beyond a feast for the ears but also engages the imagination as do the best storytellers. The only thing missing is the visual component… Maybe it’s that Meyer and Mattson magic at work here! And that magic holds through all twelve tracks. That spell we’re in warrants many repeats.
This from Tom Surowicz in the Star Tribune: Singers are happily still unearthing new songs by Arlen to interpret and underexposed gems to revive. On their intimate new album, Barbara Meyer and nationally renowned pianist and arranger Phil Mattson manage both feats.
Wall of Power Radio Hour interview: http://am950ktnf.podbean.com/e/the-wall-of-power-radio-hour-november-22-2014/
From the Dylan Salute: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGtc6dBkYt8
About Frank Theatre’s Spring 2011 production of Cabaret:
Cabaret is a bigger-than-life story that demands of its players that they excel vocally, execute sharp comedy, and adeptly transition to a movement in its plot that carries the weight of the world on its shoulders. Embodying the role of Fraulein Kost, Barbara was wonderful. She was uproariously funny, sang one of the most beautiful solos of the night, and suddenly carried almost unbearable tragedy in her body language and facial expression. It was a very professional, passionate, and utterly entertaining production. ~John Darlington
About Barbara’s first album:
By Dwight Hobbes , TC Daily Planet, February 17, 2008:
Rockabilly balladeer Barbara Meyer weighs in with strong vocals and fine songwriting, and backs herself on tasty rhythm guitar. Her gig last fall at the Acadia Café was an energized set, so tight it could’ve been recorded as a live album to follow her debut disc Barbara Meyer.
A bit of background: Meyer, who has a Master’s in vocal performance and studied at the University of Iowa, signed on in 1999 with the Twin Cities’ seminal Afro-Cuban rockers One World. The band, as bands tend to do, broke up, giving way to the New Primitives with founder Stan Kipper inviting Meyer to sing on “Bring Me Down,” to this day a crowd-rousing favorite off the album New Primitives. Somewhere along the line, Barbara Meyer decided to go for hers, enlisting Kipper and Rich Mattson to help produce Barbara Meyer.
She threw down stone-cold serious at Acadia Café, backed by Kipper (timbales, backing vocals) and One World cohort, monster bass guitarist Bill Hulett. The set mostly was culled from Barbara Meyer, including “Does It Always Have To Be About You,” “Kick,” and “Louisiana Shuffle.” Each selection drew healthy applause along with a whole lot of hooting and hollering. Even so, the sultry gem “Watering The Dead” was a standout, featuring some of the prettiest cornpone since Roy Orbison. Meyer’s wizened delivery of sharp lyrics over compelling country-rock goes along these lines. “We went to Utah looking for some fun/ Took bikes and camping gear and headed for the sun/ Thought we were ready, but we hadn’t yet begun/ Watering our dead in Moab.” And then there was “Jeep,” a raucous delight bemoaning the death-by-fire of her beloved automobile.
Meyer sang and played like an angel. Her backup burned. You really had to be there for “Wisconsin,” when Meyer broke out, “Wildlife strapped to the back of a car as we drive past the Cheese Chalet/ These are some of the sights to see on the Wisconsin motorway/ Ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby, and that’s what you get here/ Hearts on sleeves in every corner of the state and lots of cheese and beer.” The song’s chanted chorus goes, “Wisconsin, you got the Packers and the Dells/ Wisconsin is where the Heartland swells/ And everybody loves their neighbor so well.” The song’s a bluegrass-jug-band-spawned goodtime jam.