It used to be a cool and fairly commonplace tradition. One superb singer in love with the gorgeous, sad or quirky work of one sensationally gifted songwriter, would make an album devoted to that tunesmith’s oeuvre. Hillary Bratton, a singer as technically aware as she is emotionally acute, is getting ready to release Tears On My Pillow But The Rest Of The Bed’s Ok. This haunting album, is a carefully chosen collection of songs written by Barry Reynolds. Reynolds is best known for the songs he’s written for Marianne Faithfull, as well as Grace Jones (Nightclubbing, Living My Life), Antony & the Johnsons, Brazilian Girls, Baaba Maal, Neville Brothers and a list that goes on and on.
Hillary, originally from Los Angeles, has a style that’s chill and stoic, has clearly picked up a few tricks in the eight years she lived in New York City and the two she spent in Paris. She makes no bones about the main reason she recorded ‘Tears On My Pillow.’ She saw Marianne perform at the Bottom Line and when she heard the song “Guilt”, she knew that it had to have been written by Barry. She knew that she had to meet him and hopefully work with him, his work had become her musical true north, her guiding star.
“I wanted to make an album, but it was Barry’s songs that were the impetus,” says Bratton. “I wanted to share these songs that I had fallen in love with and for people to know what a great songwriter he is. It’s the only album comprised entirely of his songs”.
The producers who helmed ‘Tears On My Pillow,’ and the musicians who played on it, are some of the most accomplished people in the rock and pop world. Drummer Anton Fier, best known as the founder of the indie supergroup the Golden Palominos and as an early member of The Feelies and The Lounge Lizards, produced and played on half of the songs in New York. Tony Berg (Andrew Bird, Blake Mills, Ozomatli) produced the other half in Los Angeles. Tony Berg and Anton Fier both played on the record along with Barry Reynolds on guitar and is joined by other well-known musicians including Irwin Fisch, Tony Scherr, Sebastian Steinberg, Michael Urbano and Patrick Warren. The record was mixed by legendary engineer Bob Clearmountain and mastered by the equally legendary Bob Ludwig.
See hillarybratton.com Album page for full list credits.
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