Peter Broderick presents an entire album devoted to the songs of Arthur Russell.
It all started when his former Efterklang bandmate Rasmus Stolberg invited Peter to perform at his new festival in Denmark, Summer 2017, with the specific idea that Peter would play an entire set of Arthur Russell songs. As a long-time lover of Arthur’s work, Peter immediately accepted the invitation and began to learn a collection of Russell songs. Stolberg put together a band of Danish musicians to join Broderick on stage, and the festival performance went off without a hitch.
Immediately after, Peter starting receiving invitations from other festivals, asking for the same thing — a full set of Arthur Russell songs. Even Arthur’s long-time partner Tom Lee took notice of these performances of Arthur’s work, and reached out to Peter personally. It wasn’t long before Broderick was invited to examine some of Russell’s remaining archival work, and asked to do some audio restoration work on some of the old tapes.
Peter’s strong love for Arthur’s work grew exponentially as he dove into the psyche of his hero, listening to hours and hours of unreleased material. He discovered that some of his favorite Russell songs have yet to be heard by the masses, and felt inspired to learn some of these tunes himself.
It was only inevitable that Peter would record an album of his own renditions of Arthur’s songs. And what better place to do it than the state of Maine, where most of Arthur’s surviving family are based, and where Broderick himself was born back in 1987. With a large cast of friends and family, including Arthur’s niece Rachel Henry and nephew Beau Lisy, Peter set out to capture his love for Arthur’s music with a diverse collection of 10 songs, two of which have yet to be released in their original versions. Listen to Peter Broderick & Friends Play Arthur Russell!
1. Words Of Love
2. Come To Life
3. I Couldn't Say It To Your Face
4. That's Us/Wild Combination
5. You Can Make Me Feel Bad
6. Ballad Of The Lights
8. Losing My Taste For The Nightlife
9. A Little Lost
10. You Are My Love
All songs written by Charles Arthur Russell Jr.
Download/Vinyl order: prettypurgatory.bandcamp.com/album/peter-broderick-friends-play-arthur-russell