Sea Cliff, American singer-songwriter based in New York Roger Friedman Street is set to hit the studio in March and April to work on new music with Grammy Award-winning Larry Campbell (Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble, Bob Dylan’s Never Ending Tour) producing songs for the upcoming album. by Friedmann. Settling into Friedman’s home studio, The Playroom, Campbell and Friedman will be joined by Friedman’s band to record an album of new folk/Americana songs that Friedman has been writing over the past two years during the pandemic. Always the storyteller, Friedman’s new songs range, by theme, from social commentary to love, loss, and the songwriting process itself.
“My band and I are very excited to be working with Larry on this next project,” Friedman said. “Working with him on my 2020 release, Rise, has been the highlight of my musical life to date. He brings his decades of experience and exudes a level of musicianship that adds incredible depth to the material, while always being service to the song. As a producer, he also has a way of putting everyone at ease and getting the best out of the players. Larry will also play multiple instruments on the album including guitars, pedal steel and violin. Watching him play is like a master class in musicality. I can’t wait to work with him again!”
Campbell echoed Friedman’s eager anticipation of the upcoming recording session. “I’m very excited to be back in the studio with Roger next March,” Campbell said. “The only problem now is that he has too many good songs to fit into a 45-minute record. That’s a good problem to have. As a producer, my main job is to understand and help an artist realize their creative vision from the seeds of their inspiration. Roger gives me really fertile ground; he is truly a gifted songwriter, with thoughtful lyrics and a great sense of melody. After working with him on his latest album, Rise, I feel like he and I have developed a symbiotic musical and personal chemistry, and this project will be just what we need to get us through the last dark days of winter.
The new album will follow hot on the heels of the release of Friedman’s 2021 EP, Come What May. The EP featured co-production on Campbell’s title track, with Friedman playing the bulk of the instruments, as well as recording, producing and mixing the other songs on the EP.
Prior to Come What May, Friedman released two singles in the fall of 2020: “Poison in the Cut” (September 2020) and “Carry Me (Acoustic) feat. Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams and Lucy Kaplansky” (October 2020). 2020 has been a busy year for new music from Friedman; earlier in 2020, he released the aforementioned album, Rise, which was produced by Campbell. The American songwriter praised the “balance of arrangements and polished production,” while Goldmine magazine called it “sumptuous… [with] touching musical vignettes… Inspiring and infectious… striking and seductive… It’s the culmination of a career that has seen his reputation elevated to the upper strata of today’s most cohesive American artists. American Blues Scene loved Friedman’s “honest and vulnerable songwriting which won praise everywhere”, and Americana UK espoused “the excellent songcraft”, calling it “delicate and beautiful”.
The award-winning singer-songwriter has consistently released honest, vulnerable songs that have earned Friedman accolades everywhere from USA Today to No Depression — reflective vignettes reminiscent of the singer-songwriter lore of Marc Cohn and Robbie Robertson , on a mix of folk-rock, progressive Americana and R&B soul. Friedman was bitten by the music bug early on, learning to write songs and even developing his studio engineering skills. It was a hobby, however, until a combination of events – the death of his father and mother, his marriage and, later, the birth of his two children – brought Friedman back to life. music, leading to 2014’s acclaimed debut album The Waiting Sky, and 2017’s Shoot The Moon, which reached No. 2 on Roots Music Report’s Americana Country Albums Chart and spent 25 weeks in the top 20.