Wednesday, November 25, 2015

LOCAL REVIEW: Jeremy Simmons' "Pie in the Sky"

Posted By on Wed, Nov 25, 2015 at 12:30 PM

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Jeremy Simmons – “Pie in the Sky”

Perhaps it’s inevitable that an album that took 15 years to record would be timeless. Since the turn of the century Jeremy Simnons has been putting together “Pie in the Sky.” There are tracks laid down in different styles, in different studios, with different musicians. What could have been a hodgepodge is unified by Simmons’ cheerful, individualistic perspective.

Describing it results in the usual pretentious, incomprehensible, Pitchfork word salad: it’s blue-eyed soul meets Steely Dan meets Zappa-tinged funk on a midnight corner on Cary Street. In more everyday terms, it is a record that sounds a bit like a lot of things, but most of all like itself. And it is a credit to the local scene.

The production encompasses a pretty spectacular group of local musicians: DJ Williams on guitar, along with Andrew Rapisarda and Dan Sesseler. Kevin Simpson and JC Kuhl on horns. Jeremy’s brother Dusty Simmons, Kelly Strawbridge and Corey Fonville are featured on on drums. Sam Reed, Chelsea Temple and Buttafly Vasquez as backup singers? That alone is worth the price of admission. And these are only some of the players.

You can’t have a labor of love without love, and at the center of it all is one of the most lovable players on the local scene. In the videos of the recording sessions Simmons is either talking about how wonderful everyone else is or fixing up something up for everybody to eat in his Elephant Ears studio kitchen.

There are so many shots of delicious-looking homemade dishes that the food seems like a metaphor for the project. Have you ever had anything like this before? Maybe, but you haven’t exactly had this. It’s tasty now, and like all good home cooking, it’s even better the second time around.

CD Release party at Cary Street Café on Friday, Nov. 27 at 9PM. Special Guests: Kenneka Cook & Jordan Tarrant 21+ $7

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