Singer Edie Brickell resurfaces with two albums

Wed Dec 29, 2010 5:52pm EST
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By Mike Ayers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - It is common for musicians who once claimed fame to try to hold onto it by any means possible, but folk-pop singer Edie Brickell is content simply to make music with little concern over recapturing her former stardom.

This January, the artist who first lured the media spotlight in the late 1980s, returns to record stores with two albums -- a self-titled solo record and an album with a new band called the Gaddabouts featuring Brickell and drummer Steve Gadd, a longtime collaborator with her husband, Paul Simon.

Brickell, 44, started both projects years ago. The first sessions on her solo album took place in 2003, and the idea for the Gaddabouts band came up in 2000 after a conversation she had with Gadd in a hotel lobby following a Simon concert.

Over the years, Brickell released only two solo albums, and the Gaddabouts record marks the first band Brickell has joined outside her work with Edie Brickell and New Bohemians.

She recently played with The Heavy Circles, which was formed by her stepson Harper Simon, but she does not consider it a group because many different players performed on each track. She also noted that she has played in bands with several New Bohemian members and probably will again in the future.

Still, Brickell calls the Gaddabouts her first real band since the New Bohemians, in which she initially found commercial and critical success 22 years ago with the release of "Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars."

For Brickell, those days of superstardom never felt right.

"There was too much attention paid to us," Brickell told Reuters. "Too much selling around me that was embarrassing. I felt at that time that we had not earned this. But you can't go out there and say 'here we are, we're embarrassed.' We didn't know how to stop the machine once it got rolling."   Continued...