February 8th, 2020 8:30pm Stage 3
Celebrating Rockwood Music Hall’s 15-Year Anniversary!
Leslie Mendelson’s 'Love & Murder' is the singer/songwriter’s first new album in eight years. A stirring work instilled with emotional depth that Glide Magazine declared “one of the best records of 2017,” the effort is the long-awaited follow up to her Grammy Award-nominated debut, 'Swan Feathers.'
Produced by Mark Howard (Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams), 'Love & Murder' is a sparse, raw collection. Opening with “Jericho,” a haunting number that sets the tone for what’s to come, it makes clear that the album lies within darker spaces that artists like Sharon Van Etten, Lana Del Rey and Dusty Springfield inhabit. Songs like “Murder Me,” “Coney Island,” and “Chasing the Thrill” find Leslie exploring loss in ways that feel personal and metaphorical, where the stories within are multifaceted. She also recorded three covers: the classic-country infused “Cry, Cry Darlin’,” a take on Bob Dylan’s classic “Just Like a Woman,” played on the ukulele, and a duet with The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir on Roy Orbison’s “Blue Bayou.”
On 'Love & Murder,' Leslie Mendelson offers a different side of her artistry that isn’t present in her early work or recent collaborations. “This collection is just about the songs and my voice,” she says. “That's what people can connect with. It shows where I am right now as an artist and where I want to go.”