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Rose of Jericho is singer/songwriter Brigitte DeMeyer’s fifth album. The sound is drenched in New Orleans style R&B missed with country blues and a whole lot of other folksy Southern ingredients that have nothing to do with her biography as the daughter of Belgian and German immigrants, who was raised in the Midwest and California. As in the case of Welch, so what? We are not determined by circumstance but by our imaginations. The dozen tasty self-penned tracks on DeMeyer’s latest release reveal she has a powerful and creative musical intelligence. She may not be authentic. She’s better than that.
Brigitte DeMeyer’s first new album since moving to Nashville from the Bay Area last year (and her fifth overall), Rose of Jericho is a delight, mining all the finest elements of Americana, blues and roots rock music while avoiding the songwriting and musical clichés that weigh down so much similarly labeled music.
A singer-songwriter who still somehow flies under the radar, each album sounds like the one to change that. Brigitte DeMeyer combines the soft beauty of Emmylou Harris with the more rough and tumble take of Lucinda Williams. It’s a rareified air, and somehow, someway, someday has to break through. Rose of Jericho could well be the album to do just that.
As the main stage shut down for another year, there was excitement in the barn with the arrival of festival favourite Brigitte DeMeyer. This lady blew me away last year with her incredible voice and laid back bluesy style. If anything I think she was even better this time around. Accompanied on (amongst other things) trombone (brilliant!) by stand in band Two Fingers of Firewater, she’s a charismatic performer, at ease with her audience. Embracing gospel, country, rock and blues amongst other genres, the songs are accomplished and stylised and that voice – well, it’s simply astonishing; moody, soulful, embracing. What a show.
Brigitte DeMeyer’s brand of Americana is gritty and direct, even as her sweetly soulful voice keeps Red Fiver Flower as lovely as it is cutting.
COUNTRY WEEKLY : RED RIVER FLOWER : 4 STAR REVIEW
Despite all those high-powered players, it’s DeMeyer’s own artistry that shines through. With an earthy soulful voice, she comes off something like Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer’s unknown sister, or perhaps like Sheryl Crow…at her finest when she delves into country soul.
NO DEPRESSION : RED RIVER FLOWER
DeMeyer’s music could be called “blue-eyed country soul”. Her strong lead vocals have a wonderful fluidity. Her strong flexible voice an effortlessly bend notes with honey-coated creativity. The arrangements lean to the spare, so the vocals and raw strength of her songs shine.
VINTAGE GUITAR MAGAZINE