Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians are back with their newest album “Rocket.”
Their US Tour will start this fall, with a hometown release show in Dallas on October 11, a national album release the following day and a performance in Brooklyn in November.
Three decades ago Brickell and the New Bohemians became an international sensation with their double-platinum debut album, “Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars.” Their hit song “What I Am” put the band on the map.
The band has kept things low key since their last album “Stranger Things” which released in 2006.
Brickell continued to create new music throughout the hiatus, as a solo artist, with the Gaddabouts, and in collaboration with Steve Martin with whom she co-wrote the 2016 Broadway musical “Bright Star.”
Despite her new ventures, she never lost touch with her first band.
Brickell would often reconnect with guitarist Kenny Withrow, drummer Brandon Aly, bass player Brad Houser, and percussionist John Bush and they improvise new songs, just as they always did. But beyond the occasional show, the New Bohemians remained a relatively private affair.
“This band has that special relationship of youth,” said Edie Brickell. “They’re nice people, fun-loving, and we have an ease and sense of humor we developed together. I always missed them, so every chance we got, we would get together to play.”
Last year, the band reunited for three sold-out shows as a benefit for La Rondalla, an arts school where Withrow teaches.
“It’s actually hard for us to rehearse because we just start improvising,” said Withrow. “So we did what we normally do, and ended up writing a few songs. We decided to record a batch of them—we maybe started with three, but we recorded seven songs in eight days. We ended up with a body of songs and kind of fell in love with it.”
The sounds on “Rocket” vary between the disco strut of “Exaggerate” to the reggae vibe of “Singing in the Shower.”
The band will return to New York in November for shows in Brooklyn, Port Chester and Manhattan. The Brooklyn show will take place at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday, November 5.
“Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians have always been a testament to great musicianship, with unparalleled songwriting and improvisational prowess,” Danny Bennett, president & CEO of Verve Label Group, said of the signing to Verve Forecast. “The creative energy between Edie and the group is as electric as ever, and this new record captures that. We’re thrilled they’ve chosen Verve Forecast as their home.”