Though Edie Brickell has in recent years concentrated on raising her children with the
legendary singer/songwriter Paul Simon, her recording career is still active. She
recorded an unreleased album with a band called the Slip last year and now is
reportedly working on an LP with the New Bohemians, with whom she achieved success
in the '80s.
Brickell was born 33 years ago today in Dallas. While attending that city's Southern
Methodist University, she joined the New Bohemians onstage for an impromptu
Brickell told Parade magazine about that first gig: "There was hardly anybody in
this tiny little club, not a big crowd, and it was toward closing. If there had been a crowd,
not even a shot of Jack Daniel's would have gotten me up there."
Brickell became a permanent member of the New Bohemians, with whom she began
writing folk/rock songs. The band, which included bassist Brad Houser, guitarists Wes
Burt-Martin and Kenny Withrow and drummer Matt Chamberlain (the Wallflowers, Fiona
Apple), recorded its debut album in Wales.
The LP, Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars, was a critical and commercial
smash, yielding the top 10 hit "What I Am"
With her wholesome good looks, knack for writing catchy songs and soft, intimate singing
style, Brickell seemed destined for stardom. But Ghost of a Dog (1990), featuring
"Mama Help Me" and the title track, received mixed reviews and little airplay. Following
the LP's lackluster showing, the New Bohemians quietly disbanded.
Brickell then met Simon (whom she married in 1992) and put her own career on hold.
She had two children and remained out of the limelight. In 1994, Brickell emerged with
the solo album, Picture Perfect Morning. Songs such as the single "Tomorrow
Comes" and "In the Bath" were similar to Brickell's folksy work with the New Bohemians.
The CD -- which was produced by Simon and his longtime producer, Roy Halee -- also
included appearances by Barry White, Dr. John, Art and Cyril Neville and Michael
Picture Perfect Morning was fairly well received, though some critics complained
about Simon's influence. Despite some airplay for "Tomorrow Comes," the album was
not a big seller.
In ensuing years, Brickell has worked with the Slip (with whom she performed a few
gigs) and continues to maintain a low profile. Geffen Records shelved an LP recorded
by the Slip. According to the Edie Brickell Archive website
(http://www.bodyofwater.com/edie), Brickell and the New Bohemians are working on
tracks for a possible album.
Other birthdays: Dean Torrence (Jan and Dean), 58; Tom Scholz (Boston), 52; Gail
Greenwood (Belly), 39; Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam), 36; Neneh Cherry, 35; and Billy Boredom
(Bikini Kill), 34.