RONEE BLAKLEY LIVE AT THE BITTER END (see more at www.roneeblakley.com/wikipedia/Imdb/Facebook)
The CD is a live recording (by soundman Riogi) of Ronee Blakley's sold out show at the legendary club in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, last year. It marked her first performance at a New York club in twenty years, and was hailed by the WALL STREET JOURNAL, accompanying the release of her newest CD of studio songs RIVER NILE. It is the club where BOB DYLAN began his ROLLING THUNDER REVUE, owned by the world's most famous club owner, one inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, PAUL COLBY. Colby brought Ronee into New York for her first club date there and she continued to play his Bleeker Street venue for many years. In fact, she met Dylan there at a David Blue show, introduced by Bobby Neuwirth, all of whom went on the tour together.
Ronee is accompanied on the album by the great multi instrumentalist DAVID MANSFIELD, who was also on the Rolling Thunder Revue. While on that tour, Dylan directed his classic docu drama RENALDO AND CLARA, in which Ronee Blakey played Mrs. Dylan. Mansfield was also in the movie. Famed rock artist and rock critic DEBORAH FROST appears as backup singer on the final song OF ONE BLOOD, also the title of Ronee's new movie, to be released this year.
Mix engineer Kevin Jarvis said about this performance: "It sounds like you two had been playing together forever"; whereas, in fact, Ronee and David had not performed together since 1975. That's how great Mansfield is! But their history shared during 30 days and nights on the the tour, and all those shows, came back to them as they poured it on for the appreciative audience.,
Ronee opens traditionally, with an a capella version of Red River Valley, then reads a poem from her recent spoken word release GRIEF HOLES. She goes on to play two piano/vocal solo songs, then David comes out to join her for the rest of the evening. They go Americana - through country, folk, rock (and even a touch of classical and jazz sounding piano at times), and Ronee joins David on guitar for a couple numbers mid set.
The song selection covers Ronee's earliest work from the movie NASHVILLE and her first album, New Sun from Dylan's film and her second album, right up through her most recent songs on her newest CD's. At the beginning is a funky and sincere introduction from Paul's wife, Pam Colby, and there is a bonus track from Grief Holes following the end of the show.