Derek Fawcett w/ special guest Jenna Fawcett
Derek Fawcett's fans the world over rave about the strength of his musicianship, the emotional pull of his songs, and his warm, powerful, arresting singing. Its easy to hear the sad beauty of Passenger, the restless urgency of Jackson Browne, the warm sincerity of James Taylor, and the brooding fire of Ray LaMontagne in Fawcetts music. And yes, buzz did arrive in earnest upon the release of his solo debut, FEEL BETTER. Huffington Post featured it, Fox 2 St. Louis put him on the air, and Something Else Reviews dubbed it Best of the Year.
His forthcoming new album selflessly shifts at least some of the spotlight toward the folks who helped to generate this buzz in the first place: His faithful fans. Sing Along is a live album split between trips to Rockwood Music Hall in New York City and the Dalton Center at Western Michigan University (his alma mater), and in the case of one of the songs, is actually the two shows blended together (read below). Throughout the album, fans stomp, clap, and most of all, lift their voices, sounding more like a jovial army that travels as part of the band than folks passively taking in a show. Sing Along practically named itself.
Make no mistake though, while the audience brings extra fun, Fawcetts music is still the main event. Sing Along is mostly made up of soaring performances of songs from FEEL BETTER. Standouts include (but are not limited to) a rowdy rendition of Not My Call To Make, a somber and delicate Romeo And Juliet (with Fawcett adding accordion), and a glorious take on Kinda Like A Love Song I Guess. Also included are three brand-new never-before-released songs that became live show fan favorites last year: the beautifully defeated On The Side, the harmonious and Eagles-y in its lyrical weight Counterfeit and the spine-tingling, belligerent lament Lines. He also includes a moving cover of Jackson Brownes These Days and closes the album with a wink at fans of Down The Line, the beloved acoustic pop quartet that was his first musical venture (and with whom he shared stages with Ben Folds, Peter Frampton, Lifehouse, America, Pat Benatar, Colin Hay, Gin Blossoms, and more) with Just The Wind.
As an added bonus, we even get doses of Fawcetts verbal interactions with his audiences. While mostly enthusiastic and funny, he also drifts to heartfelt tributes and an earnest nearly-loss-for-words 'thank you's to his glowing and roaring crowd. Another important factor to Sing Alongs success? Fawcetts hand-picked all-star bands. He now has formed bands in Chicago, New York City, Nashville, Los Angeles, Detroit, Toronto and Kalamazoo, all with their own distinct sound. Case in point, he couldnt decide whether he liked the Kalamazoo or NYC versions of one of the songs on Sing Along best, so he actually fused the two versions together. Listen closely, and youll actually feel like youre traveling with Derek and his bands on a touring montage...a recording like none youve ever heard before.
Opening the show (and joining him on stage for part of his set) will be his fabulously talented wife, Jenna Fawcett. Jenna has been performing regularly across Chicagoland's musical theater scene for more than a year, starring in the original musical "My Life Is a Country Song" (New American Folk Theatre), "A Fabulous '50s Christmas" (Towle Theater), and "Strangest Things: The Musical" The " (a musical parody of Netflix's Stranger Things, Random Acts Chicago).
Trinity House Theatre (View)
38840 West Six Mile
Livonia, MI 48152
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|