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REALLY RANDY! Celebrating the Music (& Sardonic Humour) of Randy Newman
March 9, 2012 @ 8:30 pm$25 – $27.50
An all-star cast of musicians will gather this Friday (March 9) at Hugh’s Room to celebrate the music of Randy Newman, who some critics insist is America’s greatest living songwriter.
On hand with their own interpretations of Newman’s songs will be
Lori Cullen, Michael Jerome Browne, Michael Johnston,
George Koller & friends, Treasa Levasseur, David Matheson,
Jory Nash and Tim Posgate & Sorry Cousins
The evening is hosted by Michael Wrycraft,
moonlighting once again from his work as a Juno-nominated graphic artist.
The musicians who will perform Newsman’s songbook are as varied as the composer‘s songs. Both Lori Cullen and Treasa Levasseur are singers who have headlined their own shows at Hugh’s Room; Michael Johston is a member of the Skydiggers and Dave Matheson was formerly a member of Moxy Fruvous. George Koller is one of the most in-demand bass players in the country, while Jory Nash is a well-known singer-songwriter on the folk festival circuit. Jazz musician Tim Posgate is bringing his new bluegrass-inspired band, Sorry Cousins, to the event, and Montreal-based Michael Jerome Browne is a leading roots music multi-instrumentalist.
Newman’s work as a songwriter has given hits to artists as diverse as Etta James, Tom Jones and Joe Cocker (all three covered “Leave You Hat On”), Harry Nilsson, Three Dog Night and dozens of others, but he’s best remembered for his album Good Old Boys, sardonic songs such as “Short People,” “I Live L.A.,” “Sail Away” and his hit filled scores for all three Toy Story movies. Today he works primarily as a movie composer; he’s earned 20 Oscar nominations (and won twice).