Personnel: Linda Eder (vocals); Duke Levine (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, lap steel guitar, banjo, mandola, mandolin); Bernd Schoenhart (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Antoine Silverman (fiddle); Dave Eggar (cello); Billy Jay Stein (piano, synthesizer, bass synthesizer, drum programming); Will Lee (bass instrument, background vocals); Richard Hammond (bass instrument); David Finck (upright bass); Nir Z. (drums, percussion); Clint DeGanon (drums); Russell Valasquez, Shaun Barker, Shaun Baker, Tabitha Fair, Jason Paige (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Frank Filipetti.
Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY; Sinning St. Studios, New York, NY; Strange Cranium Studios, New York, NY; Zdrum Studios, Brooklyn, NY.
Author: Linda Eder.
Photographer: Vincent Soyez.
Arrangers: Billy Jay Stein ; John Oddo; Linda Eder.
Over the years, the world got so used to Linda Eder's glowing interpretations of Broadway standards-and her keen ability to carry on the grand traditions of Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand-that any deviation might have been seen as risky or crazy. But the truth is, as the singer puts it, "This isn't so much a departure as it is me getting back to who I really am." The colorful mix of material (from the rousing, gospel-influenced "Back to Life" by superstar pop songwriter Kara DioGuardi to Eder's own explosive, very personal blues-rocker "Waiting for the Fall") and loose and high-spirited arrangements reflect the kind of music that moved her as a child, when she first started playing the guitar and writing songs. Musically, she and producer Billy Jay Stein back up with great integrity and passion her assertion that stepping into the ballgown and singing standards is like playing a role, while this rootsy music is more natural for her. Although the album was released by the great jazz label Verve, songs like the uptempo country jam "Pieces," the jangling "Prayer for Love," and the largely acoustic ballad "If You Believe (The Way I Do)" would find a joyful home on mainstream country radio.