La Crosse singer-songwriter and piano, harmonium, and mountain dulcimer player, Lynn Biddick celebrates the release of her new album “Everybody’s Blue” with a concert, Saturday, February 27, 7:30 pm at the Pump House Regional Arts Center.
Joining Lynn on stage will be many of the top area musicians who played on her new record: Rich MacDonald (drums), Steve Meger (guitar), Karyn Quinn (electric bass), and Larry Dalton (acoustic bass). Kim Shively will add backing vocals.
Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show. Student tickets are $10 with a valid student ID. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Pump House, 119 King Street, La Crosse, by phone, 608.785.1434, or online at thePumpHouse.org.
About the album
“Everybody’s Blue” is Biddick’s seventh recording, and her second for local label Momentous Records.
“This one has a little bit of a bluesy theme, but it’s not a ‘blues’ record by any means,” Biddick says. “The last several years have been hard in some ways, not only for me and my immediate sphere of people, but for friends I know all around the country. Yet despite all our frustrations, there is also a strong sense of resilience and humor. This came through in the new songs, I think, and overall it is an uplifting piece of work.”
About the artist
Lynn Biddick started playing the piano at age five. She wrote her first song at age nine while riding a bicycle. “My creative work has always had a multi-tasking element running through it,” she says. “I have never done just one thing at a time.” Biddick moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music where she majored in piano and composition. She started busking in Boston and Cambridge, which led to gigs in clubs and coffeehouses across New England. Her interest in songwriting eventually took her to Nashville, where she recorded an EP with producer Brad Jones (Josh Rouse, Jill Sobule). One of the songs, “Open Road,” would go on to win the Merlefest songwriting contest. While in Nashville, she also founded the “Born To Cook” songwriter show with Gillian Welch.
After returning to her hometown, she released her first full-length album, “Ghost in the Bed,” on Momentous Records in 2009. The disc included a never-before-recorded Welch song, “I Don’t Want To Go Downtown.” “Gillian liked my piano arrangement and my overall treatment of the song, and of course I was really happy about that,” Biddick says.
Additional Achievements A song from the album, “Half A Moon” was later recorded by Chazz Frichtel, an L.A.-based artist who played bass with Michael McDonald for most of his career.
Her song, “Devil’s Lake” received airplay on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Simply Folk” show, and was named a “Top Pick of 2009” by Johnny Meister, host of the “Blues and Beyond” show on WXPN, Philadelphia.
“Everybody’s Blue” is her second album release since moving back to La Crosse, where she continues her multi-tasking ways as a performing songwriter, choir director, band member and background singer.”