Americana Highways brings you this premiere of Roger Street Friedman’s video for his song “The Strange Shape of Love,” from his recent release Rise. Rise is Roger Street Friedman on acoustic guitar, lead and background vocals; Larry Campbell on acoustic and electric guitars, lap steel, fiddle, mandolin and cittern; Jim Toscano on drums and percussion; Matthew Schneider on bass; Jason Crosby on piano, Hammond organ and harmonium; and Teresa Williams and Lucy Kaplanski on backing vocals.
Rise was produced by Larry Campbell; engineered by Petey Mix and Roger Street Friedman at The Playroom Studios, Sea Cliff, NY. It was mixed by Justin Guip at Milan Hill Studio in Milan, NY, and mastered by Dave McNair Mastering, Nashville, TN.
This videos are Roger Street Friedman solo, playing ‘”The Strange Shape of Love” and “Rise.” Roger Street Friedman’s apt ability to capture the honest renderings of love is on full display here. To hear more of the album, follow the link below.
The album Rise takes a lot of twists and turns stylistically, but it’s all tied together by the stellar production and playing of Larry Campbell and all of the musicians on the album. The title, and the title track, express the idealistic hope that we can rise above our petty differences and come together to make the world a better place for our kids. The songs on the record range from tracks like “Rise” about the state of the world, to deeply personal love songs that aren’t all tied with a bow. So lyrically it’s pretty intense, but melodically and musically it’s kind of happy! I’m proud of this album and I think it’s my best work yet…. I think you’ll dig it! — Roger Street Friedman