“This record is me looking at myself through characters. I would find that when I had met people, I’d try to figure out what makes them tick. After a while I began to realize that I was actually looking at myself through the eyes of other people. In that sense, it was almost scary to write these songs.” - Randy Wooten, June 2005
It’s safe to assume that Wooten’s keen observational skills are partly attributable to his uniquely eventful upbringing. It’s an equally safe bet that Lift will further fuel the ascent of Randy & The Bloody Lovelies. With its tales of ordinary people swimming valiantly against the tides of modernity, Lift not only gives insight into the twenty-first century consciousness, it also offers a glimpse inside the mind of Randy Wooten himself.
“I think when you’re at certain places in life, other people become a Rorschach test for you,” Wooten says. “So writing this was good for me. It was a way for me to peel back some layers and ultimately create some intimacy between myself and the people listening.”
Taking risks is apparently a habit for Mr. Wooten and his musical cohorts. On their 2004 debut CD, Some Truth and a Little Money,” The Bloody Lovelies performed 14 original songs that invited favorable comparisons to Brian Wilson, Lennon & McCartney, Todd Rundgren and Rufus Wainwright, among distinguished others. “It’s wonderful,” effused Rolling Stone editor, David Wild. “The Bloody Lovelies have musical ability with a deep love of pop-rock.”
For Wooten, the bands sophomore release, Lift, is the culmination of a musical career that would not be denied. Born in Springfield, Missouri, Wooten began taking piano lessons at age eight. But the budding pianist put a stop to his formal training after his teacher insisted he would never learn to play or write songs.
The following year, the Wooten’s Missouri home was completely destroyed by a tornado. The tragedy forced the family to spend the ensuing months living in a motel. Luckily for Randy, the modest inn just happened to be next door to a music store. “(That’s when) I started teaching myself the guitar and really writing songs,” Wooten recalls.
Six years later, with a head full of embryonic tunes gestating in his head, Wooten picked up the piano again, electing to teach himself.
Masterfully produced by Mark Plati (David Bowie, Talking Heads, The Cure), Lift features 13 Randy Wooten originals that explode from the speakers in a hail of fanciful Brit-rock rhythms and Noel Coward-like melodies. Just listen to how Wooten’s voice locks with the soulful choruses on “Why You ‘Spose That Is?,” or how the weepy pedal steel guitar on “Wondrous Things” and “Beautiful, Too” underscore the song’s whimsical sentiments. From the spiraling brass flourishes of “Twilight Kids,” to the luxuriant string embellishments of “Pop,” “Isabella” and “Under Starlight,” Lift raises the pop-rock bar to breathless new heights.
Lurking below the surface of these songs -- one is tempted to call them “numbers” -- lies a tragicomic “libretto” about luckless dreamers, desperate lovers, flawed heroes and beautiful losers. Indeed, Wooten coined a phrase to describe his songwriting approach: “Romanticizing the Unromantic.”
Wooten explains, “I had a broader vision with these new songs.”
Eager to get his new ideas on tape, Wooten recruited a stellar cast of musicians, including drummer Shawn Pelton (Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Sheryl Crow, “Saturday Night Live”), violinist / accordionist / vocalist Lisa Germano (U2, John Cougar Mellencamp, David Bowie, Indigo Girls), pedal steel guitarist Greg Leisz (Joni Mitchell, k.d. lang, Beck, Matthew Sweet), and trumpeter Lee Thornburg (George Benson, Madeleine Peyroux, “The Tonight Show”), as well as original Bloody Lovelies bassist, Eric Holden.
As Wooten himself admits, these remarkably talented musicians helped give Lift its wings. “A lot of the elements on this records, like trumpet, accordion and strings, were created on non-traditional rock instruments,” Wooten says. “It was nice not to feel the constraints of having to capture the sound of four individuals. It was just a matter of me trying to get across the sound in my head.”
Randy Wooten – Piano, Vocals
Lift - 2005
Some Truth and A Little Money - 2003
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"In the planet of music, there exists a no man’s land. The Bloody Lovelies happily dance in that sp..."In the planet of music, there exists a no man’s land. The Bloody Lovelies happily dance in that space, carrying enough rock ’n’ roll in their rucksack to avoid the clichés of modern radio guitar-pop." - The Santa Barbara Independent
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"Plymouth State Wooten's vocals are a mix of Axel Rose, Hedwig, and Brian Molko with a hint of Brit..."Plymouth State Wooten's vocals are a mix of Axel Rose, Hedwig, and Brian Molko with a hint of Britpunk/rock, while his piano style is '70's era Randy Newman. "
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"From the opening track on, high-energy, down-home rock-n-roll is conjured up by tales of "lonelin..."From the opening track on, high-energy, down-home rock-n-roll is conjured up by tales of "loneliness, liquor and femme fatales." "You Don't Love Me" is a piano laced track that comes off as a new century Doors rock song with the band building the suspense while Randy Wooten croons about his chaos of emotions. As things progress, hints of Billy Joel, The Police and pure raunchy rock music are blended well. What you get with this band is a combination of great songwriting and perfect musical execution."
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SOME TRUTH & A LITTLE MONEY
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"The Bloody Lovelies suck you in with a style that is bright, bouncy, possessed of effortless melod..."The Bloody Lovelies suck you in with a style that is bright, bouncy, possessed of effortless melodic skill, and seemingly instantly endearing. "
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|Nov 5, 2005 Saturday||10:00 PM||Room 5||Los Angeles, CA, US|
|Oct 19, 2005 Wednesday||10:00 PM||Staccato||Washington, DC, US|
|Oct 18, 2005 Tuesday||7:00 PM||World Cafe Live||Philadelphia, PA, US|
|Oct 17, 2005 Monday||9:00 PM||Grape Street Pub||Philadelphia, PA, US|
|Oct 15, 2005 Saturday||9:00 PM||Stain Bar||Brooklyn, NY, US|
|Oct 13, 2005 Thursday||8:00 PM||Piano's||New York, NY, US|
|Oct 10, 2005 Monday||9:00 PM||The Abbey Lounge||Somerville, MA, US|
|Sep 10, 2005 Saturday||11:00 PM||Hotel Cafe||Hollywood, CA, US|
|Oct 29, 2004 Friday||10:00 PM||Blue Lamp||Reno, NV, US|
|Oct 28, 2004 Thursday||10:00 PM||Samurai Duck||Eugene, OR, US|
|Oct 24, 2004 Sunday||10:00 PM||Conor Bryne||Seattle, WA, US|
|Oct 22, 2004 Friday||10:00 PM||Trask Brewery||McMinnville, OR, US|
|Oct 21, 2004 Thursday||10:00 PM||The Green Room||Portland, OR, US|
|Oct 20, 2004 Wednesday||10:00 PM||Tropical Tides||Tacoma, WA, US|
|Oct 16, 2004 Saturday||10:00 PM||Slates||Sandpoint, ID, US|
|Oct 15, 2004 Friday||10:00 PM||Ripple Tavern||Moses lake, WA, US|
|Oct 14, 2004 Thursday||10:00 PM||Neurolux||Boise, ID, US|
|Oct 12, 2004 Tuesday||10:00 PM||Lander Bar||Lander, WY, US|
|Oct 9, 2004 Saturday||10:00 PM||Cricket on the Hill||Denver, CA, US|
|Oct 8, 2004 Friday||10:00 PM||Club Halo||Salt Lake City, UT, US|
|Oct 7, 2004 Thursday||10:00 PM||One and Only||St. George, UT, US|
|Oct 6, 2004 Wednesday||10:00 PM||The Palms||Las Vegas, NV, US|
|Oct 5, 2004 Tuesday||10:00 PM||Whiskey||Los Angeles, CA, US|
|Aug 29, 2004 Sunday||10:00 PM||Bookman's||Mesa, AZ, US|
|Aug 29, 2004 Sunday||10:00 PM||Epic Caf||Tucson, AZ, US|
|Aug 28, 2004 Saturday||10:00 PM||Epic Caf||Tucson, AZ, US|
|Aug 27, 2004 Friday||10:00 PM||Campus Coffeebean||Flagstaff, AZ, US|
|Aug 26, 2004 Thursday||10:00 PM||Campus Coffeebean||Flagstaff, AZ, US|
|Aug 25, 2004 Wednesday||10:00 PM||Stella Blue||Albuquerque, NM, US|
|Aug 23, 2004 Monday||10:00 PM||15th St Tavern||Denver, CO, US|
|Aug 22, 2004 Sunday||10:00 PM||Blue Moon||Lava Hot Springs, WY, US|
|Aug 21, 2004 Saturday||10:00 PM||Slates||Sandpoint, ID, US|
|Aug 17, 2004 Tuesday||10:00 PM||The Rainbow||Seattle, WA, US|
|Aug 16, 2004 Monday||10:00 PM||Caf Union Town||Astoria, OR, US|
|Aug 15, 2004 Sunday||10:00 PM||Red White and Blue||Redding, CA, US|
|Aug 14, 2004 Saturday||10:00 PM||Carnegies||Redding, CA, US|
|Aug 13, 2004 Friday||10:00 PM||Red Rock||San Francisco, CA, US|