Loretta Bilieux
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Loretta Bilieux


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Loretta Bilieux is back. After a lengthy hiatus from the music biz (3 boys, thank you very much),
the ex Burning Bus singer is out again making music with a new band, new album, and new sense
of purpose.

Burning Bus flared throughout the late 90's playing 600 gigs in 5 years ranging from Nashville to Nantucket.
The band was featured on WXPN's World Cafe radio show and by Fordham University's WFUV in New York City.
BB songs like "Thursday's Girl" and "Boy with a Gun" were in regular rotation on Philly's WXPN and WYEP in Pittsburgh.

A documentary, "People Who Must", was produced about Burning Bus in 1997 and aired on Public Television.

Live with BB, Loretta has opened shows for Sting, Poi Dog Pondering, Jefferson Starship, Dave Matthews Band,
Live, the Boxing Gandhi’s and more. BB was chosen twice to showcase at NYC's Bottom Line as part of their "Talent
Deserving of Greater Recognition" events.

But all good things come to an end and one day Loretta woke up to find herself surrounded by
three little boys. The Bus veered off the road, clunkily, and Ms. Bilieux settled into
domesticity-raising the kids, planting the garden, paving the sidewalk, pawing an old out-of-tune piano
(It came with the house), scratching out lyrics about Backtalking Poison Ivy, Recurrent Bartending Nightmares,
and Vain AADD-Stricken Guitar Players...and biding her time... playing her songs for her pre-schoolers until the
time was right and...

...she began recording her debut solo album on Monday nights in early 2006. Working with ex burning bus
percussionist Pete Barnhart and a small cadre of friends, Loretta made Ghost Cart. A hauntingly ethereal collection
of her most intimate songs yet.

But it took a phone call from out of the blue in summer 2006 from Clair Bros Audio vice president Gene Pelland
to get Loretta out playing live again. Gene had a new club, McCleary's Public House, and wanted to know if Loretta
would come in and test drive the PA system for him before they opened. Since that day performing in front of Gene, Anne, Danny,
and Freddy (the first audience) Loretta has gone on to play McCleary's at least a dozen times and always to a full house.

About the live band...

Bassist Charlie Burnett plays the upright acoustic bass and the Fender electric bass, nimbly switching back and forth
between beautiful bowed string parts on a stirring cover of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" to putting the big rock hammer down on
Loretta's "Earth Opus". Charlie spent the 90's touring with the Alterna-folk trio "Modern Icons", often sharing bills with BB.

Drummer Paul Murr brings terrific rock energy to every song doing all things, big and small, to make each tune feel just right.
Paul's exuberant musicality ignites Loretta tunes like "Hands and Money" and his orchestral playing is showcased to great effect on a cover
of Rufus Wainwright's "Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk". Paul splits his time between Loretta and acclaimed singer/songwriter
Jeffery Gaines.

Guitarist Chad Kinsey was with Loretta in Burning Bus for the entire ride. Chad is featured prominently on the Ghost Cart
album and in the live show as well. From fingerstyle virtuosity on stunning renditions of Radiohead's "Let Down" and David Bowie's
"Life on Mars", to bright telecaster rock on Loretta's "Out Again", to enveloping electric Eno-esque guitar on Loretta's "Blur", to a rousing
cover of Led Zep's "Friends", Chad covers a lot of sonic territory with each tune giving the band a depth beyond its power trio dimensions.

But above it all soars Loretta Bilieux, with band, with trio, with duo- all eyes and ears are on Loretta. Her voice is an immediate
attention getter in any room. Powerful, pure tone, usually cosmic in lyric and intent, but with an underlying bluesy quality everyone
can identify with. If Bjork was born in Pennsylvania and married Stevie Winwood....etc. Loretta's rendition of "White Rabbit" on the
music page will give you a hint of what I'm writing about. So take that voice and match it with a wonderful gift for theatricality and an
engaging playful nature and the resulting bruise... will... leave... a... mark.