Lou & Peter Berryman
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Nov
16
Lou & Peter Berryman @ A Center for the Arts

Fergus Falls, Minnesota, USA

Fergus Falls, Minnesota, USA

Nov
10
Lou & Peter Berryman @ Fellowship Hall, First Methodist Church

Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Nov
09
Lou & Peter Berryman @ Goldberg House Concert

Fox Point, Wisconsin, USA

Fox Point, Wisconsin, USA

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THE PINK ONE marks the fourteenth recording from this one-of-a-kind duo from Madison, Wisconsin. With every release, Lou and Peter move the universal song writing bar just a little bit higher. THE PINK ONE features eleven brand new songs and three re-recorded and rescued from the vinyl vault. The whole package is presented in true Berryman fashion: 12-string guitar, accordion and vocals, homemade from design to recording and, in the end, totally satisfying.

As with any other of their CDs, you can listen again and again because the melodies are so engaging and the word play comes so wonderfully fast and furious. All 4,029 words to the songs are included in the booklet. If you're a fan, relish in them. If you're a budding songwriter, study them closely. You can go to school on their ability to match fresh ideas and meticulous rhyme and structure to melody.

Some highlights include the offbeat agnostic anthem "After Life Goes By", a round-trip car ride using only short image bursts in "Bird Bird "Bird", a sweet love song between a gardening nut and a baking nut in 7/4 time and "Amalgamated Gigawatt McGoo", a hysterical take on deregulation. Lou and Peter Berryman have done it again.
--Matt Watroba - Sing Out! Vol. 47


THE PINK ONE marks the fourteenth recording from this one-of-a-kind duo from Madison, Wisconsin. With every release, Lou and Peter move the universal song writing bar just a little bit higher. THE PINK ONE features eleven brand new songs and three re-recorded and rescued from the vinyl vault. The whole package is presented in true Berryman fashion: 12-string guitar, accordion and vocals, homemade from design to recording and, in the end, totally satisfying.

As with any other of their CDs, you can listen again and again because the melodies are so engaging and the word play comes so wonderfully fast and furious. All 4,029 words to the songs are included in the booklet. If you're a fan, relish in them. If you're a budding songwriter, study them closely. You can go to school on their ability to match fresh ideas and meticulous rhyme and structure to melody.

Some highlights include the offbeat agnostic anthem "After Life Goes By", a round-trip car ride using only short image bursts in "Bird Bird "Bird", a sweet love song between a gardening nut and a baking nut in 7/4 time and "Amalgamated Gigawatt McGoo", a hysterical take on deregulation. Lou and Peter Berryman have done it again.
--Matt Watroba - Sing Out! Vol. 47


First-class entertainers Lou & Peter Berryman won [Isthmus’ Local Folk Band poll] resoundingly. Don’t be fooled by the duo’s sunny stage mien and bouncy accordion arrangments--the Berryman’s droll tunes are complex and multilayered, and often pleasantly disturbing. - Isthmus Annual Manual 2007


First-class entertainers Lou & Peter Berryman won [Isthmus’ Local Folk Band poll] resoundingly. Don’t be fooled by the duo’s sunny stage mien and bouncy accordion arrangments--the Berryman’s droll tunes are complex and multilayered, and often pleasantly disturbing. - Isthmus Annual Manual 2007


Knee-Slapping Folk:
Wedded bliss went south for Lou & Peter Berryman, but their musical relationship has grown over the past twenty years. Their off-kilter harmonies buoyed by accordion and guitar back some of the best lyric zingers and funniest songs to come out of the Midwest. The Berrymans (who long ago married other partners) continue to write and sing songs that poke fun at the human plight, idiosyncrasies of living in America, sports, and painting the living room when the world is crumbling around them and us. As silly as they sometimes get, love comes through, adding warmth and depth and turning what could have been a comedy act into an evening of insight. Berkeley, CA: East Bay Express
Critic's Choice for the week of January 24-30, 2007 - Berkeley: East Bay Express


Knee-Slapping Folk:
Wedded bliss went south for Lou & Peter Berryman, but their musical relationship has grown over the past twenty years. Their off-kilter harmonies buoyed by accordion and guitar back some of the best lyric zingers and funniest songs to come out of the Midwest. The Berrymans (who long ago married other partners) continue to write and sing songs that poke fun at the human plight, idiosyncrasies of living in America, sports, and painting the living room when the world is crumbling around them and us. As silly as they sometimes get, love comes through, adding warmth and depth and turning what could have been a comedy act into an evening of insight. Berkeley, CA: East Bay Express
Critic's Choice for the week of January 24-30, 2007 - Berkeley: East Bay Express


"To my utter delight and surprise, on a dreary Sunday night in February, I had to argue, elbow, and shoehorn my way into my own cabaret in Greenwich Village (the Cornelia Street Cafe), because a staggering number of hip, witty, and jaded New Yorkers had beaten me to it, and were laughing their heads off at two middle-aged guitar- and accordion-toting rubes from somewhere beginning with M (Milwaukee? Missouri? Minnesota?) who, it transpired, were smarter, hipper, wittier, but decidely less jaded, than their audience, who could carry a tune (and sometimes more than one at the same time) and sidle up to subjects as diverse as housepainting and nuclear proliferation (sometimes in the same song) without ever preaching or losing a lust for language and an appetite for a range of human experience that most New Yorkers can only marvel at and pine for, and all with a sophistication and rhyme scheme that might have provoked Ogden Nash or Noel Coward into trying on a cowboy hat... " Robin Hirsch The Cornelia St. Cafe 212-989-9319 ROBHIRSCH@aol.com - New York City, Cornelia St. Cafe


"To my utter delight and surprise, on a dreary Sunday night in February, I had to argue, elbow, and shoehorn my way into my own cabaret in Greenwich Village (the Cornelia Street Cafe), because a staggering number of hip, witty, and jaded New Yorkers had beaten me to it, and were laughing their heads off at two middle-aged guitar- and accordion-toting rubes from somewhere beginning with M (Milwaukee? Missouri? Minnesota?) who, it transpired, were smarter, hipper, wittier, but decidely less jaded, than their audience, who could carry a tune (and sometimes more than one at the same time) and sidle up to subjects as diverse as housepainting and nuclear proliferation (sometimes in the same song) without ever preaching or losing a lust for language and an appetite for a range of human experience that most New Yorkers can only marvel at and pine for, and all with a sophistication and rhyme scheme that might have provoked Ogden Nash or Noel Coward into trying on a cowboy hat... " Robin Hirsch The Cornelia St. Cafe 212-989-9319 ROBHIRSCH@aol.com - New York City, Cornelia St. Cafe


Discography

THE UNIVERSE: 14 Examples 2007 CD CR17 14 new original songs

SOME DAYS 2005 CD CR16 16 new original songs

LOVE IS THE WEIRDEST OF ALL 2004 2CDs CR 15a&b 28 songs included or being considered for inclusion in a new musical revue, “Love is the Weirdest of All” staged 2004 by Madison Repertory Theatre

THE PINK ONE CD 2003 CD CR 14 11 new songs plus 3 re-recorded from the vinyl years

YAH HEY CD 2002 A compilation album, mostly previously recorded songs about Wisconsin plus 1 new one

HOUSE CONCERT CD 2000 CR12 15 new original songs plus 3 re-recorded from the vinyl years

SOME KINDA FUNNY CD 1998 CR11 14 new songs

DOUBLE YODEL CD 1995 CR10 13 new original songs

WHAT, AGAIN!? CD 1993 CR900 (re-recorded selections from vinyl albums from 1980-1988) 15 songs

WE DON’T TALK ABOUT THAT! CD 1992 CR800 14 new original songs

COW IMAGINATION CD 1990 CR700 14 new original songs

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It’s the typical story: boy meets girl in high school, they play in folk bands, they marry, then divorce and form a fresh guitar/accordion duo, producing songs that are being sung by amateurs and professionals all over the world. OK, perhaps it’s not typical, but then there is very little that is conventional about Lou and Peter Berryman. Frequent comparisons to Will Rogers and Dorothy Parker, and Burns & Allen notwithstanding, these two are originals, melding midwestern culture with street smart savvy.

Lou & Peter have a songwriting style that is a welcomed throwback to the days of Tin Pan Alley, where one wrote the words, the other the music, all with complete devotion to the craft. But when it comes to the craft of composing songs they have redefined subject and device and their unusual take on the world has led to creations that are unlike any others. They are admired by, not only thousands of music fans, but by some of our greatest living songwriters.

In their 30 years together, Lou & Peter have recorded 17 albums of original songs, and produced 2 songbooks. Such venerable and prestigious venues as Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage, The Old Town School of Music in Chicago, The Ark in Ann Arbor, New York’s Caffe Lena and Passim in Cambridge have hosted them regularly. They have performed frequently on national public radio including Minnesota’s A Prairie Home Companion, and they have played at most major folk festivals across North America. They tour throughout the year, and make their homes in Madison, Wisconsin.