Lullaby Baxter

Lullaby Baxter


Lullaby Baxter sparkles with her sassy, smokey, understated delivery. A folk-lounge-pop phenom not to be missed.


To start: Montreal, 1997.

LULLABY BAXTER is waiting tables at Jello Bar. Coaxed on stage for an impromptu number, she sings Billie Holiday's signature song "Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)". Her first public performance since grade school and she brings down the house.

She buys a green guitar and learns "Leaving On A Jet Plane". Someone at the laundromat says, "Well try writing songs." Not knowing how to write songs, Lullaby and LUTWIDGE SEDGWICK write songs, anyway. For example, "The Anyway Song".

She starts putting on shows around town. Bewitched studio owner Howard Bilerman runs backstage offering to record a demo free of charge. Her jazz-singer sister Anna-Lisa meets with Atlantic Records staff producer Yves Beauvais (Madeline Peyroux, Olu Dara) and hands over said demo. Beauvais flies to Montreal to catch Baxter's show. He offers her a recording contract on the spot.

Baxter flies to San Francisco and records her debut with Tom Waits' session players ORANJ SYMPHONETTE. Atlantic Records releases this debut album, entitled CAPABLE EGG. Critics are effervescent.

There is a far-flung tour, all manner of interviews, and money for plush new towels. When the clamour winds down, Baxter scratches her head and says, "J'ai vu tomber tant de choses que j'avais crues éternelles" (I have seen the fall of so many things that I had thought eternal).

Time to disappear. Time to meet a painter (Jean-Pierre Morin) and bear a son (Lorenzo Wolfgang). Time to mother. Time to take the towels out of the dryer. Time to hum. Time to think about a new album. Time to write a 111-page manifesto entitled 'Sing Songs for People'. Time to work on new material with Lutwidge Sedgwick. Time to hire obscure pop duo HERCULES to produce this new material into something splendiferous.

Time to fire Hercules.

Time to shamefacedly re-hire Hercules. Time to thoroughly re-work every track. Time to line up various guest musicians, including drummer JEFFREY CLEMENS (G. Love & Special Sauce) and vocalist SUSAN COWSILL (of legendary troupe The Cowsills).

Time for unorthodox - why not say it? - Herculean recording techniques. Time to fold time fondly forward. Time for a flute quartet, a wurlitzer, a fluegel horn, a mellotron. Time for theorems, mirrors and domes. Time for Vienna, Tokyo and Rome. Time to open up the audible archives (Satie, McCartney, Spector, Morricone).

Time for the hum and ping of fate...the clang and bang of wait.

Time for a 12-string guitar through a Leslie speaker. Time to sew you into the lining of my coat. Time to break your cardboard heart. Time to squirrel the day away, okay?

Time to Hatch the Capable Egg.



CAPABLE EGG (Atlantic/WEA, 2000)

Set List

Let the Fun Begin
Cardboard Armored Car
Little Song
Sad People
Marry Me
Mr. Golden Happiness
Why Don't You Try?
Mr. Powder Blue Breadbox
Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Lord, I Won't Fight You Anymore
The Anyway Song

SET 2:
Fontana Fontaine
Just A Little Lovin'
What's Wrong With You?
Rattled Little Clam
Mama (Should I Bake A Cherry Pie & Hide You Inside?)