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Brian Blade

Brian Blade

Mama Rosa

Sat   Mar   26   2022 - 5:00 PM Jig and Reel

“I remember when I first read the words hanging in a frame on my grandma Rosa’s wall. The serenity prayer was something I couldn’t understand until almost thirty years later, but now after experiencing some peaks and valleys of life, those words ring in my ears with clarity.”

Brian Blade has set those words to music for his first recording as a singer, guitarist, and songwriter, the sublime 2009 release Mama Rosa. A revealing journey through thirteen songs about family, loved ones, travels, and a sense that the things that shape and inspire us have to be shared with others to complete a circle.

Blade has been writing and recording material with words for as long as he’s been making music. In fact, Mama Rosa grew naturally from the four-track home demos that he’s recorded over the years and several of the original performances from those tapes can be heard on this album. Initially, Blade felt that these songs would never be heard by anyone else, but after encouragement from long time friend, Daniel Lanois, these home recordings became the cornerstones for the album. There is an initial spark close to the moment of inspiration and that intimate vibe is felt throughout Mama Rosa.

Blade makes a rare performance of the material from Mama Rosa for Big Ears.

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