American singer-songwriter Roger Friedman Street just released “Annabelle”, the second single from her upcoming album “Love Hope Trust”, which will be released on 4/11. A tragic story of a young girl who was steered in the wrong direction, the song features GRAMMY-winning producer, guitarist and songwriter Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, Judy Collins, Willie Nelson) , who also produced the record.
“‘Annabelle’ is based on a story I heard on NPR about a Mexican teenager who meets a boy who claims to love her and then tricks her into coming to America with him,” Friedman explains. “When they arrive, she is forced to She eventually escapes this life, but cannot return home due to the shame she feels and the fear of facing her father…even though all her father wants is to have her home deep psychological trauma and misplaced shame of this poor innocent girl who was put in this situation by bad people through no fault of hers.”
Continuing a multi-album artistic continuum between Roger and Larry, the 12-song “Love Hope Trust” is a sonic album that documents a divided world while exploring intimately personal journeys that bear witness to universal truths, sensitively capturing moments of modern life. The album also features Jason Crosby (Jackson Browne, Phil Lesh) on keyboards, Teresa Williams and Lucy Kaplansky on vocals, and a cameo from the legendary Gil Goldstein on accordion.
“This album encompasses a myriad of concerns, fears, joys and sorrows inherent in everyday life in this crazy world from the standpoint of age – dare I say maturity – and gratitude,” said the artist based in Sea Cliff, New York. American Blues Scene. “I strive for emotional truths in my writing where people say, ‘oh yeah, I’ve been through this’, or just to make people feel something, sadness, joy or desire . That’s what makes one of my albums a success.
Critically acclaimed artist whose work has been featured everywhere from American songwriter and Consequence to No Depression and The Boot, Roger’s insightful lyrics and empathetic perspective reveal the magic of the mundane aspects of everyday life. . His songs venture down the dirt roads of folk, country, vintage rock n’ roll and blues. “Love Hope Trust” in particular draws inspiration from 1970s folk-rock artists such as Cat Stevens and Jackson Browne.
“Making this record with Roger Street Friedman was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had as a producer,” Campbell comments. “Great songs, well-crafted lyrics and melodies, vibrant performances, and the creative inspiration that flowed from it made it a joy to show up in the studio every day.”
The material for “Love Hope Trust” was taken from a collection of songs Roger wrote during the pandemic and beyond. The title track opens the record with a lonely roots-rock shuffle riff played on an acoustic guitar. Then, as if a camera pans across a wide screen, the full band enters with a nuanced rhythm section groove, and Larry Campbell’s sleek, rockabilly guitar figures, and Jason Crosby’s organ fills with va back and forth. In the center, the voice of Roger is heard, rhythmic but melodic, stating the facts of this frightening time while giving a little hope. He sings: Let’s go back to the beginning/Time to pay rent/All this time we’ve been moving/Hard to believe where we’ve been/Troubled hearts and spinning wheels/Problems blow and go/Butterflies in my stomach/ I wonder when this too will end.
“Love Hope Trust” is the fourth installment of a second chance at musicality. Roger left music behind for 25 years before resurfacing with his acclaimed 2014 debut album, The Waiting Sky. He returned to music after experiencing a series of seismic changes in his life, including the death of his father and mother, his marriage and, later, the birth of his two children.
Today, with a well-received catalog of albums, an engaged fan base and plenty of road work under his belt, Roger has established a strong and respected artist profile. “I feel like I’m on the right track and I’m still growing. I think it took me longer to get smart enough to write these songs,” he says with a good-natured laugh. “Now I can make up for lost time, and I’m really lucky because I don’t lack inspiration – something always comes to me when I sit down with my guitar.”
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