ith a fan base as loyal as a Marine battalion and a catalog littered with nine sparkling gems of diverse Folk/Pop/Rock, including the ebullient Dick Van Dyke parks-and-recreational swing of last year’s Let’s Fly a Kite, singer/songwriter Eleni Mandell had no desire or inclination to subject her creative methodology to any severe course corrections.
Even so, a chance Country music history lesson in the cradle of her album development two years ago gave Mandell the blazingly clear vision to simplify her process on what would become Dark Lights Up, her just-released 10th album.
“The last time we were in Nashville was the first time I’d ever been to the Country Music Hall of Fame or any of those kind of attractions,” Mandell says. “And I was really struck by how influential that music has been for me, even though I would always cite Tom Waits and X as my biggest influences, because I was wanting to emulate them as a teenager. Seeing Dolly Parton’s notebook with ‘Jolene’ written on it, Buck Owens’ Nudie suits, Marty Robbins’ guitar — which is the same model I play — and Hank Williams’ suit, I was just blown away.” Read more on Eleni Mandell here.
Eleni Mandell plays a free show Thursday at MOTR Pub. More info: motrpub.com.