Today, Royal Potato Family records has announced the upcoming release of Sincerely, L. Cohen: A Live Celebration of Leonard Cohen, a new live album recorded at an emotional tribute show hosted at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg early this year. On January 24th, 2017, several weeks after Leonard Cohen‘s passing on November 7th, 2016, the people for New York honored the “Poet Prince of Montréal” with a special evening in Williamsburg featuring dozens of singers, songwriters and musicians, including Richard Thompson, Josh Ritter, Will Sheff (Okkervil River), Amy Helm, Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), Elvis Perkins, Holly Miranda, Joan As Police Woman, Delicate Steve, and many more. It was an evening the Village Voice called “a loving, thoughtful tribute to Cohen’s life in music and poetry.”***You can listen to the first track from the live tribute release, Delicate Steve’s rendition of Cohen’s seminal classic, “Hallelujah,” here.***The live album features highlight performances from this carefully constructed, expertly structured concert, which spanned over three hours in length. The concert and subsequent album was produced by Cohen fans Jesse Lauter (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Hannah Gold (City Winery Presents), and frequent Bob Weir collaborator Josh Kaufman. Kaufman led the evening’s house band, featuring first-rate New York-based musicians including Ray Rizzo (Drums – Yo Yo Ma), Walt Martin (Keys – The Walkmen), Annie Nero (Bass – Craig Finn), Stuart Bogie (Brass & Woodwinds – Arcade Fire), Nick Kinsey (Percussions – Kevin Morby), and Dave Harrington (Guitar – Darkside) and punctuated by a backing vocal trio that Cohen himself would have been proud of: Jocie Adams, Cassandra Jenkins and Leslie Mendelson.Listen To 12 Beautiful Covers Of Leonard Cohen’s MusicIn the album liner notes to this collection, music critic Justin Joffe writes, “Sincerely, L. Cohen: A Live Celebration of Leonard Cohen could have been a solemn affair. But all performers took the celebration part to heart, infusing Cohen’s most somber truths with equal parts reverence and reverie. The evening found a mix of New York icons, esteemed singer-songwriters, cult performers, and up-and-comers for a night of Cohen standards, stories and deep cuts.” Joffe continues, “Sentimental and scholarly, full of tearful singalongs and heartfelt remembrance, it was an evening Cohen would have appreciated.”Posthumous Music Video Of Leonard Cohen Is Released [Watch]The album will be made available on all digital streaming platforms on Thursday September 21–what would have been Leonard Cohen’s 83rd birthday. A limited-edition double-vinyl run of 500 units is available for preorder now and will hit stores in time for the holidays. All proceeds from album sales will go to the Preemptive Love Coalition, a non-profit organization that aids children and families affected by terrorism and other crises in the Middle East across the globe.Full Track Listing: Sincerely, L. Cohen: A Live Celebration of Leonard CohenHallelujah – Delicate SteveSisters of Mercy – Leslie MendelsonDiamonds In The Mine – Osei EssedI’m Your Man – Holly Miranda, Joan As Police Woman & Invisible FamiliarsChelsea Hotel #2 – Josh RitterHey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye – Amy HelmIs This What You Wanted – Elvis PerkinsBird On The Wire – Richard ThompsonStory Of Isaac – Richard ThompsonBeautiful Losers – Lenny KayeMemories – Ian O’Neil (Deer Tick)In My Secret Life – Cassandra JenkinsBallad of The Absent Mare – Teddy ThompsonSuzanne – Alana AmramFamous Blue Raincoat – Lee RanaldoSo Long, Marianne – Will Sheff & Friends[Cover Photo – Michael Putland – Getty Images]If you’re a fan of Leslie Mendelson, Dave Harrington, or all-star tributes to legendary artists in general, don’t miss next month’s Brooklyn Comes Alive! Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, is set to take place across three venues in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Brooklyn Bowl, Schimanski, Music Hall of Williamsburg) on September 23rd and 24th. The unique homegrown event puts the focus on the musicians, curating dream team collaborations, tributes, and artist passion projects for two full days of incredible music both new and old.The 2017 lineup is set to include hand-selected band lineups featuring all-star musicians like John Scofield, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Vinnie Amico and Al Schnier (moe.), Bernard Purdie, Joel Cummins, Ryan Stasik, and Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Mike Greenfield and Jesse Miller (Lotus), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Alan Evans (Soulive), Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers), Henry Butler, Jon Cleary, Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven), Michael League, Nate Werth, Chris Bullock, Robert “Sput” Searight, and Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy), Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), and scores of others! ***Tickets Are On Sale Now!***Brooklyn Comes Alive is now offering single day tickets, as well as a ticket payment plan for as low as $30/month. When checking out, just select “Monthly payments with Affirm” as your payment method. To find out more about ticketing, VIP options, and lodging, head to the festival website.
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