Roger Street Friedman (Americana singer-songwriter) to head into the studio with Larry Campbell

Article Contributed by Skye Media | Published on Sunday, February 27, 2022

Sea Cliff, NY-based Americana singer-songwriter Roger Street Friedman is set to head into the studio in March and April to work on new music with Grammy Award winner Larry Campbell (Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble, Bob Dylan’s Never Ending Tour) producing songs for Friedman’s next full-length release. Setting up in Friedman’s home studio, The Playroom, Campbell and Friedman will be joined by Friedman’s band to record an album’s-worth of new folk/Americana songs Friedman wrote over the past two years during the pandemic. Ever the storyteller, Friedman’s new songs range, topic-wise, from social commentary to love, loss, and the songwriting process itself.

“My band and I are very excited to get to work with Larry on this next project,” says Friedman. “Working with him on my 2020 release, Rise, was the high point of my musical life to date. He brings his decades of experience to bear and exudes a level of musicality that adds incredible depth to the material, while always serving the song. As a producer, he also has a way of putting everyone at ease and getting the best out of the players. Larry will also be playing multiple instruments on the album, including guitars, pedal steel, and fiddle. Getting to watch him play is like a master class in musicianship. I am really looking forward to working with him again!”

Campbell echoed Friedman’s eager anticipation of the upcoming recording session. “I'm getting pretty excited about going back into the studio with Roger this coming March,” Campbell says. “The only problem now is that he's got too many great songs to narrow down into a 45-minute record. This is a good problem to have. As a producer, my main job is to understand and help an artist to achieve his creative vision from the seeds of his inspiration. Roger is giving me some really fertile ground; he's truly a gifted songwriter, with thoughtful lyrics and great sense of melody. After working with him on his last full-length record, Rise, I feel like he and I have developed a symbiotic musical and personal chemistry, and this project will be just the thing to get us through the last dark days of winter.”  

The new album will follow on the heels of Friedman’s 2021 EP release, Come What May. The EP featured co-production on the title track from Campbell, with Friedman playing the bulk of the instruments, as well as recording, producing, and mixing the other songs on the EP.  

Prior to Come What May, Friedman's released two singles in the fall of 2020: “Poison in the Cut” (September 2020) and “Carry Me (Acoustic) feat. Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams and Lucy Kaplansky” (October 2020). 2020 was busy year for new music from Friedman; earlier in 2020, he released the aforementioned album, Rise, which was produced by Campbell. American Songwriter praised the “poise of the arrangements and perfected production,” while Goldmine Magazine called it “sumptuous… [with] affecting musical vignettes… Inspiring and infectious… striking and seductive… It’s the culmination of a career that’s seen his reputation elevated to upper strata of today’s most consistent Americana artists.” American Blues Scene was fond of the “honest, vulnerable songwriting that has won Friedman praise everywhere,” and Americana UK espoused the “excellent songcraft,” dubbing it “delicate and beautiful.”

The award-winning singer-songwriter has consistently released honest, vulnerable songs that have won Friedman praise everywhere from USA Today to No Depression – reflective vignettes recalling the singer-songwriter tradition of Marc Cohn and Robbie Robertson, set to a blend of folk-rock, progressive Americana, and soulful R&B. Friedman was bitten by the music bug early, learning to write songs and even developing his studio engineering skills. It was an avocation, however, until a combination of events – the deaths of his father and mother, marriage, and, later, the births of his two children – steered Friedman back to music, leading to the acclaimed 2014 debut, The Waiting Sky, and 2017’s Shoot The Moon, which reached #2 on the Roots Music Report Americana Country Album Chart and spent 25 weeks in the top 20.