Lightheaded – CD
Lightheaded – the new album from Downright – is a unique ride through the style of one of the country’s most original bands. It is a set of transcendent music that invites listeners to leave their physical bodies and enter a state of musical illumination.
“We’re all lightheaded when it comes down to it,” says Steve Lewis, one half of the musical partnership that is Downright. Lewis and Matthew DeVine have nurtured Downright since its inception, always maintaining a continuity of musical style geared toward “the liberation of soul.” The light in question here is the Beatle-esque “inner light,” and whatever your philosophy, everybody has something inside that wants to get out. The songs on Lightheaded invite us to seek out that liberty; “Get Yourself Free” speaks to that purpose in a musical language somewhere between Prince and the Commodores.
The vibe of Lightheaded is one of positivity and elevation, but the stylistic methods for manifesting the subject are unique to each song. “Put Me on The Ranch” is a rocking roots number which posits escapism as the method (maybe if you become a cowboy, you’ll have it made!) In “My Style,” a funk anthem, the singer tenaciously holds on to his sense of personal style as a way of life. Other numbers deal with finding strength through romantic love, getting rid of paranoia through changing your perspective, and sleep as a negotiation tactic.
Lightheaded is a great work of art made by seriously gifted songwriters and performers; with melodies and hooks that work their way into your soul and won’t let go. You try getting “Pants On Backwards” out of your head.
Steve Lewis – vocals, guitars, bass, synthesizers, percussion, harmonica, programming
Matthew DeVine – vocals, Hammond organ, synthesizers, keyboard bass, Fender Rhodes,
drums (tracks 5 & 9)
Michael Glaser – drums (all tracks except 5, 9 & 10)
Rob Alley – trumpet
Chad Fisher – trombone
Gary Wheat – tenor saxophone
Kevin Leon – vocals on Pants on Backwards & The Nap
Niamh Tuohy Clarke – violin
Bethany Borg – violin
Melanie Richardson – viola
Bjorn Borg – cello
Background singers on The Nap:
Will DeVine, Bethany Borg, Niamh Touhy Clarke,
Melanie Richardson, Bjorn Borg
Mike Creager – recording engineer – www.capturemusic.net
Lester Nuby III – mix engineer – www.olelegante.com
Kevin Blackler – mastering engineer – www.blacklermastering.com
Horns recorded by Jody Neslon at Alamalibu
Recordings produced by Steve Lewis and Matthew DeVine
Executive producers – Wes Keith and Downright
All string and horn parts arranged by Matthew DeVine and Steve Lewis
Artwork and lettering by Merrilee Challiss www.merileechalliss.com
Heartfelt thanks to: Allen Shealy & Esther Schuster, Mike Sherr, Matt Walker, Michael Glaser, Jody Nelson,
Blue Galaxy String Project, Emory Nolan, George Omura, Mike Creager, Michael Gordon, Merrilee Challiss,
Kevin Leon, Andi Rice, Marie-Hélène Froidevaux, 865 Art’ist, Myron Scott, Mile Marker 7, Todd Coder
Booking: www.downright.info | firstname.lastname@example.org
All Songs by DeVine/Lewis
except “Alligator People” DeVine/Lewis/White
© Lewis Canon ASCAP 2013
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