Marin IJ's Paul Liberatore Reviews Original Sleeping Lady Cafe founder's 'Just Invoke the 33rd'
Press Play: Original Sleeping Lady Cafe founder's 'Just Invoke the 33rd'
By Paul Liberatore/Marin Independent Journal
Original post: http://www.marinij.com/entertainment/ci_21959186/press-play-original-sle...
Posted: 11/09/2012 07:20:00 AM PST
'Just Invoke the 33rd'
Bill Bramblett, who founded the original Sleeping Lady Cafe in Fairfax in the 1970s, is the mastermind behind "Just Invoke the 33rd,"an often humorous, often left-leaning, always musically accomplished album from his Billy Love Express.
The Sleeping Lady was not only Marin's first vegetarian restaurant, but it was also a hippie-era showcase for such early Marin musical talent as the late Laura Allan, the Fairfax Street Choir and the Monkees' Peter Tork, a member of the Sleeping Lady Co-op.
Fittingly, a pair of standout songs on this baker's dozen collection of original tunes are the inspirational rocker "Sign Me Up for the Organic Rebellion," which would have made a great theme song for Proposition 37, and "Tofunction," a punchy horn number that includes a recipe for making tofu.
Bramblett is a member of the Lighthouse Singers, a Marin gospel ensemble, and his clear, strong vocals shine through, particularly on the love song "Tell Me It's Not a Dream" and his paean to the kick of playing live music, "Get the Feelin' Every Day."
There's nothing subtle about the title track, an X-rated rant against duplicitous politicians. And the bluesy "Blue FOIA (Freedom of Information Act)," a simple cry for transparency, features the searing lead guitar of Pat Duffy and is dedicated to Bradley Manning and JulianAssange.
Recorded at Ari Rios' Laughing Tiger Studio in San Rafael, the album spotlights some of the North Bay's finest musicians on a trio of instrumentals — guitarist Bill Craig on "Too Beautiful for Words," flutist Matt Eakle on the lovely "Peace," and pianist Walter Bankovitch and alto saxophonist Dennis Desjardin on the jazzy "Stoney Stroll."
It's comforting to know that Bramblett and his circle of friends, who defined an important era in Marin music history, are still active, still expressing their beliefs and values, and sounding better than ever.
Buy It: "Just Invoke the 33rd," the Billy Love Express, independent, CD Baby, MP3 $9.99, CD $11.99