Making her third appearance on Mountain Stage, Madeleine Peyroux performs songs from her latest album, Bare Bones. Though her previous releases (Half the Perfect World and Careless Love) have featured a handful of her own songs, Peyroux is highly regarded as an interpreter who puts her jazzy, soul-drenched voice to material by writers like Hank Williams, Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell.
On Bare Bones, Peyroux shares songwriting credits throughout with the likes of Steely Dan's Walter Becker and producer Larry Klein. "Instead," the song she describes as her only happy song, was written with Julian Coryell. Introducing "Somethin' Grand," Peyroux references her friend and fellow Mountain Stage guest, Jill Sobule (heard here later this week).
Peyroux accompanies herself on acoustic guitar, achieving a delightfully sparse cabaret feel. She's joined by Pat Bergeson on guitar, mandolin and harmonica and Darren Beckett on drums.
The set ends with Mountain Stage pianist Bob Thompson's instrumental take on Jerry Jeff Walker's "Mr. Bojangles."