Judee Sill Trib Due: Orton, Nadler, More


Admirable attempt to
up the profile of the late singer-songwriter.


By Blurt Staff


On September
22, American Dust will release CRAYON ANGEL: A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF JUDEE
, featuring new recordings by artists including Beth Orton, Bill
Callahan, Ron Sexsmith, Final Fantasy, Nicolai Dunger, Marisa Nadler & Black
Hole Infinity, Colossal Yes (with members of Six Organs of Admittance and
Comets on Fire), Meg Baird, Frida Hyvönen, and Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear
and Department of Eagles. (See full track list below.)

Judee Sill was the first artist signed to David Geffen’s Asylum Records and
released two cherished cult LPs, 1971’s Judee Sill and 1973’s Heart
, before vanishing from the music scene and eventually dying of a drug
overdose in North Hollywood,
California in 1979. Though
forgotten for years, her music has enjoyed a period of rediscovery since her
two studio albums were reissued on CD in 2005.

In addition to cover versions of songs from Judee’s modest recorded output, Crayon
also features a pair of previously unheard Sill songs for which sheet
music, but no known original recordings, survive. Beth Orgon brings to life the
complex and lovely “Reach for the Sky,” while Bill Callahan records
the epic slow-burn number “Like a Rainbow,” a co-write with Judee’s
onetime boyfriend Lal Baum (great-grandson of Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum).





01 Ron
Sexsmith: “Crayon Angel”
02 Beth Orton: “Reach for the Sky”
03 Daniel Rossen: “Waterfall”
04 Frida Hyvönen: “Jesus Was a Cross Maker”
05 Shalants: “Lopin Along Thru the Cosmos”
06 Final Fantasy: “The Donor”
07 Nicolai Dunger: “Soldier of the Heart”
08 Trembling Blue Stars: “Lady-O”
09 Colossal Yes: “The Phoenix”
10 Marissa Nadler & Black Hole Infinity: “The Kiss”
11 Princeton: “Down Where the Valleys Are Low”
12 The Bye Bye Blackbirds: “There’s a Rugged Road”
13 Meg Baird: “When the Bridegroom Comes”
14 Bill Callahan: “For a Rainbow”
15 P.G. Six: “Til Dreams Come True”





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