Vicki Loveland has been a singer her entire life, having worked and recorded with artists as varied as Alex Chilton, Albert Collins, the Funk Brothers, and Albert King. She has built a reputation as one of the most sought-after vocalists around. Paired with her abilities as a writer and producer, Vicki is a powerhouse of talent with a wicked sense of humor and a commanding presence as a performer. Honored in 2014 as an Emissary of Memphis Music by the Memphis Music Commission, there is simply no one else quite like her.
Van Duren has a survivor's story to tell through his 5 decades of recording. A prodigious vocalist and champion of song crafting, Van has performed and recorded with Chris Bell and Jody Stephens of Big Star, Billy Swan, and Ringo Starr (among others) and has released 11 albums, always following his own muse. The result has been a long career of writing and collaborating on great songs and recordings. Van is also featured in the 2013 documentary film, “Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me” (Magnolia Pictures).
Loveland Duren’s first album, BLOODY CUPID (2013), brought these two artists together in a way that surprised anyone who was familiar with their individual works in the past—and everyone else for that matter. It’s a truly unique record that has brought high praise from everyone who has heard it, as well as great reviews from the music press. Co-written by Vicki and Van just prior to and during the sessions, these are adult songs for an adult world, with deadly accurate insights into the roller coaster ride that love can be for bruised (bloody?) hearts. Vicki Loveland and Van Duren brought the joy and the pain of that journey to life on BLOODY CUPID.
The follow up to the first album is now on the horizon, with a new single, “Johnny Boy”, released 9/1/15. Inspired by the loss of two Ardent Studios giants, John Fry and John Hampton, the song was recorded and mixed over 2 days in July at the legendary studio. The second album is slated for a 2016 release. It’s all new and is a departure and progression from the first album. In the meantime, Loveland Duren performs over 100 shows a year. Catch them live, savor the new single, and anticipate more great music from Vicki and Van in 2016!