Vicki Loveland has been a singer her entire life, having worked 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”, 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. The album sessions produced a truly unique record that has brought high praise from everyone who has heard it. With Vicki shining on vocals and percussion instruments and Van singing and playing guitars as well as an occasional bass part, they were joined in the studio by some of the best musicians on the planet—Memphis musicians. 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 rollercoaster ride that love can be for bruised (bloody?) hearts. Vicki Loveland and Van Duren have brought the joy and the pain of that journey to life in these songs and recordings.
New Loveland Duren recordings are on the horizon, with the band planning on returning to the studio in 2015. In preparation for a new record, Vicki and Van have been writing new songs and performing them live, allowing the songs to evolve and mature. It’s all new, a departure and progression from the first album. Naturally.
And speaking of live shows, you can find Loveland Duren performing in various formats, from duo to quintet. The set list is a freewheeling sampling of over 30 original songs and a wealth of off the wall covers--and every show is different from the one before. NOT the same old tired clichés--ever.
Vicki Loveland and Van Duren bring seasoned experience, humor, and a truly original vision to the world of popular music. It’s a journey of the spirit. And their music is timeless.