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. Culling high praise from music fans and critics alike, the genre-bending tracks on BLOODY CUPID established Vicki and Van as a formidable songwriting team with terrific vocal and instrumental performances to match. The album’s adult songs for an adult world offer deadly accurate insights into the rollercoaster ride that love can be for bruised (bloody?) hearts.
The second Loveland Duren album, NEXT, continues their adventurous musical journey. 9 new tracks were recorded and mixed at legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis with engineer/guitarist Adam Hill, and once again feature some amazing Memphis players. Each song was recorded and mixed in just two sessions over two days, at a pace of one song per month. This approach produced a new batch of recordings with a more immediate feel, while spotlighting compositional boundaries pushed way beyond the first album’s songs. The end result is a startling sonic peregrination through the darkness and light of life, death, love, and loss.
Vicki Loveland and Van Duren have delivered another authentic, powerful album that is a soundtrack for the times we live in. Check out NEXT, come out to a live show, and spread the good word.