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November Member Concert with Eddie Berman
Saturday November 18, 2017 3:00 pm
Eddie Berman

The title of singer-songwriter Eddie Berman?s new album, Before the Bridge, refers to the period of time in the LA-based musician?s life between getting married and the birth of his first child. It was that span, spent mulling the decision (and consequences) of creating a life, that also inspired this crowning musical work. The album was written and recorded during that one-year interim, as Berman was coming down from the crest of his lauded 2014 self-released debut LP, Polyhymnia. The songs on Before the Bridge draw, more than ever before, from Berman?s own life experiences, resulting in a rich, evocative, and moving collection.

"My wife and I were being confronted with the somewhat unknowable complexities of trying to bring a life into the world?and specifically into the little sphere of our lives, living in Los Angeles in 2016," Berman says. "My writing falls between being autobiographical, narrative, and a bit obtuse?but each of these songs were certainly informed by my own life."

Berman grew up in Southern California and taught himself guitar and piano. He fell in love with the troubadour styles of Bob Dylan and Dave Van Ronk as a teenager and learned to fingerpick on his father?s 1950s Martin guitar, first writing his own songs as a college student at Berkeley. He made waves in the acoustic music world half a decade ago when his bedroom demos were given significant airplay on influential LA radio station KCRW. In 2013 his EP Blood & Rust, featuring duets with British artist Laura Marling, along with his subsequent international tours, connected him to an even bigger audience. All the while, Berman steadily developed his craft while staying true to a familiar formula.

Despite an open-tuning change and adding a bit more percussion and harmony, the sound of Before the Bridge retains the stark, elemental power of Berman?s former work. ?I love the sound of just a person with their instrument and their voice,? Berman says. ?That?s always been what?s spoken to me the most.? In addition to that foremost calling card, the album was recorded with his same crew of expert musicians from Polyhymnia: Gabe Feenberg, Gabe Davis, Sarah Pigion, and Polly Hall, with engineer/mixer Pierre De Reeder?and in the same manner: tracked live, together in a single room, in only two days.

Eddie is performing a special concert for both Members of WUMB and Club Passim on a firm come, first served basis.

Doors will be a t 2pm.

Showtime is 3pm

Directions to the Concert

If you're already a WUMB Member (at a minimum of $72 or more annually) you and one guest can attend upcoming member concerts for free (space permitting) by calling in your reservation at 617-287-6902, or send us an email. Please include your name, member number, either daytime phone or email, and the number of seats you would like to reserve. Please note that the number of seats you are able to reserve is contingent upon your level of membership and the higher your level of membership, the more guests you can bring for free.

If you have questions about your membership benefits, contact our membership office at or call 617-287-6902. Remember that seating is limited, so make your reservations early. Please tell us immediately if you need to cancel your reservations so that others will be able to attend.

If you're not already a member of WUMB Radio, or if your membership has lapsed, call the membership office at 617-287-6902 or click here to Join today.

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