Having been a fixture of on the Dutch and Belgian underground music scenes for over a decade, Bruce Bherman will release his first single in the UK on March 19th 2012. Having released six studio albums since his 1999 debut ‘The Corridor’, new single ‘Big Sized’ is taken from Bherman’s forthcoming new EP (Untagged), due out on (2nd of April), on (AKR Records).
In 2009, with five albums under his belt, Bherman, of British/Flemish descent, decided to spread his wings and travelled to Nashville, TN, to work with producer Mark Nevers (Tindersticks, Bonnie Prince Billy, Charlie Louvin, Andrew Bird) for his 2010 album ‘Untagged Friends’. Happy with the result, Bherman turned to Nevers again for production duties on his latest album.
Working at Nevers’ Beech House Studios with musicians Tony Crow, Kurt Wagner of Americana band Lambchop + Chris Scruggs (grandson of), Bherman and Mark Pisapia (Josh Rouse and K.D. Lang) recorded ‘Radio Girl’ and future singles ‘Big Sized Girl’ and ‘I’ll Wait For You In Line’. While these new tracks maybe a departure from Bherman’s previous Eno-influenced albums ‘Two Boys’ (2006) and ‘Attitudes’ (2007), Bherman is quick to acknowledge he has always had eclectic taste.
“My father was a jazz pianist and introduced me to the genius of Thelonious Monk and Art Tatum,” Bherman says. “There were plenty of other legends on rotation – my mother loved Jim Reeves, Nat King Cole and Johnny Cash, while my sister was obsessed with the French pop stars of the day. I soaked it all up.”
Bherman would later be influenced by the British Folk scene, with Nick Drake, Bert Jansch, Tim Buckley and John Martyn (the latter of whom Bruce once lived with at his home in Hastings) never far from the record player. Now with, the new added Americana influence, Bruce Bherman will shortly announce a series of UK dates to support the release of ‘Big Sized’ and new EP (Untagged).