Lagniappe (la ·gniappe) noun ‘lan-ˌyap,’ — 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus.
One foot in the past, one in the present. Enter Pearl Charles. Having exited the country leaning Driftwood Singers in 2012, followed by a brief stint in the garage drumming for Blank Tapes, Charles has carved out her own path of late. Mining the indigenous coast and canyon sounds emanating from her native Los Angeles, her latest work is imbued with an increased sense of self. Here, we find Charles paying tribute to the late great Sir Doug Sahm, covering “At The Crossroads”, along with her take on the evergreen “Superstar” — penned by Bonnie Bramlett and Leon Russell, covered by many.
The artist, in her own words, below . . .
I was reintroduced to The Carpenters through the Todd Haynes’ student film Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, in which he recreates her life using Barbie dolls. You can watch here. I had been familiar with the song prior but had no idea that the song was actually written by Bonnie Bramlett of Delaney & Bonnie and Leon Russell and was originally titled “Groupie (Superstar)”.
Recorded, Produced and mixed by Kenny Woods. July 2016
Additional Musicians: John M.F. Anderson (Bass and lead guitar), Chris “Dixie” Darley (Guitar and background vocals), Connor “Catfish” Gallaher (Pedal steel), Drew Erickson (Piano and keys), Richard “Chauncey” Gowen (Drums and percussion).