Praise For Where Do I Come From: Selected Songs By Maggie Roche, Out Now
Special concert confirmed for December 4 at New York’s Sheen Center with Suzzy Roche, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Indigo Girls + more special guests & family
Critics and fans alike are applauding the release of the posthumous album, Where Do I Come From, Selected Songs by Maggie Roche (1951-2017), out now. The collection offers a immersive and poignant look at one of our most original American songwriters.
I honestly can’t think of a more important songwriter and more important group to me..she was the most wry, the most deeply observational, the most, at once, sort of down home and philisophical songwriter that I know of. I just long for people to hear her music so much, so I’m so excited that this collection exists for the world to discover.
– ANN POWERS, NPR MUSIC
Her songs were acoustic but not folk music, deeply personal but not introverted, amusing but deeply barbed and too subtle for mass popularity, even as they deeply reached many listeners. “Stayin’ Home” juggles pop ambition against its obstacles.
– JON PARELES, THE NEW YORK TIMES
Gives you an idea of the joyful, searching power of song in general.
– ROBERT SULLIVAN, VOGUE
In celebration of the release experimental filmmaker Lewis Klahr has created a new video for The Roches’ classic “Hammond Song.” Watch here.
Both the album and the video come ahead a special show happening at New York’s The Sheen Center December 4. The unique concert will feature Suzzy Roche along with Lucy Wainwright Roche and special guests The Indigo Girls along with Dave Roche (Suzzy/Maggie’s brother), Oona Roche (Dave’s daughter), Felix McTeigue (Maggie’s son), Rachelle Garniez, Daisy Press, Lyris Hung and Dick Connette of StorySound records.
Maggie, who passed away in 2017 after a long struggle with cancer, was at the center of the long-running and much-admired music group The Roches, created with her sisters Terre and Suzzy. Maggie composed her songs for three voices, fashioning the signature sound of The Roches. Where Do I Come From spans her entire music career, from her 1975 duo album with Terre, through The Roches 2007 reunion record. The collection, which has been compiled in close collaboration with Suzzy, also features four previously unreleased recordings: “Stayin’ Home,” an early song that provides a snapshot of a young feisty Maggie as she ventures out into the world. “Down The Dream,” a live studio track recorded after word that Columbia Records had doubts about the progress Maggie and Terre were making in their recording sessions. (Another version of the song wound up on the 1975 duo album Seductive Reasoning, but this demo is classic, unedited Maggie.) “Where Do I Come From,” the title track, was found among Maggie’s things after her death and is most likely the last song she wrote. The newly recorded Christmas song, “Christmas Love,” was not written in time to make it onto We Three Kings, the Roches cherished 1990 Christmas album. Her family, in loving memory, sings “Christmas Love” for this collection.
Upon her death, Maggie’s listeners stepped forward to exclaim their deep connection to her through her music. Where Do I Come From is for those listeners as well as the many who have yet to discover her music.
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