Phil Cody, a distinguished folk singer/songwriter recently announced the release of Cody Sings Zevon, an album that honors the late Warren Zevon, with whom Cody toured in the 90s. Cody explained that, “in the summer of 2013, adrift personally and professionally, uninspired to do much songwriting of my own, and badly in need of a lighthouse, I turned to my old friend and mentor, Warren Zevon, for inspiration, motivation and the guiding light to lead me back to shore.” Elmore Magazine initially streamed the album, which is available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon and BandCamp.
The 12-track album includes stripped down versions of Zevon’s songs, pulled from all albums throughout his career. Cody Sings Zevon is Cody’s fifth full-length album, including his 1994 cassette-only self-release, The Cool Buffalo, and three albums recorded under Interscope Records, who signed Cody in 1995.
Cody’s new album also marks his return to the scene, with a full-length studio album of original material expected in 2015.
Cody met Zevon in 1994 when he took the supporting slot on the second half of Zevon’s solo US tour. “We met that first night in Nebraska. I played a version of the old traditional ballad ‘Shenandoah,’ which he complemented me on,” says Cody. “That tour ended with Warren inviting me to join him on a late night visit to Hunter S. Thompson’s Owl Farm after a gig at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen – we were blown away!”
After signing with Interscope Records and releasing his Sons of Intemperance album in 1995, Cody hopped on tour with Zevon again for his winter and spring tours. “We played everywhere on this tour, and I mean everywhere! Warren could do that; drop anchor every couple hundred miles or less and fill the room, everything from bars to night clubs to small theaters. We played eight or nine shows just in Florida alone! We were a small group on that tour and got to know each other very well.”
Shortly after Zevon passed, Cody was interviewed and subsequently quoted multiple times in what remains the legendary songwriter’s definitive biography, I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead: The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon, which was written by Zevon’s ex-wife, Crystal Zevon. “It’s an honor that snippets of my brief yet intimate time with him were deemed worthy of inclusion,” says Cody.
Cody celebrated the album release at the Crescent Hotel in Los Angeles on November 23, 2014, where he performed with his full band, featuring Steve McCormick on guitar and Eduardo Tancredi on drums).
Cody has scheduled three other shows in January 2015, in support of another legendary singer/songwriter, Marc Cohn. Among his select tour dates will be a concert at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano on January 15, 2015, as well as stops at the City Winery in Napa on January 7 and at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach on January 14..
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