Kristin Mueller is serious locked in with her bandmates in Lucinda Black Bear. (© 2010 Steven P. Marsh/www.willyoumissme.com)
In-demand freelance drummer celebrates her move to Brooklyn with a set of her own songs at Park Slope’s Union Hall
You know Kristin Mueller‘s name. You’ve seen her name on this blog, and have read about her elsewhere. You’ve almost surely seen her behind the drum kit in many great local, national, and international acts — from Lucinda Black Bear and Gloria Deluxe to Dan Zanes and DBR (Daniel Bernard Roumain), along with some of Cynthia Hopkins’ stage shows.
What you may not realize is that she’s an accomplished singer-songwriter, too. But she’s so busy drumming for others that her own work has taken a back seat. (It’s hard to believe, but it looks like she hadn’t released anything under her name before this year’s Deserts & Long Trails — which you can buy on Bandcamp by tapping or clicking here — since Ports of Call in 2006.)
Here’s a video of “Fault” from Deserts & Long Trails:
If you’ve seen her play, her percussion skills aren’t even slightly in doubt. She’s an energetic drummer who is always laser-focused and locked in on her bandmates. But she’s no slouch as a songwriter, either. While her songs exhibit the colors of indie country and pop rock, like many of the bands she works with. But she’s followed her own path, resulting in a distinctive, personal take on the genres.
After the jump, read more about where and when Mueller is playing tonight, along with ticket info and links. Continue reading
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Tagged Bird Dog, C Gibbs, Cynthia Hopkins, Dan Zanes, DBR, Deserts & Long Trails, Ditmas Park, Gloria Deluxe, Jersey City, Kristin Mueller, Lucinda Black Bear, The Woes, Union Hall
- Lucinda Black Bear (Chad Hammer, Christian Gibbs, Kristin Mueller, Mike Cohen) onstage at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn in February. (Photos copyright 2010, Steven P. Marsh)
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It’s good to see Lucinda Black Bear gearing up for a new album. And the first track, “Percival,” is out and it’s great. It’s also a song that conveniently references bears — in this case dancing bears, a subject that might get PETA interested!
Lucinda Black Bear is an energetic country-folk-rock band fronted by one of Will You Miss Me’s favorite musicians, Christian Gibbs. We discovered him when he joined the band for Passing Strange on Broadway, and quickly revealed himself as a fantastic guitarist and an all-around charismatic presence.
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Tagged Bang on a Can, Chad Hammer, Christian Gibbs, Gillian Rivers, Kenny Savelson, Knitting Factory Brooklyn, Kristin Mueller, Lucinda Black Bear, Mike Cohen, Passing Strange, PETA, The Droves