Gentleman / Curtis Stigers
1. Lately I’ve Let Things Slide (Nick Lowe) 2. After You’ve Gone (Turner Layton/Henry Creamer) 3. A Lifetime Together (Curtis Stigers/Larry Goldings) 4. Gentle Man (Curtis Stigers/David Poe) 5. As Usual (Larry Goldings/Bill Demain) 6. Remember (David Poe) 7. She Knows (John Fullbright) 8. Here We Go Again (Larry Goldings/Curtis Stigers/David Poe) 9. Shame on the Rain (Tom T. Hall) 10. Under the Snow (David Poe) 11. Learning to Let You Go (Larry
What does it mean to be a gentleman in this day and age? Curtis Stigers found himself confronting that question from a variety of angles as he was preparing for his latest album. On a personal level, he was watching his daughter leave home for college, beginning a new chapter in the era of #MeToo and #TimesUp. Back at home, he was reinventing his own life with a new romance and marriage. On a grander scale, Curtis Stigers found himself, like so many others, enraged by the lack of role models in public life. From the divisive and openly corrupt dealings of politicians to the exposed underbelly of the entertainment industry, it became increasingly difficult to find an example of manhood worth looking up to. His new album thus offers a wry yet elegant reassessment of the modern male. It arrives with a Spring bouquet of heartfelt songs that offer a unique view of love and loss from the perspective of a hopeless romantic who’s been through the gamut of emotion and lived to tell the tale. At times sardonic, not immune to drowning his sorrows in one (or two) too many, Curtis Stigers nonetheless remains a true gentleman, even when he comes bearing more thorns than roses. Along with his own lyrical observations, penned in collaboration with longtime partners Larry Goldings and David Poe, Stigers also commiserates and celebrates with the words of top songwriters like Nick Lowe, Tom T. Hall and John Fulbright. He finds the perfect mood for each tune with a stellar band ‐ pianist and organist Larry Goldings (James Taylor), bassist David Piltch (k.d. lang), drummer Austin Beede (Alastair Greene Band), trumpeter John “Scrapper” Sneider (Madeleine Peyroux), percussionist Doug Yowell (Duncan Sheik) and cellist Jody Ferber (Esperanza Spalding).