Cypress Grove (musician)

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Cypress Grove
man playing guitar with hat on
Background information
Born1959 (age 59–60)
London, England
GenresAlternative rock
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, songwriter, composer, producer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, drums
Years active1979-present
LabelsGlitterhouse, Rustblade
Associated actsJeffrey Lee Pierce, Lydia Lunch

Cypress Grove (born 1959 in London) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, composer and producer.

Biography[edit]

Cypress Grove was born into a musical family. He was taught by his father, a professional jazz drummer, to play drums from a very early age, but by the time he turned 16, his passion became the guitar.[1][2]

Musical career[edit]

Cypress Grove & Jeffrey Lee Pierce

As his passion for the guitar developed he became infatuated with pre-war acoustic blues. This led to an encounter in 1988 with Jeffrey Lee Pierce from The Gun Club who shared similar interests and which grew into a collaboration on an album of roots material, Ramblin' Jeffrey Lee and Cypress Grove with Willie Love in 1992.[3][4] Cypress and Jeffrey went on to tour the album both with a band and as an acoustic duo.[5]

In October 1994, Pierce and Grove were filmed for Henri-Jean Debon's Hard Times Killin' Floor Blues[6] The film was eventually released in 2008.[7]

Ten years after, Pierce died of a brain hemorrhage in 1996, Cypress discovered a tape of them rehearsing songs that Jeffrey had written. These were works in progress, and while the quality was deemed too poor for release, Cypress invited a number of musicians to record the songs properly and help him complete them.[8][9] This series became known as The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Session Project,[10][11][12][13][14] an endeavour that has currently produced three albums.[15][16][17]

Cypress Grove & Lydia Lunch photo by Beatrice Ciuca

Grove has recorded with a number of musicians including Nick Cave,[18] Debbie Harry,[19][20] Chris Stein, Mark Lanegan, Iggy Pop, Isobel Campbell, Thurston Moore, Warren Ellis, The Raveonettes, Crippled Black Phoenix, Mick Harvey, David Eugene Edwards, Hugo Race, Bertrand Cantat, Barry Adamson, Lydia Lunch, Jim Sclavunos, Mark Stewart and James Johnston.

In 2010, Cypress Grove and Lydia Lunch recorded A Fistful of Desert Blues.[21][22][23]

In 2017 they get together once again to record a covers album called Under The Covers.[24]

In 2019 he wrote and performed the song "The Singing Tree" for the feature film "Lucania" by Gigi Roccati[25].

Discography[edit]

The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project[edit]

  • We Are Only Riders, 2009
  • The Journey Is Long, 2012
  • Axels & Sockets, 2014

Bibliography[edit]

  • Cave and the Seventh Art: The cinematic imagination in Kinchin-Smith S (eds) Read Write [Hand]: A Multi-Disciplinary Nick Cave Reader, Silkworms Ink, 2012, 36-38[26]
  • The Curtains Parting in Kinchin-Smith S (eds) Read Write [Hand]: A Multi-Disciplinary Nick Cave Reader, Silkworms Ink, 2012, 126-129[27]
  • Preface to Gun Club, 24 Histoires pour Jeffrey Lee Pierce[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Journey is worth it: Cypress Grove tells the Jeffrey Lee Sessions Project story". I-94 Bar.
  2. ^ "Cypress Grove". Rustblade.
  3. ^ "Ramblin' Jeffrey Lee & Cypress Grove With Willie Love – Ramblin' Jeffrey Lee | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. 27 March 1992. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Gun Club – Ramblin' Jeffrey Lee Pierce & Cypress Grove with Willie Love | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards" (in Italian). Rootshighway.
  5. ^ "Jeffrey Lee Pierce". From The Archives. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  6. ^ [film.http://www.lemonde.fr/culture/article/2010/01/09/les-incantations-blues-punk-de-jeffrey-lee-pierce_1289642_3246.html Hard Times Killin' Floor Blues | Film/Documentary].
  7. ^ Hard Times Killin' Floor Blues | Film/Documentary.
  8. ^ "The journey is worth it: Cypress Grove tells the Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project story". i-94 Bar. 14 May 2012.
  9. ^ "Preaching The Blues: Remembering The Gun Club's Jeffrey Lee Pierce". Double J. 9 July 2014.
  10. ^ "Les incantations blues punk de Jeffrey Lee Pierce | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Le Monde (in French).
  11. ^ "We Are Only Riders – The JLP Sessions Project (Glitterhouse) | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". The Independent.
  12. ^ "Nick Cave and Blondie's Debbie Harry duet on The Gun Club tribute album | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". NME.
  13. ^ "Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Thurston Moore and Jim Sclavunos play Nobody's City – new music | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". The Guardian.
  14. ^ "Glitterhouse Records :: Artists". Label.glitterhouse.com. 30 March 2012. Archived from the original on 11 November 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  15. ^ "Various Artists We Are Only Riders – The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project Review | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". BBC.
  16. ^ "The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project – The Journey Is Long Review | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". BBC.
  17. ^ "The Shoebox in the Attic: Jeffrey Lee Pierce and the Last Crusade | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Exeunt Magazine.
  18. ^ "Nick Cave and Blondie's Debbie Harry duet on The Gun Club tribute album | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Uncut.
  19. ^ "Debbie to contribute to new JLP Sessions Project compilation 'Axels & Sockets' | DEBORAH-HARRY [dot] COM | NEWS & UPDATES". Deborah-harry.com. Archived from the original on 19 March 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  20. ^ "The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project". Facebook. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  21. ^ "A Fistful of Desert Blues CD | Rustblade – Label and Distribution". Rustblade. Archived from the original on 17 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  22. ^ "Lydia Lunch and Cypress Grove – A Fistful of Desert Blues More than just art for art's sake..." About.com. Archived from the original on 25 February 2015. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  23. ^ "Lydia Lunch to release acoustic blues album". Regenmag.com. 10 January 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  24. ^ "Under The Covers CD | Rustblade – Label and Distribution". Rustblade. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  25. ^ "Lucania –". Fabrique Entertainment, Moliwood Films, Rai Cinema -. 2019.
  26. ^ Sam Kinchin-Smith (ed.). "Read Write [Hand]: A Multi-Disciplinary Nick Cave Reader –". Silkworms Ink -.
  27. ^ Sam Kinchin-Smith (ed.). "Read Write [Hand]: A Multi-Disciplinary Nick Cave Reader –". Silkworms Ink -.
  28. ^ Jean-Noël Levavasseur (ed.). "Gun Club, 24 Histoires pour Jeffrey Lee Pierce –". Camion Blanc -.