Her covers album “Rock Me Sweet” is available now:https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/rock-me-sweet/id915618037
Portland jazz artist Barbara Lusch is no novice to the heart and grit that fueled the 80s and brought about rock powerhouse numbers from Springsteen, Bowie, Bon Jovi and many other culture icons. In a creative attempt to underline the passion and emotive fervor contained in the lyrics of these rock ballads, Lusch and conductor Earl Rose have slowed the tempos and reinterpreted these songs as sensual and honest jazz numbers.
Lusch’s upcoming cover album, Rock Me Sweet, is a tribute to some of the best love stories in rock music. As Barb puts it, “I wanted to do these songs my way, and bring out the vulnerability and emotional depth of the lyrics”. Barb’s reinterpretations are mesmerizing, alluring, and allow us to hear these rock narratives of the 1980s in a novel way.