The December Record of the Month, the last one of 2019, was Come On Up To The House: Women Sing Waits – a tribute to legendary songwriter Tom Waits in honor of his 70th birthday helmed by a formidable group of female singer/songwriters. The double-vinyl album was pressed on translucent orange vinyl exclusively for the club, and includes an etching of the album art on side D!
The compilation features Patty Griffin, Aimee Mann, Rosanne Cash, Corinne Bailey Rae, Joseph, The Wild Reeds, Phoebe Bridgers, and more! Check out the whole track list on the left of this page.
From the curator, Drew Holcomb…
Tom Waits is one of the most enigmatic artists in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. Part circus barker, part brooding master of the love song, part campfire storyteller, he is one of the most respected songwriters in the history of the medium. I fell in love with his work in college, and while he rarely tours, his show in 2006 at the Ryman in Nashville is easily the best concert I have ever seen.
Here, on Come On Up To The House: Women Sing Waits, a who’s who of legendary female artists take turns bringing their own spin to a dozen of Waits’ best songs. From Rosanne Cash to Corinne Bailey Rae, Joseph to Patty Griffin, the interpreters on this record are all formidable songwriters, and you can hear not just a singer’s take but a writer’s respect in their tributes. My personal favorites are Kat Edmonson’s “You Can Never Hold Back Spring” and Angie McMahon’s stunning and haunting version of “Take it With Me.”
When I dreamed up this club, this type of record is exactly what I had in mind; a new expression of a classic work, while discovering a dozen artists in the process. I can’t believe we get to send you this record. I hope you enjoy it and find yourself a handful of new favorite artists and a portal in the world of Waits.
– Drew Holcomb