After playing live together since 2008, Sasha Dobson, Norah Jones and Catherine Popper have at last taken their collaboration into the studio for their debut album, No Fools, No Fun.
While she's released five studio albums, sold 40 million albums and won 9 Grammys, Norah Jones can't seem to get enough of changing things up! By our count, this is the 100th recording project with which she's been involved in this short century, so it's safe to say she's a serial collaborator. And she kills 'em all. Puss N Boots is no different: a trio of like-minded gals that finds Ms. Jones combining forces with pals Sasha Dobson - a fixture on the NYC singer songwriter scene and a frequent NoJo cohort - and Catherine Popper - a noted bass player who's played with Ryan Adams, Jack White and Grace Potter - for a fun-filled female trio. Their album No Fools, No Fun is a combo of classic country tunes (Johnny Cash, George Jones covers) and roots rock pearls (Neil Young, the Band) with more recent alt-country faves (Wilco, Jeb Loy Nichols) and original songs from each of the members that all simmers together right nice for a proper musical stew.
Recorded at Studio G in Brooklyn with engineer/mixer Joel Hamilton, No Fools, No Fun includes five original songs two each from Dobson and Popper and one from Jones and seven spirited cover tunes, all culled from Puss n Boots live repertoire. The 12-song collection takes its name from the lyrics of Bull Rider, a Rodney Crowell song made famous by Johnny Cash. Bull Rider is one of three album tracks that Puss n Boots recorded live in June of 2013 at The Bell House. Over the years, they have also performed at the Bridge School Benefit, played stadiums with the Beastie Boys on the Get Out The Vote tour and joined Wilco onstage at Madison Square Garden, singing background vocals on Jesus, Etc., a song that Puss n Boots interprets on No Fools, No Fun.
We had talked about recording for a long time. A listen to the live recordings of one of the Bell House shows gave us a kick in the pants, says Catherine Popper. The record is a snapshot of what we do, warts and all.
Down By The River is one of my all time favorite Neil Young recordings and I've always had this fantasy of playing it and rocking the guitar solo, recalls Norah Jones. I never really thought I'd have the guts to do it, but that's sort of what this band has always been about, trying new things. We always egg each other on, whether it was Sasha playing drums, or Cat singing an original song for the first time on stage.
We have always thrived on our live performance. We rage onstage, says Sasha Dobson. Its exciting to think the positive energy thats created from this band could reach beyond a small club in Brooklyn.
1. Leaving London Tom Paxton cover
2. Bull Rider (live) Rodney Crowell tune made famous by Johnny Cash
3. Twilight cover of The Band song written by Robbie Robertson
4. Sex Degrees of Separation Sasha Dobson original
5. Don't Know What It Means Norah Jones original
6. Down By The River (live) Neil Young cover
1. Tarnished Angel (live) Roger Miller tune made famous by George Jones
2. Jesus, Etc. Wilco cover
3. Always Catherine Popper original
4. GTO Jeb Loy Nichols cover
5. Pines Catherine Popper original
6. You'll Forget Me Sasha Dobson original