“These songs were written as letters to my one year old daughter at a time when I was preparing to say good bye.“
BELOVED is Robert’s sixth album and a heartwarming collection of memoirs that describes the journey of how he and his wife became a family to their adopted daughter.
“We first met our daughter as foster parents when she was just 3 days old. But after one year in our care she was returned to her birthmother. So many of these songs were written as part of a grieving process with the hope that she would hear them one day and know how I felt about her.”
But in the years that followed, Robert and his wife were reunited to their former foster child, allowed to be Godparents and eventually invited by her birth mother to be her adopted parents.
Produced by Robert with Graig Markel (Band of Horses, Nada Surf, Jim Carroll), BELOVED was recorded in Seattle with a cast of fellow songwriters. Jen Wood (The Postal Service) gives a stunning vocal on “To Find You” and alongside the harmonies of Tomo Nakayama on “Coal Miner” (also “Uncertain” and “The Mulberry Bird”). Shenandoah Davis guests on “The Mulberry Bird” and Tara Ward opens with “Sunshine” (a haunting version of You Are My Sunshine within a minor key) and then reappears on the title track.
Instrumentally Robert is joined by Josh Golden (Damien Jurado/Pedro The Lion), Shenandoah Davis and old band mates Kris Rosentrator, Antoine Arvizu, Tony Green (from his 1998 release EarthSide Down). The album features lush strings throughout with an arrangement by Ric Hordinski (Monk/Over The Rhine) on the title track “Beloved.”
Robert Deeble’s first debuted in the mid 90’s and he has continued to quietly publish meaningful releases since that time. His last record Heart Like Feathers received critical acclaim with regular rotation on Sirius XM’s The Loft. He has performed alongside such artists as Low, Ida, M Ward, Sam Phillips, Over The Rhine, Papa M and Victoria Williams.
Past Reviews for Robert Deeble
“Music that unfolds in its own time, utterly comfortable and at ease.” - THE BIG TAKEOVER
“Heart Like Feathers sensitively captures the shades of life’s pain and joy” - NO DEPRESSION
“Truly an arresting talent, able to gain entry to places rarely imagined by most songwriters” -PASTE
“I’m not sure I’d want to start rowing toward a deserted island without it.” -BLURT (9 out of 10 Stars)
“It’s beautiful music for the sake of beautiful music, and what’s better is that it’s believable.” -SEATTLE WEEKLY
“An album’s worth of finely wrought songs, tinged with sadness and redeemed by compassion.” -iTUNES (editorial)
“The pained and yearning Deeble comes off like a worthy descendent and disciple of Leonard Cohen.” -EMUSIC (4 out 5 Stars)
“The songs are dark and tight, instruments don’t play with individual personality, they are bent to the will of the song.” -AMERICANA UK