The enigmatic Madeleine Peyroux takes the stage at Three Stages on Thursday, Aug.23.
Peyroux’s career has been marked by gold-certified records, awards and splendid reviews, but through it all, she has lost none of her compelling ability to reinvent a lyric and give it soul-shaking meaning, fueled by her nuanced vocal shadings and unforgettable voice.
Her current recording, “Standing On the Rooftop,” was produced by Craig Street, best known for his work with k.d. lang, Norah Jones and Cassandra Wilson.
Peyroux wrote solo as well as with a number of collaborators, including former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman. The two met when he approached Peyroux at a jazz festival in Nice.
“He was at the festival to see B.B. King,” Peyroux recalled. “He said ‘I’m a fan of yours. I have all the records.’ And I was actually quite stunned.” That meeting turned into their writing together in London for a week.
“I went to see him every day,” said Peyroux. “We worked on a big handful of songs. There were moments that were like, ‘I’m sitting here with a former Rolling Stone.’ when he was telling me stories, but he’s incredibly down to earth and humble and so very kind. He had a lot of tea, I had a lot of coffee.”
Their caffeine-fueled writing sessions yielded the deliciously funky “The Kind You Can’t Afford.”
Other contributing artists to the recording include guitarist Mark Ribot, bassist Meshell Ndegeocello and legendary New Orleans pianist Allen Toussaint.
The performance is sponsored by Capital Public Radio.
Madeleine Peyroux with Rebecca Pidgeon will perform in Three Stages, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, on Thursday, Aug 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $25 to $35, premium tickets are $45 and students with ID are $12 . They are available online at threestages.net or from the Three Stages ticket office at 916-608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time.