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It used to be somewhat of a tradition for one superb singer in love with the gorgeous, sad or quirky work of one sensationally gifted songwriter, to make an album devoted to that tunesmith’s oeuvre. Hillary Bratton, a singer as technically aware as she is emotionally acute, is getting ready to do just that with her release of Tears On My Pillow But The Rest Of The Bed’s Ok. This haunting album is a carefully chosen collection of songs written by Barry Reynolds. Reynolds is best known for the songs he’s written for Marianne Faithfull, as well as Grace Jones (Nightclubbing, Living My Life), Antony & the Johnsons, Brazilian Girls, Baaba Maal, Neville Brothers and a list that goes on.

Bratton, originally from Los Angeles, has a style that’s chill and stoic—a reflection of her experiences having lived in New York City and Paris. For some time she has regarded Reynolds's work as her musical true north and guiding star. After seeing Faithfull perform Reynolds's song, "Guilt," at the Bottom Line, she pursued working with him. “I wanted to make an album, but it was Barry’s songs that were the impetus,” says Bratton. “I wanted to share these songs that I had fallen in love with and for people to know what a great songwriter he is. It’s the only album comprised entirely of his songs.”

The producers who helmed ‘Tears On My Pillow,’ and the musicians who played on it, are some of the most accomplished people in the rock and pop world. Drummer Anton Fier, best known as the founder of the indie supergroup the Golden Palmoninos and as an early member of The Feelies and The Lounge Lizards, produced and played on half of the songs in New York. Tony Berg (Andrew Bird, Blake Mills, Ozomatli) produced the other half in Los Angeles. Tony Berg and Anton Fier both played on the record along with Barry Reynolds on guitar and is joined by other well-known musicians including Irwin Fisch, Tony Scherr, Sebastian Steinberg, Michael Urbano and Patrick Warren. The record was mixed by legendary engineer Bob Clearmountain and mastered by the equally legendary Bob Ludwig.

See Album page for full list credits.