Elvis Costello: Secret, Profane and Sugarcane Album Review, WRXP Event

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Elvis Costello at Jim Brady's
Elvis singing in front of a painting depicting Diamond Jim Brady

Elvis Costello performed songs from his new album, Secret, Profane and Sugarcane last night at Jim Brady’s, a historic bar located in the financial district of Manhattan. Elvis chose the location due to its proximity to the former location of PT Barnum’s American Museum. Elvis’ interest in Barnum was fired by a visit to the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport CT before a Bob Dylan show he opened a year or two ago. SEE VIDEO AFTER THE JUMP

The album reunites Costello with producer T Bone Burnett, who he worked with on the album King of America. Like that album, this is mostly acoustic music, performed by top musicians. Elvis’ song about Jenny Lind (Barnum’s greatest attraction) and how she treated Hans Christian Anderson, “She Handed Me A Mirror,” is particularly heartbreaking.

The event was well-orchestrated and WRXP programmers Matt Pinfield (welcome back to NYC!) and Leslie Fram did an informed q&a with Elvis after the performance.

Elvis Costello “Complicated Shadows” at Jim Brady’s

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