New Cd: BEAT THE RECORD
Music to me is like water running to the sea, it goes along the shortest lines and around the obstacles. Often in the process of making records all the delays make you wonder and ponder why and if it’s worthwhile trying to create a “definitive version” of songs.
In the end my main aim is to convey the song and its content to the listeners. The most direct and pure way I can see doing this is by sharing the first expression in recording, the original demo. These songs may go on and find their way to studios and records in the future yet, but this is the shortcut, “the demos that may well BEAT THE RECORD” and you heard it first.
(excerpts from liner notes)
Spring 2013- Ad Vanderveen releases a diptych of live authorized bootlegs:
“LIVE AT CROSSROADS” is a solo performance for Crossroads Radio, a roots and Americana station in The Netherlands. In an intimate theatre show Vanderveen features songs from his critically acclaimed 2012 CD “Driven By A Dream”, as well as older favorites. The solo setting makes for intense deliveries, focusing on the content of the songs in a relaxed interaction with the audience. Accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, harmonica, footstomp and piano, Ad moves between sensitive songs, uptempo pieces and piano ballads. Sit back for this one and enjoy an evening of pure and honest acoustic music. MORE INFO AVAILABLE NOW. ORDERS HERE
“LIVE LABOR”, the sequel and counterpart to “Crossroads”, shows another side of Ad Vanderveen in a rocking show with his long-time garage band The O’Neils. On tour in Germany in the spring of 2013, Ad and his band rip through an energetic set of songs, old and new, propelled by an enthousiastic audience. Alongside compact song versions there is plenty of electric guitar improvisation and frenzied jamming on themes like “Well Of Wonder”, “Water Under The Bridge”, and the new and previously unreleased “The Abyss”. Get into a sweaty trance for this one and turn it up! MORE INFO AVAILABLE NOW. ORDERS HERE
A sequel and counterpart to the lately released “Live At Crossroads”
Where “Live At Crossroads” is an intimate acoustic solo performance,
“Live Labor” captures the rocking electric and improvising band spirit.
This is a diptych of authorized bootleg soundcarriers, high-quality live recordings in a limited edition.
“Live Labor” tracklist:
1 Time Has Told 4.15
2 Driven By A Dream 4.20
3 Days Of The Greats 4.12
4 Wouldn’t That Be A Shame 4.20
5 Water Under The Bridge 12.43
6 Will And Testament 3.54
7 Satisfied 7.09
8 Well Of Wonder 10.43
9 Soul Power 10.00
10 The Abyss (new/unreleased) 10.01
Live Labor belated liner notes (pdf)
AD VANDERVEEN - LIVE AT CROSSROADS
The CD features a live solo performance recorded for Crossroads Radio, a Roots/Americana show hosted by Jos van den Boom in Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands.
It is a high quality recording (thanks to Kees Aerts) with a fine selection of repertoire.
The tracklist reads as follows:
1 The Long Way Round
2 Faithful To Love
4 Driven By A Dream
5 Rest In Peace
6 Wouldn’t That Be A Shame
7 The Moment That Matters
8 Cloud Of Unknowing
9 To Say I Love You
10 Good Mourning
11 Will And Testament
12 New World In The Morning
13 Calm Before the Storm
14 Well Of Wonder
15 Soul Power
This is a limited run for fans and followers only, no regular release or download.
Orders through this site now! CLICK HERE
Wouldn’t That Be A Shame
The Moment That Matters
CROSSROADS REVIEWS IN DUTCH/GERMAN:
Photo credit: Robby van der Zande
Driven By A Dream reviews
DRIVEN BY A DREAM****
A craftsman at work
What beautiful songs this man writes and together with the support of some stellar musicians, he is not bad at putting them across either. Vanderveen is now in his mid-50s and although a relative newcomer to the music scene, he even called one of his record releases LATE BLOOMER, he now has a back catalogue of 20 albums and he seems to just get better and better.
These days Ad confines most of his gigs to Holland but fitted in this recording at the famous. and long established Rockfield Studios in Monmouth during some wider European dates early in 2012.
The rocking numbers are good tempo and clearly sung . The relatively mild, as rockers go, Uphill gets thing s going and the driving Wouldn’t That Be A Shame comes in at track five and in between, there is the inspirational title track and the first of two close harmonies with Kersten de Ligny. The blissful Rest In Peace is probably my highlight of the album but there is just so much good material here, as exampled by the other track featuring de Ligny; the poignant expression of love Will And Testament.
The country flavoured Time Has Told and Calm Before The Storm are well worth seeking out; the first the tale of the early struggle to bring up a family and then a graphic tale of living in constant fear for your safety and not being in control of your own liberty. The only one of the eleven songs here that Vanderveen did not write is the closing number; Bob Dylan’s When I Paint My Masterpiece. A quite old song first performed by The Band and then fairly regularly by The Grateful Dead and after the exposure of last year’s New York exhibition of Dylan’s paintings inspired by his recent travels, as very close to a set of quite famous photographs by Henry Cartier Bresson, such thoughts are perhaps now seen as wishful thinking by Dylan.
There is purity to Vanderveen’s songs and indeed his delivery of them. It is honest, emotional and personal music. Ad is half Canadian Dutch so I guess that Americana and roots are in his blood and he is apparently embarrassed by comparisons to his idol Neil Young, but whatever label you use for his music this is a delightful album.
By Paul Collins, Maverick Magazine UK, May-June 2013
Ad Vanderveen’s penchant for pursuing rugged Americana has made him a reliable journeyman musician for the better part of the past 15 years, although his fame on this side of the Atlantic is far from assured. Nevertheless, the aptly titled Driven by a Dream offers ample reason why he deserves wider recognition. Songs such as “Time Has Told,” “So Happy I Could Cry” and “Will and Testament” reflect lessons well learned from the likes of the Band, Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, and other revered icons who are well skilled at dictating dark, dense narratives that resonate thoroughly even the first time around. Indeed, Vanderveen’s original material sounds like they’re standards, and when he actually tackles a tune that’s thoroughly well known — Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece,” the sole cover included here — he makes it sound as if it’s his own as well. The common bond throughout is Vanderveen’s ability to connect with both the subject matter and with those giving a listen, creating an indelible bond that finds these songs essential listening. And naturally, that’s reason enough to make this, not to mention each of his albums, worthy of recommendation. A thorough recommendation that is.
By Lee Zimmerman – No Depression, October 2012.
Driven By A Dream
Wouldn’t That Be A Shame
Latest reviews in Dutch:
(NL versie) (Deutsch Version) Ad Vanderveen’s music has been growing and building, both artistically and in terms of popularity. His new album ‘Driven By A Dream’ is being met with unprecedented anticipation by music lovers all over Europe and beyond. Just rewards for this singer-songwriter extraordinaire, who has honed his craft since he first climbed a stage forty years ago and has won over audiences all over the world ever since.
Ad Vanderveen is a gifted singer and an ace guitar player, who has written and composed hundreds of timeless songs, released over twenty albums and toured incessantly throughout his native Holland, as well as Germany, Switzerland, Austria, England, the US and Canada. He has worked with big name American artists like Al Kooper, Flaco Jimenez, John Gorka and David Olney and cut albums with Texan songstress Eliza Gilkyson and English folk legend Iain Matthews. He recorded with great producers like Bill Halverson (CSN&Y) and Matt Butler (Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd) in famous recording facilities like Wisseloord in Hilversum and Sound Emporium in Nashville. But he also let the tape machines roll in live venues like De Kleine Komedie in Amsterdam and Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta, in his own basement, or even in a shack in the woods. All this with the undying love for making honest, emotional, personal music in songs that will stand the test of time.
‘Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom’, according to Thomas Jefferson. And in these difficult times, we’re all in need of a little wisdom. Perhaps that’s why singer-songwriters like Ad Vanderveen are so popular now. Their specific brand of honest, pure, straight from the heart music and poetry shines like a beacon of truth in an otherwise chaotic world of confusion, deceit and turmoil. And no brighter beacon than Ad Vanderveen, who, at 56 years of age, only seems to get better. Just listen to ‘Driven By A Dream’, his brand new collection of eleven songs – musically very diverse, but always spot on in bringing his message across to your ears… and heart. Ad recorded the album at Rockfield Studios in Wales, where just about every famous artist in rock history has worked at one time or another. Together with producer Matt Butler, his Dutch band, long-time companion Kersten de Ligny and a couple of hand-picked English session cracks, Vanderveen recorded a selection of songs that belong to the very best of his vast body of work.
‘As long as the songs keep coming, I’ll keep going’, says Vanderveen. ‘I’m inspired by new things all the time. I don’t have any Top 40-hits or formats to live up to when I go out and play, so I have the freedom and necessity to make it new every time. In other words: I don’t have an external drive, I’ve got a drive that comes from inside, from the heart and soul.’
That drive has led Ad Vanderveen to record ‘Driven By A Dream’. It’s no wonder therefore, that this album is – excuse the pun – like a dream come true. Ad will support this release with a lengthy tour throughout Europe. That’s what life is like for a singer and a songwriter who touches so many with his songs: He packs his suitcase, picks up his guitar and travels to places near and far. That’s how it has been in the case of Ad Vanderveen for the last forty years, and so it will be for many, many years to come. Because a lie has speed, but truth has endurance, honest music like Ad’s will last forever…
TjL. August 2012.