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Barenaked Ladies at Ridgefield Playhouse

By Linda Tuccio-Koonz

 
Published 4:52 pm, Friday, April 21, 2017

It’s only been two weeks since Barenaked Ladies released its innovative/entertaining album with renowned a cappella group, The Persuasions, but more BNL is on the way.

The Canadian band will drop its own new album after the summer, and meanwhile is on a spring tour that includes at stop at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Thursday, April 27.

This Grammy-nominated group has been combining humor with an eclectic mix of folk and pop/rock for nearly three decades, and is especially known for “The Big Bang Theory” — the theme song for the popular television show of the same name. Between that and hits such as, “One Week,” the Ladies have sold more than 14 million albums.

Singer/musician Kevin Hearn, 47, shared more during a phone interview. Hearn, who lives in Toronto and plays keyboards and guitar, said the upcoming BNL album is called “Fake Nudes,” and that he very much enjoyed his band’s collaboration with the “kings of a cappella” to create “Ladies and Gentlemen: Barenaked Ladies and The Persuasions.”

Q: I understand you struck up a friendship with The Persuasions after one of their guys said he liked your sweater at Lou Reed’s memorial. Is that right?

A: ( Laughs) Yes, that’s how we got to talking. I was his touring band leader from 2007 to 2013. Lou loved The Persuasions. He had them open for some of his tours in the ’70s. We were both at the memorial (in 2013). I was excited to meet them.

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Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 E. Ridge. Thursday, April 27, 8 p.m. $110, $90. 203-438-5795, ridgefieldplayhouse.org

Q: What is it about The Persuasions and your band that makes this collaboration so special?

A: I think we are kindred spirits. ... Harmonies have always been an important part of our sound, and harmonies are The Persuasions’ sound, so it’s a good fit.

Q: What can folks expect when you rock the Ridgefield Playhouse?

A: The atmosphere at our shows is usually pretty fun, so that’s what we are going for. There’s a little of everything — human drama, suspense, flamenco, slapstick, tightrope walking... (laughs) yes, that’s about it. We always make up songs at our shows, so we will do that. We don’t preplan them; they’re based on things we see or do. It’s different every time. Someone in audience might have a wonderful beard and we will sing a song about it. We talk about all sorts of things.

Q: “Fake Nudes” comes out this fall. How did it get that name?

A: It’s a play on words, based on what everyone is talking about these days, with fake news. Over the years people have always joked, “You’re not really ladies or naked.” In a way, we are fake nudes. I know the name is kind of comical, but the music is not. ... It’s quite serious and we are pretty proud of it. There’s 14 great new songs. ... We’re really happy with it. We’re not planning to play songs from it at this concert just yet. But who knows, we might play one new one.