Big sound for new Mottau, Drew & Clark album

  • The band of Mottau, Drew & Clark released their latest album 'Revelation/Revolution' on Oct. 1. Courtesy photo

  • 'Revelation/Revolution' by Mottau, Drew & Clark. Courtesy photo—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/20/2020 3:30:57 PM

Eddie Mottau has many claims to fame. He was the first person to play at the legendary Folkway in Peterborough, played guitar on John Lennon’s last three albums – post Beatles mania – and Paul Stookey’s “Revolution”.

For almost 57 years, Mottau has been making music and now with longtime friends and musician counterparts Bob Drew and Jimmy Clark, the trio have released yet another album, “Revelation/Revolution”.

When Mottau first moved to Lyndeborough from New York City in 1973, he found a connection with Drew and Clark over their shared passion for creating tunes. That musical relationship has continued on and off over the last four-plus decades. On Mattau’s 1977 release, Clark played bass and in 2004 the group, known as Mottau, Drew & Clark, put out “Dance for Love”.

Their latest release has been five years in the making.

“We were doing it piecemeal,” Mottau said. The album, which was put together at Clarkcreative Recording Studio in Amherst, is a collection of “some tunes that were written quite a while ago, and some tunes that were written more recently,” Mottau said.

It’s folk music at its core, and  touches upon a number of heavy subjects with a few songs about drug addiction, others about the current happenings in the country, war and an Irish track titled “Bloody Sunday”.

“There’s a lot of stuff to think about,” Mottau said.

In addition to Mottau on guitar, Drew on harmonica and percussion, and Clark on bass, mandolin and some guitar, they brought on another host of musicians to complete the necessary sound they were looking for. Mottau’s son Ed played drums, Wendy Keith was a background vocalist and Steve Baker of Beatlejuice tickled the ivory.

“It’s a pretty big sound for a folk album,” Mottau said. Of the 11 songs, eight are originals, while Mottau, Drew and Clark also put out their own version of Stookey’s “Revolution”, which Mottau told him was better than the original, and Mary Chapin Carpenter’s “I Have a Need for Solitude”.

“It’s a pretty well rounded album,” Mottau said of “Revelation/Revolution”. “I think it’s our best album to date.”

While Mottau gave up his touring days many years ago, the passion for creating has never subsided since he got into the business at the age of 20.

“It’s something that happens through you. It’s in my blood,” Mottau said. “It’s a passion to the point where you don’t have a choice. It’s a very creative process and so fantastic.”

He still likes to perform, when it’s safe to do so, but prefers smaller, local shows. Although its the love for the writing process that still burns deep inside.

“If I get an idea for a song, I have to finish it,” Mottau said. “The music, it’s in me and I need to get it out. The ideas just keep flowing.”

Over the last handful of years, they’ve spent time in the recording studio and put together more songs for the album. It wasn’t looked at as a way to make money, but more to put out some tunes that people want to hear.

“It’s a labor of love,” Mottau said. “Making a living in the music business is very difficult.”

Since its release on Oct. 1, “Revelation/Revolution” has been getting a lot of play in New Zealand, New York state and Gallup, New Mexico, Mottau said. The album is available at the Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough, as well as on Amazon, Spotify and CD Baby. There are also a few videos on Youtube, with more to come.

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