Go West at Bass Hall Saturday

  • Marc Berger. Courtesy photo

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, February 08, 2018 7:33AM

Marc Berger wants you to hear the West when you listen to his new album, “Ride.” But he doesn’t want you to stop there; he wants to you feel it, see it — be it.

“How to make recordings that were very three-dimensional and visual and made you see images when you listen to them was something that took us years,” Berger said.

Berger’s from New York, but he’s spent years in the West. One day, he was eating on a Navajo reservation when he spotted a book — “The Big It” by A.B. Guthrie, a lesser-known Western novelist in the vein of Zane Grey or Cormac McCarthy. Berger devoured that short story collection and much of the Guthrie catalog, and was inspired to document the West in his own way.

“It’s a very rich artistic culture when you talk about painters, authors, filmmakers, sculptors, right?” Berger said. “But not a lot of songwriters have approached the subject with the range of what I was looking at or doing, I don’t think.”

Berger and his band, including multi-instrumentalist and Levon Hem-collaborator Joe Flood will perform songs from “Ride” and some unreleased work from a future project Saturday at Peterborough’s Bass Hall at 7:30 p.m.

“It’s a really nice way to present the album,” Berger said.

For tickets and more information, visit monadnockcenter.org/event/music-bass-hall-marc-berger.