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Old-School Edie


by Alan Melson 22 Oct 2008

Some kind soul with an undoubtedly large collection of VHS tapes recently posted to YouTube a segment from a late-1980s KERA program called “Art’s Eye”.  In the clip below, host Judy Kelly profiles Dallas’ Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians, just as they were reaching stardom thanks to radio hit “What I Am”.  It’s great […]

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Some kind soul with an undoubtedly large collection of VHS tapes recently posted to YouTube a segment from a late-1980s KERA program called “Art’s Eye”. 

In the clip below, host Judy Kelly profiles Dallas’ Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians, just as they were reaching stardom thanks to radio hit “What I Am”.  It’s great to see a very young Edie, Kenny Withrow (late of Undermain Theater’s Greendale) and the other band members talk about their inspirations and motivations, long before they had been run through the major-label wringer. It’s also interesting to see Club Dada and other Deep Ellum spots in their original heyday. Enjoy:

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  • Marci

    The New Bohemians were my introduction to Dallas when I moved here from PA. in 1985- their music was a perfect blend of every type of style I enjoyed and left me always wanting more. The crowds too were a great mix, and the scene in deep ellum just taking off. The New Bo’s gatherings were so great, and their talent so strong,it was hard to watch them tackle stardom and hearing WHAT I AM blasted in grocery stores was mind numbing. But it gave all the fans and I am sure the band life lessons into what the commercial record business is all about.

    I have seen the band over the years in many different incarnations, and love the fact their essence is stil the same- when they are together the jamming commences. Edie has branched out and produced great solo discs nd each member of the band has some great projects going on.
    Also, Greendale with Kenny Withrow, is excellent.
    Thanks for the video-
    Marci