August 28, 2011

IN THE FAMILY WAY:

A Family Affair: For a new album, Ollabelle overcame family and financial issues (JOHN JURGENSEN, 8/12/11, WSJ)

To make a gig of his new band Ollabelle in 2002, at a bar without a stage in New York's East Village, bass player Byron Isaacs had to dash away from his wife and first-born child--a daughter delivered earlier that day. Ever since, the dueling commitments of band, business and family have marked the development of this acclaimed roots music group, especially during the long gestation of its new album, "Neon Blue Bird."

When recording began four years ago, singer Amy Helm was pregnant with her first child. By the time sessions resumed in 2008, vocalist Fiona McBain was expecting a baby with drummer Tony Leone. Now, with "Neon Blue Bird" set for release on Tuesday, Ms. Helm is about to give birth to a second son.

"We're not finished starting families," Ms. McBain said over breakfast at a Manhattan restaurant last month. That morning, a babysitter had bowed out, so 2-year-old daughter Georgia accompanied Ms. McBain and Mr. Leone to the interview. As they discussed the making of "Neon Blue Bird," Georgia munched on fruit, recalled a trip to the aquarium, then politely requested a diaper change.




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