Video Premiere: Curtis Eller’s American Circus – “Lenny Bruce”


Curtis Eller, whose American Circus debuts its new song, “Lenny Bruce” here on MusicTAP today, is a banjo player, songwriter and rock & roll singer. A twenty-year show business veteran, Eller and his band have developed a devoted international following based on dynamic, highly physical stage performances and an extensive catalog of curious phonographic recordings. The iconoclastic musician has spent more than a decade relentlessly touring the club, theatre and festival stages of North America and Europe.  Eller is a gifted and prolific songwriter whose banjo-driven songs describe a dream-like vision of American history where all points in time have collapsed into one. Eller and the band are preparing to release a new full-length album on which they have augmented their indelicate, rock & roll rhythms with a tempestuous cloud of horns and an graceless choir of backsliders in their quest to bring Eller’s historically evocative compositions to vivid, cinematic life.

THE MURDER BARN SESSION? Following a tracking session for their forthcoming album, Curtis Eller and the members of The American Circus gathered in a beautifully dilapidated barn in rural North Carolina and filmed a series of live performance videos. The band blasted through five numbers, including three songs from the new album, one from the vault, and a cover of a Pete Seeger classic. “Lenny Bruce” is a musical tribute to the legendary comedian, who became and unintentional martyr to free speech, in 6/8 time.


VIDEO CREDITS: Directed and filmed by Alex Maness ( Recorded and mixed by Joseph Dejarnette ( Filmed on location at The Prospect Hill Murder Barn.

Curtis Eller: banjo & lead vocal
Dana Marks: harmony vocal
Stacy Wolfson: Dancer
Steve Cowles: tenor saxophone
Hugh Crumley: electric bass
Jack Fleishman: drums



Facebook: – Justin Vellucci, MusicTAP, Jan. 28, 2019


About the author

Justin Vellucci is a staff writer for PopMatters, Spectrum Culture, and MusicTAP, a contributor to Pittsburgh Current, and a former staffer for Popdose, Punk Planet and Delusions of Adequacy. His music writing has appeared in national magazines such as American Songwriter, alt-pubs like The Brooklyn Rail, Pittsburgh CityPaper and San Diego CityBeat, blogs Swordfish, Punksburgh and Linoleum, and the Gannett magazine Jetty. He lives in Pittsburgh.

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