HOME Back To PRESS 'Everything Good,' indeed: Springsteen violinist Soozie Tyrell releases new CD Published in the Asbury Park Press 4/03/03 By KELLY-JANE COTTER Music Writer Soozie Tyrell has made a career of backing A-list musicians such as Sheryl Crow, Shawn Colvin and, most noticeably, Bruce Springsteen. But with one spin of her debut album, "White Lines" on Treasure Records, you might wonder why she's wasted so much time with those jokers when she can easily handle center stage all by herself. The influence of all three -- Colvin, Crow and Springsteen -- can be found in Tyrell's solo work, a hearty and mature collection of roots rock and ballads. Tyrell is first and foremost a violinist, and she uses her instrument to add warmth and texture to rock and folk songs. She's also a singer and a storyteller, with a knack for using memories for something other than nostalgia. The autobiographical title track, for example, takes the listener on a journey through Tyrell's life: Her dad's career in the military took the family from town to town; her parents divorced after her dad retired, and Soozie herself took to the road to pursue a career in music. "White Lines" is full of Tyrell's love of the road, but also her wariness of a nomadic life. The breezy melody belies the undercurrent of self-doubt and second thoughts found in the chorus: "I'm runnin' out of time, I'm runnin' out of lines, I'm runnin', I'm runnin' out of road." Springsteen plays lead guitar on the track. He and Patti Scialfa also sing back-up on the equally great "Ste. Genevieve," a mournful song about a town flooded by the Mississippi River. Scialfa's voice can be heard loud and clear, complementing Tyrell's as it does when they sing together in the E Street Band. Springteen's contribution is more subtle -- a familiar hum that runs through the chorus. Tyrell and Scialfa team up again on "Out On Bleecker St.," joined by Lisa Lowell. The song reminisces about how the three friends used to hang out in the Village and perform together. It's kind of goofy, but as endearing as a fairy tale. The flip side of that youthful exuberance can be found on "Everything Good," in which Tyrell takes a good, hard look at what life takes out of you as the years go by. There's still a lot of good, she concludes, but it comes at a price. Soozie Tyrell is scheduled to perform May 2 at The Stone Pony, 913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park. For info, call (732) 502-0600 or go to www.stoneponyonline.com. She can also be found on stages worldwide, as part of Springsteen's "The Rising" tour, which returns to New Jersey in July and August for a long engagement at Giants Stadium.