French-born Marianne Dissard’s debut album is a collaboration with musicians based in Tucson, Ariz., including Joey Burns and John Convertino of Calexico. - mariannedissard.com

Marianne Dissard at Stillwater

Somewhere between a shared affinity for French wine and Mexican food, singer Marianne Dissard and Calexico frontman Joey Burns have found common ground for Dissard's debut album, "l'entredeux."

The album, produced by Burns at Wavelab Studio in Tucson, Ariz., is a collection of chansons, or lyrically driven French songs, and features pop vocalist Naïm Amor (who composed three of the tracks), singers Adrianne DeNike and Sammy Decoster, guitarists Matt Mitchell and Nick Luca, violinists Vicki Brown, Rose Todaro and Michael Fan, harpist Mickey Raphael, piano, accordion, orchestron, cimhalom and organ by Rob Burger of Tin Hat Trio and Calexico's drummer John Convertino.

"Magnificent merging of old European elegance ... with the glaring loneliness of the American Western landscapes," wrote Germany's Der Spiegel.

Dissard is touring the West Coast with a four-piece band — guitarist Clay Koweek, drummer Andew Collberg, violinist Brown and stand-up bassist Chris Black — to promote her new album.

The group will perform at 9 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at Stillwater, 1951 Highway 66, Ashland.

Calexico fans will recognize Dissard from the group's hit single, "Ballad of Cable Hogue," from its 2000 album "Hot Rail." Dissard was born near the Pyrenees mountains in the south of France but has lived in the western United States since she was 16.

Besides working as a lyricist and poet, Dissard is a documentary filmmaker and multimedia performance artist. She directed "Drunken Bees," a humorous and moving account of Howe Gelb's band Giant Sand that featured Convertino, Burns and others set in the scenery of Tucson's downtown barrio.

As a performance artist, Dissard has exhibited at the Musée d'Art Moderne and Foundation Cartier in Paris and the Musée D'Art Contemporain in Marseille.

Stepping out from behind the camera and away from performance art, Dissard wishes she could have sung with Johnny Cash or French pop singer Jean Sablon, according to her bio.

Folk and pop artist Collberg will open the show at Stillwater. Collberg recently finished an independent recording with Luca at Wavelab, and he has worked with notables such as Devotchka, Neko Case, Iron and Wine, Robyn Hitchcock and Calexico.

Cover for the show at Stillwater is $5.

Call 482-6113.

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