Native Tongue is proud to announce the signing of Van Duren.
A child of the 1950’s, Van Duren was born in Memphis, Tennessee – the cradle of the blues and rock and roll.
Once lauded as the next Paul McCartney, Duren’s stunning debut album Are You Serious? features timeless production delivered with the sweetest desperation.
Duren’s band featured school friends Jody Stephens and Chris Bell (both former members of Big Star) and Mike Brignardello (Glen Campbell, Amy Grant, Neil Diamond). How did such an album fall deep into the musical abyss?
Van Duren’s story is hard to believe. Bad luck, poor decisions, con-men, lost love, greed, religion and health issues lead to Duren’s second album, Idiot Optimism (recorded in 1978), only seeing it’s first release in 2000, in Japan!
There is much more to the story of Van Duren, which will be revealed in the documentary, Waiting: The Van Duren Story. The documentary had its sold out global premiere at the Indie Memphis Film Festival on Saturday 3rd November and received a standing ovation. Due to popular demand an encore screening was organised on Wednesday 7th November in Memphis, and a new screening has been announced at Sound Unseen Festival in Minneapolis on Saturday November 17th.
The documentary went on to win the audience voted award for Best Film at the Indie Memphis Film Festival.
“Greg Carey mentioned Van Duren to me in April 2017. I clearly remember listening to Are You Serious? on repeat for the remainder of that week. I couldn’t believe how such a great songwriter remained unknown today. Thanks to Greg and Wade’s persistence to uncover the truth, we are now about to find out” says Managing Director Jaime Gough.