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Edie Arlisa Brickell (born March 10, 1966) is an American singer-songwriter widely known for 1988's Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars, the debut album by Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, which went to No. 4 on the Billboard albums chart. She is married to Paul Simon.

Edie Brickell
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Brickell in 2011
Background information
Birth nameEdie Arlisa Brickell
Born (1966-03-10) March 10, 1966 (age 53)
Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas, U.S.
GenresAlternative rock
Folk rock
Jangle pop
Jam rock
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, guitarist
Years active1985–present
Associated acts

Early lifeEdit

Brickell was born in Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas, to Larry Jean (Sellers) Linden and Paul Edward Brickell.[1][2] She was raised with her older sister, Laura Strain. She attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts[3] in Dallas, and later studied at Southern Methodist University until she joined a band and decided to focus on songwriting.

Music careerEdit

Edie Brickell & New BohemiansEdit

In 1985, Brickell was invited to sing one night with friends from her high school in a local folk rock group, New Bohemians. She joined the band as lead singer. After the band was signed to a recording contract, the label changed the group's name to Edie Brickell & New Bohemians. Their 1988 debut album, Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars, became a critical and commercial success, including the Top Ten single "What I Am." The band's follow-up album, Ghost of a Dog (1990), was a deliberate effort to highlight the band's eclectic personality and move away from the pop sensibility of their first record.[citation needed]

The band sporadically played gigs after the album Ghost of a Dog in 1990, and in 2006 released Stranger Things.[4][5] In 2018 they announced their latest album, Rocket, along with dates for a US tour.[6]

Solo careerEdit

Brickell had a role as a folk singer in the 1989 film Born on the Fourth of July. Her version of Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall" is featured on the film's soundtrack. She also sang a cover version of Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side" in the 1990 film Flashback.

As a solo artist, Brickell released Picture Perfect Morning (1994) and Volcano (2003). The video for Picture Perfect Morning's "Good Times" was included as part of the multimedia samples featured on Microsoft's Windows 95 Companion CD-ROM.[7] In 1992, she worked with producer Bob Wiseman in New York and Toronto on a collection of songs, utilizing a wind ensemble, unusual keyboards, and Ron Sexsmith. The songs were rejected by the record company and remained unreleased.

The GaddaboutsEdit

In 2010, Brickell became a founding member of new band The Gaddabouts, consisting of Steve Gadd on drums, Edie Brickell as lead vocalist and guitar, Andy Fairweather Low on electric and acoustic guitars and background vocals, Pino Palladino on bass and guitar, and featuring Dan Block, Ronnie Cuber, Joey DeFrancesco, Gil Goldstein, and Marcus Rojas.[8] In 2011, Brickell wrote the title track, "The Meaning of Life," for Tamar Halpern's film, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life.

Edie Brickell and Steve MartinEdit

Love Has Come for You was released on April 23, 2013. The album is a collaboration with Steve Martin.[9] Both appeared on talk shows, such as The View and Late Show with David Letterman, to promote the album in April 2013.[10][11][12][13]

Starting in May 2013, she toured with Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers throughout North America.[14]

In 2016, the musical Bright Star – to which she contributed music, lyrics, and story[15] – opened on Broadway at the Cort Theatre.

In 2017, Brickell and Martin appeared in the documentary film The American Epic Sessions directed by Bernard MacMahon. They recorded "The Coo Coo Bird", a traditional English folk song,[16] live on the first electrical sound recording system from the 1920s.[17] The track appeared on the accompanying soundtrack, Music from The American Epic Sessions.

Personal lifeEdit

Brickell married singer-songwriter Paul Simon on May 30, 1992.[18] Brickell was performing on NBC's Saturday Night Live on November 5, 1988, when she noticed Simon standing in front of the cameraman. "Even though I'd performed the song hundreds of times in clubs, he made me forget how the song went when I looked at him. We can show the kids the tape and say, 'Look, that's when we first laid eyes on each other.'" Brickell and Simon have three children: Adrian, Lulu, and Gabriel.[19]




  • "What I Am" (Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians) (1988) #7 on US Billboard Hot 100
  • "Circle" (Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians)
  • "Little Miss S." (Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians) (1989)
  • "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" (Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians) (1990)
  • "Mama Help Me" (Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians)
  • "Good Times" (Edie Brickell)
  • "Pretty Little One" (Steve Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell)[21]
  • "Like to Get to Know You" (duet with Paul Simon). (2014)[22]

Other contributionsEdit


  1. ^ Paul Simon profile,; accessed March 17, 2016.
  2. ^ Profile,; accessed March 17, 2016.
  3. ^ "Dallas performing, visual arts school set for Taste of the Arts". The Dallas Morning News. February 16, 2008. Retrieved May 1, 2008.
  4. ^ David Dye (September 7, 2006). "Edie Brickell & New Bohemians: Starting Over". Retrieved February 10, 2008.
  5. ^ "Edie Brickell & New Bohemians join Erwin Center Harvey benefit lineup | Austin Music Source". Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  6. ^ Strowe, Jeff (September 14, 2018). "Music News: Iggy Azalea and Edie Brickell Highlight the New List of Shows". Dallas Observer. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  7. ^ MANES, STEPHEN (August 1, 1995). "PERSONAL COMPUTERS; Personal Computers: What Is Windows 95 Really Like?". The New York Times. Retrieved October 24, 2008.
  8. ^ "The Band". The Gaddabouts. Retrieved April 28, 2013.
  9. ^ Thompson, Stephen (April 14, 2013). "First Listen: Steve Martin And Edie Brickell, 'Love Has Come For You'". Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  10. ^ "Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's 'Love Has Come For You': Collaboration A Perfect Blend of Traditional, Modern". April 22, 2013. Retrieved April 28, 2013.
  11. ^ "The Late Show Video – Steve Martin & Edie Brickell". April 24, 2013. Retrieved April 28, 2013.
  12. ^ "April 24, 2013 - The View TV". Archived from the original on April 26, 2013. Retrieved April 28, 2013.
  13. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (April 19, 2013). "Something Old-Time, Something New: Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's 'Love Has Come For You'". The New York Times. p. AR20.
  14. ^ "Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell Announce North American Tour". Retrieved May 27, 2013.
  15. ^ "The Bright Star Team". Archived from the original on March 20, 2016. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  16. ^ "The Cuckoo / The Coo Coo Bird (Roud 413; G/D 6:1157; Henry H479)". Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  17. ^ "American Epic: The Collection & The Soundtrack Out May 12th | Legacy Recordings". Legacy Recordings. April 28, 2017. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  18. ^ Dixon, Ken (April 26, 2007). "Music Hall of Fame Proposed for State". Connecticut Post. Bridgeport, CT. Article ID 5761094 (fee required).
  19. ^ "Celebrity Daddies 2010". Today. January 3, 2011.[dead link]
  20. ^ Edwards, Fred (August 20, 2015). "Steve Martin & Edie Brickell Announce Second Album 'So Familiar'". Billboard. Retrieved September 16, 2015.
  21. ^ "Future Releases on Triple A (AAA) Radio Stations". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on March 7, 2014.
  22. ^ Simon & Brickell release new duet,; accessed March 20, 2015.

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