Edie Brickell and New Bohemians “Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#464 in the Series) is Edie Brickell and New Bohemians, Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars

One of the things I used to have on the website was the question.. When was the last time you played this album? For me, it had been years since I listened to this one.  I remember always liking it too. It just ran its course after a while.  Something triggered my memory and I thought, yeah, that would be a great one to do.  I went back and listened to it and fell in love with it all over again. I always loved Edie, but I’d forgotten how good New Bohemians were.  In fact, check out their performance on Saturday Night Live in the video playlist below.  The band smokes.

Notice I called them  “New Bohemians” and not, ‘her band.’ Why, well I did this because they were a band before Edie joined them.  In fact, the story is that they were a local band that she went to go see one night, got the courage to join them on stage and….well, I guess the line ‘the rest is history’ would apply here.

From what I can tell, Edie was the perfect fit for them. Not only is she a great presence and front lady, but she added the song writing that they needed as well. She wrote nearly all this album herself.  Guitarist Kenny Withrow did add help on three of the tracks, including the bands top ten hit, “What I Am.”

Edie Brickell and New Bohemians, Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars was released in 1988. Shortly thereafter they would be invited to perform “What I Am’ on SNL as mentioned previously.  It was a huge night that would change the lives of the band members as now a national audience would now hear their music. Yes, the New Bohemians lives would change that night, but nowhere near as much as Edie’s life would change. While performing that big hit song, she looked off stage and noticed Paul Simon watching from near one of the cameramen.  That would be the first time they would “meet.”  23 years and three children later, they’re still husband and wife.  If you watch the video, you can see when she first thinks she sees Paul. She looks and squints a few times to confirm her thoughts. She once told MSNBC: “He made me mess the song up when I looked at him,” she said with a smile. “We can show the kids the tape and say, ‘Look, that’s when we first laid eyes on each other.” All together now… Awwwwww.

Some other highlights include “Love Like We Do”, “Circle” and especially “Beat the Time.”

If you’ve never heard of haven’t heard this on in a while I suggest taking a listen. I liked it a ton back then and it’s even better than I remembered.

They’re still out there as well, Look for them near you.

However, besides playing with the Bohemians, Edie is also playing in a band called The Gaddabouts. Who’s that you ax? Well it’s Edie along with Steve Gadd, Pino Palladino and Andy Fairweather-Low. Not to shabby.

— Larry Carta

Track Listing

  1. What I Am (Brickell, Withrow) 4:54
  2. Little Miss S. (Brickell) 3:37
  3. Air of December (Brickell) 5:54
  4. The Wheel (Brickell )3:53
  5. Love Like We Do (Brickell) 3:13
  6. Circle (Brickell, Withrow) 3:11
  7. Beat the Time (Brickell, Withrow) 2:58
  8. She (Brickell) 5:06
  9. Nothing 4:49
  10. Now (Brickell) 6:00
  11. Keep Coming Back (Brickell) 2:42
  12. I Do 2:00


  • Edie Brickell – vocals
  • Kenny Withrow – guitar
  • Brad Houser – bass
  • Brandon Aly – drums
  • John Bush – percussion

Addition Musicians

  • Robbie Blunt – guitar
  • John Henry – background vocals
  • Chris Whitten – drums
  • Paul “Wix” Wickens – keyboards


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