Fans haven’t heard from folk-rocker Cindy Lee Berryhill for a decade, since 2007’s “Beloved Stranger,” which today she jokingly calls a vanity project: “I made it over the course of a year and a half, and I literally made it in someone’s house, then put it out myself, so there was no distribution, no press, no anything,” she says. She had serious reasons for waiting so long to release 2017’s “The Adventurist,” her comeback for Omnivore. Seven years after suffering a traumatic brain injury in a bicycle accident, her husband, Crawdaddy Magazine publisher Paul Williams, began a slow descent into dementia, leading to hospitalization, nursing home care, and eventually his death in 2013. She painstakingly created these songs in loving tribute.
A decade is a long time in showbiz.
Right. With my last record, I had a baby at the time, my husband was falling into dementia, so I made it over a year and a half. And the only way I was able to finish it was through the graces of good friends, who would say, “You have to come back into our studio and do this.” And it was fun for me, like, “At least I can think about something other than the challenges of my daily life.” But this new album was a real concerted effort. I started writing the songs after my husband went into the nursing home, and most of the songs were written from then until he died.
Up until that time, your days had been spent taking care of Paul?
Yes. Starting about 2004, 2005, he started to fall into dementia. But by 2009, I…
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