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Cindy Lee Berryhill To Release New Album, ‘The Adventurist,’ Truly a Transcendent Labor of Love

Cindy Lee Berryhill performs at a recent fundraiser for La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Cindy Lee Berryhill performs at La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia


Cindy Lee Berryhill is a “Lover of Love” and that comes through loud and clear on her new album, The Adventurist.

Cindy Lee, a fixture in the LA music scene who now lives in Encinitas, gave a sneak listen to the album, which will be released on March 10 on Omnivore Records.

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Cindy Lee will perform at McCabe’s on April 2.

“We all have our drugs of choice mine is love,” Cindy Lee said. “I made a decision to write an album in honor of the love I shared with my husband. I’m very excited, it’s my first very focused work since the ’90s.”

The Adventurist is Cindy Lee’s first album since all of her years of caregiving her ailing husband, rock writer Paul Williams.  Paul passed away in March of 2013 from complications of a brain injury.

The songs on the album are songs of love, attraction and desire. One simple and succinct song we like on the album is “American Cinematography.”

“It’s the same thing behind the album that’s behind the song,” she said. “Each song is a tone poem to love and desire and the chemical soup of feelings you have when you fall in love. ‘American Cinematography,’ for me, is when you’re in love with somebody and you look at your beloved, it’s like you’re shooting a film. It’s beautiful and it’s love.”

The Love Affair With Cindy Lee Berryhill

Cindy Lee’s unique sound has earned her a spot in music lovers’ hearts. She put out her first album Who’s Gonna Save The World? in 1987 and it was followed up in 1989 with Naked Movie Star.

Cindy Lee Berryhill - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Cindy Lee Berryhill – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

In 1999, she published the book, Memoirs of A Female Messiah, which was released along with a live album called Living Room 16.

She has chronicled her experiences in her blog, Beloved Stranger.

Cindy Lee is happy to be back in the recording studio and performing while raising her son, Alexander.

But despite dealing with serious issues life has dealt, Cindy Lee has kept an upbeat attitude. It’s her positive vibe that keeps her a fan favorite.

And now that she’s back into music full time, would she consider moving back to LA any time in the near future?

“I do have commitment to my son,” she said. “I have a commitment to have him continue high school here. That’s partly because I grew up where every three years we moved, so I’ve grown to love consistency. ”

“Encinitas is 100 miles from LA and I live two blocks from the beach, how can you get better than that?”

Overcoming Rough Patches

The road has not always been smooth for Cindy Lee. Coping with her husband’s afflictions and trying to keep her family and career in tact was a challenge.  And during this time in the 1990s, there wasn’t so much information in the news about head trauma.

Cindy Lee Berryhill performs at La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Cindy Lee Berryhill performs at La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

“My husband had a brain injury,” she said. “It was very difficult towards the end, especially. Seven years after the injury, things started to go south.”

She observed that all these years the news related to football injuries leading to dementia has put her fight by her husband’s side into focus.

“From 2004 on, I was Paul’s caregiver,” she said. “But we had a child in 2001, Alexander, and he is doing amazing.”

Cindy Lee said that today it’s all about moving forward.

“At a certain point I really wanted to write a song about love and attraction, but how you need transcendence,” she said.

A New Digital World of Music

Cindy Lee is returning to a business that has changed drastically even over the last 20 years.

“When I grew up, you fell in love with the record, and then you went to see artist,” she said. “Now it’s the other way around.”

Cindy Lee Berryhill by Donna Balancia

Cindy Lee Berryhill by Donna Balancia

Cindy Lee has a strong connection to trends in the music industry because of her “day” job — she’s a guitar teacher.  She said kids today use a different route to find music they like.

“I’m priviledged working with young people every day,” she said. “Young people are finding music through computer games and TV shows; They know older songs and that’s through their parents. It’s secondary to the games.”

As music is being discovered through TV advertisements, is that considered selling out?

“TV commercials and movies are the way people are discovering the music today,” she said. “So the only thing that’s a sellout is if you hate the product. If it’s something to get behind, then that’s great.”


La Paloma Theatre Shines on Benefit Night as Jack Tempchin and Musicians Sing Her Praises

Concert to Raise Money for La Paloma Wildly Applauded

Jack Tempchin - Photo by Donna Balancia

Jack Tempchin – Photo by Donna Balancia


ENCINITAS, Calif. – Musicians Jack Tempchin, Cindy Lee Berryhill, Keith Harkin and Darius Degher electrified at Love The Dove, a benefit concert for La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas Saturday night.

Tempchin, the renowned songwriter who crafted tunes for the Eagles and others, headlined a night that mixed legacy with compelling new performances.

He introduced Keith Harkin, an outstanding Irish performer whose agressive guitar playing is unlike anything we’ve heard. He plucks the strings so hard they break — often he says — and from his work he elicits a great deal of emotion.  Harkin is a true music star and was an unexpected surprise in a night of beautiful work.

Strong Collaboration: Tempchin and Harkin

Jack Tempchin and Keith Harkin - Photo and video by Donna Balancia

Jack Tempchin and Keith Harkin – Photo and video by Donna Balancia

Tempchin on harmonica and Harkin on guitar performed songs they wrote together including the upbeat “Ring Tail Rat.”

Berryhill, the tall singer-songwriter veteran performed the Beatles cover, “Revolution,” which got rousing applause from the audience, which was comprised mainly of Encinitas locals who packed the room.

Berryhill has a new album coming out in March and her new songs including “Somebody’s Angel,” sent chills through the crowded room.

Love The Dove

La Paloma Theatre is a staple of San Diego County culture.  It has been around since the early 1900s and was a stop on the train by movie stars, celebs of the day, musicians and other notables.

Cindy Lee Berryhill - Photo by Donna Balancia

Cindy Lee Berryhill – Photo by Donna Balancia

Locals remember the days it had “couches” and was the gathering place for North County music lovers.

Emcee Danny Salzhandle recalled the theatre has hosted the best in the arts over the years. La Paloma is in need of repair and the tireless Alan Largent and his crew are thinking outside the box to get the funding to restore the jewel in the rough to its former grandeur.

The group is planning to have a fundraiser concert every quarter “or every three months,” if possible.

Musicians Giving Back to La Paloma Theatre

Degher led the night off with his folksy tunes that had people smiling and tapping right along.  He was a gracious leadoff artist joined by Micheal Packard and Ellen Maisen. His debut poetry collection was published in 2014; he has released five CDs and played on many stages.

Darius Degher opened the night at La Paloma Theatre - Photo by Donna Balancia

Darius Degher opened the night at La Paloma Theatre – Photo by Donna Balancia

Degher, Harkin and Berryhill joined Tempchin for a heartfelt finale that included “Already Gone,” and “Peaceful Easy Feeling.”

In a world of free downloads and where there’s an overabundance of worship of all things new, the historic La Paloma took the spotlight, hosting this unique night of touching performances.

The musicians reached receptive audience members who gladly paid $20 a head to enjoy rare performances.

Being able to repay La Paloma for all the joy she has brought Southern California was an honor for both performers and attendees.  The La Paloma which has stood so proudly for almost a century, will graciously continue on, through the generosity of the musicians and art lovers.  A night like this is what it’s all about.


Jack Tempchin leads 'Peaceful Easy Feeling' - Photo and video by Donna Balancia

Jack Tempchin leads ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’ – Photo and video by Donna Balancia

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