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    Posted: March 30 2005 at 3:30pm
Dear fellow fans,

I went to check out that article from the Boston herald again,
and found out it's been archived and you have to pay to read
the whole thing. So for the sake of the community here, I copied
it and here it is. Just wondering if anybody has any further
information. I see William Galison is on the email list. Any
comments, Bill?

Galison keeps former partner Peyroux in ‘Mind’
Wednesday, March 9, 2005
Madeleine Peyroux and William Galison made beautiful music
Now Peyroux wants to forget all about it.
And Galison can't. He has released the CD he made with his
ex-girlfriend with the unintentionally ironic title ``Got You On My
Mind.'' Galison is convinced it would be a popular seller given
Peyroux's recent resurgence. His belief is fueled in part by the
success guitarist Peter Malick had releasing recordings he'd
made with a young Norah Jones. There's another parallel:
Jones and her record company fought Malick's release.
Galison believes that Peyroux, her management and
Cambridge-based Rounder Records have used illegal tactics
to squelch his indie release.

     Peyroux's new Rounder CD, ``Careless Love,'' appeared in
September. Critics were enchanted by the way Peyroux
applied her fetching Billie Holiday-like voice to songs by artists
from Bessie Smith to Elliott Smith. `Careless Love'' also came
accompanied by an intriguing back story. It was the first new
music from the 30-year-old singer since she had dropped from
sight after her widely praised 1996 debut, ``Dreamland.''
In interviews, Peyroux supplied vague explanations for her
eight-year absence from the scene. She talked about a shelved
attempt at a second album. She noted problems with her vocal
cords. She mentioned a year spent heeding religious

     But something was expunged from her recollections: her
time with Galison, which included many gigs and the seven
songs released on their self-produced EP in 2003. These
tracks can be heard, along with four by Galison, on ``Got You
On My Mind.'' Galison is a guitarist, singer and chromatic
harmonica specialist whose credits include everything from
recordings with Sting and Barbra Streisand to the ``Sesame
Street'' theme. He's determined to get his part of the Peyroux
story heard.

`In May 2002, I was coming home from a gig,'' he says from his
New York apartment, ``and I stopped in a little bar on Bleecker
Street where Madi was playing for tips. No one was listening to
her. But I thought she was fantastic. I asked if I could sit in on
harmonica. She was really pleased. So I'd drop in to see her
every Tuesday for the next couple of weeks.''

Soon Galison agreed to let the footloose Peyroux crash in his
extra room. A romantic and musical relationship ensued.
Peyroux and Galison started playing shows in New York,
Philadelphia and, eventually, Europe. Even when their
romance cooled, in 2003, they continued to work together - and
Galison financed the recording of the seven-song EP, which
they sold at their gigs. ``I was thrilled,'' he says. ``They were
selling like crazy. We were going to add songs and make a full-
length album. And all of a sudden, she stopped working with
me. I didn't know what was going on. She became very distant.''
Peyroux signed a deal with Rounder and canceled future dates
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