Tracy Grammer - Verdant Mile
Tracy Grammer - Verdant Mile
Tracy Grammer - Verdant Mile (CD NEW)
Label: Cd Baby.Com/Indys
Release Date: 17 Jun 2008
No. of Discs: 1
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1. The Verdant Mile
2. This Dirty Little Town
3. Wasn't Born To Follow
4. Solitary Man
5. When I Reach The Place I'm Goin'
6. Jackson's Tune / Trickster Tale / St. Anne's Reel
7. Old Paint
'Tracy Grammer is a brilliant artist and unique individual. Her voice is distinctive, as is her mastery over the instruments she plays.' - Joan Baez '[The Verdant Mile is] a brilliant collection of songs with Tracy sounding absolutely at the top of her craft.' - Kevin Welch, Music Director, KINK-FM 'This EP effortlessly reconciles Grammer's pop and bluegrass sensibilities... The results are so pure, they make Neil Diamond sound like he hails from the farthest reaches of the Blue Ridge Mountains.' - Eye.net 'One of the most compelling new voices in contemporary folk...Grammer is an outstanding singer and fiddler, and every performance here exemplifies the quiet strength, refined sensitivity, and consummate skill she is known for.' - Sing Out! Magazine 'I've listened to Tracy's The Verdant Mile over and over and over again. This new collection of songs is simply stunning. I just can't wait for her next CD.' - Bob Feldman, President, Red House Records 'Grammer wraps her rich, ethereal voice around Neil Diamond's 'Solitary Man,' evoking Joan Baez in her prime, while a lovely ray of hope rings out in her cover of Emory Gordon and Joe Henry's 'When I Reach the Place I'm Goin'... classic Americana.' - Dirty Linen 'Infused with catchy, changing rhythms, take [the title] cut as a marvelous sign of things to come as Grammer moves along the path of penning and performing more of her own compositions.' - Celtic & Folk Music CD Reviews 'Tracy Grammer is the talk of the folk nation.' - The Boston Globe Tracy Grammer announces the release of The Verdant Mile, a seven song all-acoustic EP comprised of two originals and five beautifully chosen covers. The title track is a poignant yet upbeat meditation on loss and survival, written by Grammer to address the passing of her longtime musical partner, Dave Carter, who died in 2002. A reviewer for the online publication Folkwax wrote: 'Tracy's song reminds me of how Boulder To Birmingham was such a significant presence on Pieces Of The Sky, Emmylou Harris' first major label release... The melody is upbeat, but that apart, it stands as a testament to this woman's courage, considering the extent of her loss, that she's willing to place this recent part of her life journey full-square in the public domain. ' In addition to the title track, Grammer's first self-penned song, The Verdant Mile features a rollicking fiddle medley and lovingly-performed covers of songs by such respected artists as Kieran Kane and Carole King. The project was recorded live in an Oregon studio over two days in early June. The exception is the fiddle medley (also a Grammer composition), which was arranged over the phone and recorded on opposite coasts. The songs feature Jim Henry on mandolin, mandola, dobro, and vocals, but most prominent here is Grammer's own crystal-clear voice. Grammer reflects on the songs she chose to include in this project. 'These songs are postcards from various points along the Verdant Mile, a mythical field I walk when I need to reconcile with the rivers I cannot turn, the birds that won't come, and my reluctant angels...' Grammer's dark, ethereal vocals evoke a purity and resonance that brings radiance to the songs she performs and her attention to melody and story lines lend a rare sophistication to her vocal and instrumental interpretations. Her adept accompaniment extends to violin, mandolin, guitar - yet it is her vocal prowess and intuition that infuse her work with a numinous quality and has established her as a formidable performer. The late songwriter (and Grammer's former partner) Dave Carter was perhaps her biggest fan: 'Tracy has one of the most beautiful and expressive voices I've ever heard in my life. I was looking for someone with depth and gentleness - as soon as I heard that voice, I knew I had found it.' Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer were called 'one of the fastest-rising acts in folk music.' In just four years they released three internationally acclaimed albums, toured with Joan Baez, shared stages with artists like Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch, Greg Brown, the Cowboy Ju
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