Nine years after the birth of Elizabeth Records, and six years after joining Red Molly, Carolann Solebello's second solo effort arrives. In this disc produced by Fred Gillen Jr.,
Carolann shares 11 gorgeous stripped-down tracks, including long-time concert favorites such as "Dance with Me" and "Shibboleth" and a new version of the CC Railroad hit "Long Time Gone"
Sharon Goldman's second effort for Elizabeth Records, Shake the Stars offers twelve new folk/pop tales of love, hope, loss, longing, and a dash of humor for good measure. Musician friends Pat Wictor, Abbie Gardner and Carolann Solebello of Red Molly, Larry Siegel, Martha Colby, and Allison Tartalia add to the album's fully acoustic production with lap steel, Dobro, bass, mandolin, cello, and piano. Whether it's the laugh-out-loud journey of "The Subway Song (You Were Waiting for Me)," the hopeful melancholy of "The Crosswalk," or the ghostly love of "Opening," discerning listeners will certainly want to lend an ear to Goldman's thoughtful lyrics.
Mark Allen Berube returns with his first full-production solo studio CD! At last, Suspicious Fish lets Mark's quirky-punky-folky-funky tunes loose in the studio where they hop, skip, jump, scamper about and bore their way into your head, a place that they won't be leaving any time soon. Better start charging them rent. By turns poppy, funny, angry, goofy, heart-warming and gut-wrenching (and often several of these at the same time), Mark takes you on a guided tour of his psyche with a little help from friends such as Dan Weiss, Jon Kolleeny, Matt Scharfglass, Kay Ashley and Carolann Solebello.
Semi Broken Heart, Sharon Edry Goldman's debut album for Elizabeth Records, features 12 new pop-folk tales of love, loss, longing and renewed hope. From the fully-orchestrated drama of "At the End of the Day" to the sparse intimacy of "Never-Ending Skyline" to the twangy affirmation of "Possibility," Semi Broken Heart spans an impressive range of human emotion with maturity, depth and passion. Sharon welcomes co-producer Carolann Solebello and guest musicians Whynot Jansveld (bass), Andrew Frawley (drums), Thad Debrock (guitars/dobro) and Noah Hoffeld (cello) to augment her warm and solid acoustic guitar playing.
Black Horse Motel showcases CC Railroad at their instrument-switching, harmony-juggling best, bringing their trademark splash of urban groove to traditional North American folk forms. CC Railroad borrows from several roots music genres on Black Horse Motel - with echoes of Nashville in "Don't Ask," Kentucky bluegrass in "Start the Process," Chicago blues in "Last Night," western cowboy ballads in "Seven Years" and "Black Horse Motel" and even a dash of Turkish spice in "Mile After Mile" - and filters each through a distinctly New York City-tinted lens, crafting a full-bodied, energetic contemporary folk sound with a bit of urban bite.
"It is the sum of the parts that blew me away...
this foursome blends like a group who has been performing together for
years - think the fluidity of Fleetwood Mac...Not only can they play,
but CC Railroad can entertain... variety, lyricism, audience mood, and
fun are important to these guys. The band alternately employs Spanish
rhythms and melodies, bluegrassy finger-picking and toe-tapping pacing,
traditional folk-ballad storytelling, and humorous little ditties..."
- Molly Fuhr, Philadelphia
Watching the Rain is the stunning
debut CD by Manhattan singer-songwriters Rebekah Fischman and Victoria
Lavington, known together as Molly Pitcher
. These women bring true harmonic artistry to the table on this disc,
weaving their voices and instruments together into a sound some have called
the female equivalent of Simon & Garfunkel. Watching
the Rain is a collection of shimmering vocals surrounded by crystalline
guitars and piano, augmented by guest percussionist Cheryl Prashker and
bassist Carolann Solebello.
The Ocean's Doorway is an intensely
personal project from start to finish. In addition to writing all the
songs and playing most of the instruments, Cheryl served as her own producer
and chief engineer for this album. Using her own material as a springboard,
she learned the skills she later applied as producer and/or engineer on
numerous projects for others. Take a listen. You'll be glad you did.
Mark's debut CD was recorded LIVE at SUN Music Company
on November 12, 1999 - one take, no overdubs, no excuses - and spotlights
him at his folk-punk best, ranting on subjects as diverse as the Secret
Service, animal behavior and semi-dysfunctional family gatherings. Expect
the unexpected, and prepare to fall off your chair. Mark's intense, thought-provoking
(and often hilarious) lyrics backed by his driving guitar bear repeated
listening. Cheryl Prashker guests on percussion and Carolann Solebello
sits in on backing vocals.
Dynamic vocals are in the forefront on Carolann's
first solo effort. Sweet guitars underscore ten diverse, lyrically-driven
songs of innocence and experience. Just Across the
Water also features stellar guest performances by cellist Michele
Moyer, upright bassist Matt Scharfglass (of the indie band Mrs. Grundy)
and percussionists Brendan McGowan and Cheryl Prashker (of Elizabeth Records' own CC Railroad). Produced by Carolann Solebello and Cheryl Prashker.