Emma Hill, |
The Black & Wretched Blue
Alaska isn't a place that usually comes to mind when I think of music. This latest release by Emma Hill convinces me to change that opinion.
And Hill isn't some bucolic newcomer. Though she grew up and lived much of her life in a village with a population of fewer than a hundred people, she's become a seasoned performer who returned to her home state after making a name for herself touring across the U.S., in Europe and even a few months in Costa Rica.
With her musical partner Bryan Daste and a solid back-up team, she offers 14 tracks hard to narrow down to a handful of favorites. From the toe-tapping "Fallin for a Girl" to the poignant "For Jimbo" and the nostalgic "Call on Home," there are a lot of winners here.
With a sure delivery and a voice like pure honey, I found myself comparing her to Gillian Welch on several tracks. But Hill is an artist in her own right, offering a collection of touching songs with moving, original lyrics.
Hill is featured on lead vocals and guitar. Daste joins in on vocals, guitar, banjo, bass, saw, harmonium and a variety of other instruments. Back up is by Aarun Carter, fiddle; Corwyn Wilkey, trumpet; Christian McKee, mandolin; Andrew Nelson and Adam Mack, drums; Mont Chris Hubbard, piano and organ; Eric Tergerson, violin and viola, and Jessie Dettwiler, cello.
music review by
27 July 2013
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