Carrie Rodriguez / Mark Erelli / Maria DeMaio
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Seven Angels on a Bicycle, Carrie Rodriguez's solo debut, puts an urbane, seductive spin on alternative country and bluegrass, with artfully minimalist production that features melancholy echoes of pedal steel, finger-plucked fiddle strings, brushed snare, a whisper of saxophone, and plenty of wide open space for Rodriguez's remarkable voice to fill. Rodriguez boasts an affecting twang and brings a wonderfully lived-in quality to her vocal performances.
On Mark Erelli's latest album, Hope & Other Casualties (Signature Sounds Recordings, March 2006), he raises the bar with an unapologetic and timeless collection of deeply personal and affecting songs. Effortlessly balancing songs of love and protest, resignation and redemption, Hope is a brave and searingly honest tour de force which cements Erelli's reputation as one of today's best young singer/songwriters.
Erelli proudly wears his heart on his sleeve, weaving tales of honest and true passion. But unlike the flotilla of "emo" currently controlling the airwaves, Erelli is not afraid to turn his eyes outward, and Hope is a committed artistic response to the questions and worries familiar to all of us today.
New Hampshire-born singer/songwriter Maria DeMaio has been performing since the age of 3, when she belted out an impromptu version of Robert Palmer's "Bad Case of Loving You" from her car seat. She has since forged a name for herself in the fierce Boston music scene, winning over audiences at such staples as the Paradise Lounge and Harper's Ferry with her one-two punch of refreshing songwriting and a powerhouse voice that has been called both "soulful" (Boston Globe) and "quietly scintillating" (SnapPop!). As frontwoman and songwriter of Maria DeMaio & the Fellas, she created in just two short years a raw and instantly recognizable sound that has set their act a head above the rest.