Entries in Amelia White (2)

Monday
Apr212014

Amelia White 'Old Postcard' - White Wolf

Old Postcard was produced and recorded in Nashville,  and though there are touches of pedal steel it is leaning much more to the left than the centre. Producer Mike Poole has gathered together a bunch of independent and like-minded players to support White’s latest album of songs. There’s Ann McCue, Sergio Webb, Pete Finney and Poole himself with may others who have contributed to this rootsy and rounded album.

At its heart is the voice of Amelia White and her and songs. There are three co-written with John Hadley, who has written with and for the likes of David Olney, Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch and Trisha Yearwood.  Telisha Williams, Anne McCue and Thomm Jutz are others who had a hand in the writing of some of this album’s 11 songs. The opening track Big Blue Sun, Hollow Heart, River of My Dreams  and Get Your Cowboy On are all songs that immediately appeal. The latter has a sense of need for and nefarious thoughts about a bar-room opportunity with a cowboy object of affection.

Poole has fused these songs with some gritty and graphic guitars. They have a layered depth that give the songs a toughness. This would doubtless appeal to those who have loved,  lived and grown with Lucinda Williams. The themes are adult and concern with times that are hard.  White seems to feel that life is hard generally and there is a need to find sunlight where you can. That’s what these songs are about, the people whom you love, lose and learn from.

Not every song is completely lyrically clear and the lack of printed lyrics allows the listener to add their interpretation of the individual songs sense of truth and reconciliation. Suffice it say I like what I hear and, like an old postcard, it is a picture from another place, another time, filled with new memories

Tuesday
Dec272011

Amelia White 'Beautiful and Wild' - Self-Release

There are times when the world seems awash with singer-songwriters all trying to find an audience for their music. That isn't necessarily a reflection on the quality of the music rather that it's difficult to get attention in a crowded and fragmented market. If someone has came across an artist's music live, on radio or through a good review they may be tempted to check the artists out and with the internet it is now easier that ever to find out through a YouTube live video or song samples on sites like MySpace. Amelia White recorded this album in Nashville with producer Marco Giovino. He also the drummer here with a set of musicians that includes Doug Lancio and a selection of other fine players who do justice to the songs. Other than a laid back cover of Roxy Music's More Than This the songs are all written or co-written by White who has a raw, expressive, confident voice. The title track is a lament for he late friend, the guitarist Duane Jarvis, other songs deal with various kinds of torment that find the subject of Saint Christopher pleading with the Saint for a safe return. Sidewalks talks of how the sidewalks seem to melt in the melt in the heat of both the summer and in the cold emotion of family loss. The closing Rider Ghost was written at a time when White was contemplating give up music, something that in the end proved to be an essential part of her make-up, and like most true and committed writers, something that completes her life. There have been comparisons to Lucinda Williams and that may give you a clue as to a starting point but to hear White and here own take on life check her out on MySpace where you can judge the wildness and beauty of her music yourselves.