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by Allison Tartalia

Dynamic, passionate and intense acoustic folk pop that is definitely not out of the common cookie cutter. "Tartalia is to pop music what granola is to cereal...complex, loaded with surprises and textures, and more than filling..." -Bill Ribas, NY
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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1. Let It Go
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2. Back of My Neck
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3. Dorothy's Reply
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4. Tide
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5. Out of Sight
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6. Ready
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7. Frost
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8. Absolutely Fabulous
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9. Spinning Song
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10. Advent of You
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Album Notes
Produced by Mike McGinnis and Allison Tartalia, "Ready" is the debut album Allison's listeners have long waited for: daring, uncompromising and challenging. The ten-song collection embraces a variety of styles and subject matters. "Ready" opens with the ethnic rhythms of "Let It Go" and closes with the exquisite horn arrangements on "Advent of You." In between, she deftly fits the devastating "Tide"; "Dorothy's Reply", a funk-inspired song that uses the Wizard of Oz as a metaphor for forging a path in the music industry; and the lusty title track, "Ready" (awarded Honorable Mention in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest). Provocative and compelling, "Ready" paints the portrait of a fiercely independent woman struggling to find the balance between passion and control, love and freedom, ambition and surrender...Allison Tartalia is "Ready."

Sax/woodwind player Mike McGinnis (Between Green, The Four Bags); bassist Lori Bingel (Twelve 20 Six); and Drummer Mark Dodge (Between Green) lend their talents to the distinctive arrangements on "Ready", which also features performances from Sean Moran (electric guitar), Brian Drye (trombone), Jeff Hermanson (trumpet and flugelhorn) and engineer Steve Vavagiakis (percussion).

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New York City-based singer-songwriter Allison Tartalia conjures an irresistible potion of rock, jazz, pop, and folk. Her intimate performances and quirky humor have endeared her to audiences at venues and festivals around the country. For a current tour schedule, please visit

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"Allison Tartalia [is] a singer with a sultry voice..." - Marc Santora, New York Times

"Wonder of wonders, this native New Yorker's debut CD sounds legitimately more jazzy than folky--smack-dab in the Laura Nyro/Ricki Lee Jones/Sophie B. Hawkins lineage, complete with sax solos warm enough for Baker Street and titles that namecheck Ab Fab and Dorothy." - Chuck Eddy, The Village Voice

"...a standout among female "confessional" singer/songwriters" - Cincinnati CityBeat

"The New Yorker's ready blend of rock, jazz pop and wedded to a striking bright voice that sings out with edgy, quirky intensity. Her diverse influences may include lyrical inspiration from Emily Dickinson, Dorothy Gale from the Oz books, and William Shakespeare, but this music will definitely make you want to leave the reading chair behind." - Jason Serinus, San Diego Update

"Allison Tartalia brings us her own blend of indy pop that veers into jazz, folk, rock and funk, delighting at every turn with her edgy lyrics that capture and intrigue, and make you smile. Who can resist an album that serves up a song inspired by the British TV show "Absolutely Fabulous" and another called "Dorothy's Reply," a sassy retort from Oz that makes you hit replay to relish it again. The CD is called 'Ready,' and I certainly am, for more" - JD Doyle, KPFT, Houston.


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Elisa Peimer

Unique, moving & beautiful
Allison Tartalia has the unique ability to combine complex rhythms and arrangements with completely accessible melodies to create folk/pop music that is at once surprising and catchy. Allison is an amazing talent and this album doesn't disappoint!

The Jazz Lemming

Just what I'm looking for in music
What can I say, I'm really glad I came across this. Allison's lyrics are intelligent, and I can relate/learn from them. It moves you in more ways than one. And that's what music's all about. I'm quite fond of the sax playing on this record, as well. The perfect blend of jazz and folk. Recommended!

Pandora Scooter

Moving, Fun, Vivacious, Keeps Me Company..
Great songs, flow, lyrics are unique, poetic, hit the solar plexis and keep me moving... I think folks who are into into Tori, Joni, Alanis, Ani will really enjoy...

Laura Turner Lynch

Sultry, lively edgy !
Tartalia mixes rock, jazz, pop, folk and funk to create a diverse stylish selection of songs. Piano arrangements, complex rhythms and horns add fluidity and depth to well crafted, expertly arranged songs. Tartalia has a sultry voice and sassy execution of poetic prose. 'Let it Go' showcases Allison's versatile vocals and the proficiency of the band. 'Tide' surges softly on delicate jazz sounds, smooth sexy vocals and powerful lyrics about broken relationships. This song is a deluge of gentle sights and styles. 'Absolutely Fabulous' is a delightful fusion of jazzy instrumentation and remarkable vocals. Allison Tartalia clearly demonstrates that she is more than Ready to take the music industry by storm.


A Cornucopia of Rhythm & Style
Being from a time in music when everything new is anything but, Allison Tartalia's "Ready" redefines the independent folk genre- proving that indie does not mean amateur and style needs not be stagnant. Her debut is a concoction chock full of exotic and delicious ingredients (ranging from folk to jazz to funk to even a bit of a mediterranean flavor) that puts the bland formula-ed mortifs they call popular music to shame. A skillful musician with an intoxicating voice, her lyrics are sure to seep through even the most impassive listeners.

Josh Wilder

fun and unique
Some of this stuff will totally blow you away -- "Back of my neck" especially, you don't want it to end; her voice booms this amazing, sultry vibrato that's sassy and powerful at the same time. "Dorothy's Reply" and "Absolutely Fabulous" get kinda ridiculous at times, especially the former (with lines like "and those damn wing'd monkeys"), but you have to take it more as campy fun than anything serious. That's not to say that Tartalia shouldn't be taken seriously though -- anyone who can sing "thou thou" and "thy winter sky" without sounding pretentious is definitely going places. Let's just hope she doesn't lose her originality along the way.

Amy K

love this album!
I've waited years for an Allison Tartalia album & she did not disappoint! The whole thing is fantastic, with a diverse range of musical styles, entrancing lyrics and a beautiful voice. I played this over and over for the first week I had it, and now every time I play it, I hear something new that I hadn't noticed before -- well worth the purchase, even at twice the price!


Infectious, haunting and definitely worth owning
From beginning to end, this CD took me through an array of emotions. From Allison's chilling, yet beautiful voice -- a cross between Fiona Apple and Alanis Morrissette, to the haunting and infectious melodies... I was enveloped; almost trapped. At the same time, her lyrics are both funny and intelligent. With each song, you get (what feels like) an exclusive glimpse into her heart and mind. You witness her bravery, her vulnerability, her soul. Like the song says, she's "absolutely fabulous" when she gets her groove on. You GO girl!

Oliver Paul (Germany)

Allison is love
First I was disturbed by the music. Normally I hear "beautiful" music. But than I realized that this music takes you to another side. And if you have heard Allison you can go back to your "normal" music and love her again and more (so called win-win-situation). That is a great effect. And than the more you hear Allison the more you love her. Now the CD is one of my diamonds I don't want to give away. Thanks so much Allison.

Oliver Paul (Germany)

Allison is love
First I was disturbed by the music. Normally I hear "beautiful" music. But than I realized that this music takes you to another side. And if you have heard Allison you can go back to your "normal" music and love her again and more (so called win-win-situation). That is a great effect. And than the more you hear Allison the more you love her. Now the CD is one of my diamonds I don't want to give away. Thanks so much Allison.
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