Cesca Waterfield | Sweetbriar

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by Cesca Waterfield

Americana with punk intensity; Raw emotion and powerhouse vocals, haunting lyrics, & melodies you'll be humming. This is music that creates listeners.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Islington Road
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2. Voice on the Phone
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3. Blood & Wine
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4. Riley
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Album Notes
"Her voice [has] a touch of blues and the intensity of gospel. Her lyrics are downright stirring."
Rootstown Magazine, Belgium

"Upon first listen, I knew this girl had something special. Upon several more listens I was all but awestruck. This 4- song EP is amazing."
Rikk Matheson, www.rikksrevues.com

"'Riley' reminds me vocally of the great Emmylou Harris. Cesca has a gift for weaving a tale... "Sweetbriar" makes the perfect addition to any Americana collection."
Dennis Halsey, The Best Female Musicians, NYC

"I love your style and writing and you have a great voice."
Laney Goodman, host of nationally syndicated radio show Women in Music with Laney Goodman, Boston, MA

"... quite stunning in terms of songwriting,
passion and performance. Beautiful and powerful material."
GEORGE MAIDA, Radio station WCVE, Richmond, VA

"Great original style and a real vocal talent."
CUPIT MUSIC, Nashville

"Cesca Waterfield's music is ... Simple in the fact that it is just her guitar and her powerful voice, [and] complex because of the lyrics and the talent evident in her playing and vocals."

***Disembodied bio voice says***

Cesca has performed for enthusiastic audiences in NYC at the Bitter End, The Fort, Arlene's Grocery, the old Fast Folk Café; Boston's Club Passim, Kendall Cafe, Lizzard Lounge, All Asia; in Atlanta at Eddie's Attic; in Asheville, Decatur, St. Louis...

***Cesca says***

I grew up in Alabama & Virginia playing guitar & writing songs, losing my shoes in creeks, reading every music publication I could scrounge in either one stoplight town, & writing articles about my impending rock stardom.

I went to college in North Carolina and dove into theatre for the chance to sing & because getting naked backstage with a bunch of people seems the most efficient mode of introduction. Besides, they partied more dangerously than the Social Work majors.

I fell completely accidentally on purpose into an experimental lifestyle. My friends back home attributed this change to the distance between my parents and me. I disagreed, insisting that in fact, the change was due to the distance between my parents' church and me.

Dang, it was fun.

I sing & play because I can't help it. I write poetry because I love the orgasmic riot of beating my head against a wall until I feel something give, & then the tense erotic excitement of feeling around to see if it was my head or the wall.

My perverse creative writing persistence has resulted in my
being published in several journals, most recently in Powhatan Review & Blue Collar Review, a progressive literary journal fostering workers' rights. It's too late for them to change their minds, so Ha!

Thank you for listening!


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Jess Astin

I'm so happy to discover this!
I found this late one night and listened. It woke me right up. Her voice is what I noticed first, but her lyrics are great, they are surprising. I thought Patty Griffin wrote good lyrics, you should hear this. You will find yourself singing the songs. If you like Lucinda, you will like Cesca but other than that, I don't know who else Cesca sounds like. That's a very good thing

Laura Endicot

raw passion, melodies and stories... this girl can sing!
Sweetbriar is a great collection of songs and a promising first EP. It is well-worth many spins on your player.

"Islington Road" is raw and passionate and Cesca sings like a medium for the character. "Voice On The Phone" is a driving and emotional song with startling and honest lyrics. "Blood & Wine" -- Wow. This is a very sexy song in a way not often heard. Nothing about it is naive. The guitar work is just great. "Riley" is a story song, a portrait. Again, Cesca shows a strength for characters, melody, and snippets of humor in dark moments.

We want more!

Gray Burchette

Beautiful voice. A great listen
This ep is well worth the money. The recording sounds pristine. The songs are well crafted and the voice is great.
Thank you Cesca!!!

Nell Wilson

Such a soulful, powerful voice!


I m not a reviewer of music
This is really good. It sounds like music that someone who does music for her life. It sounds like a lot of what I have seen but didn't or couldn't describe.

Jim Agnew

As I sat in a tavern in Boston talking with Cesca after I had known her for about 4 months, I said, "Are you gonna give me a CD?" She said, "No. You are gonna buy one." I'm not going to bog this down with a replay of the conversation. I will say this, I followed through and bought it. The CD has been on auto repeat for many days now. I hope every one would heed those words, "...you are gonna buy one." The music is great, the lyrics flow and while they flow they move your soul. I hope the industry would not pass her by, she is an artist that is dripping with talent.

William Collier

I bought this CD a few months ago and it has yet to lose its novelty.
Most of the time, I am not a huge fan of female artist. I guess I just can't relate. Not since Liz Phaire's BJ Queen have I been able to identify with a female artist until I heard this CD. It was sent to about 3 months ago and it has yet to lose it's novelty.

Rikks Revues

Cesca, sweetness of Sweet Briar
........couldn't help comparing Cesca a bit to Joni Mitchell , she by no means copies Joni , but the style of songwriting is reminiscent . Cesca has such a powerful delivery it forces you to stand back and take notice . For full review, visit Rikks Revues pop pages....

Ally Jackson

Cesca is incredibly delicous. She moves my soul. Thanks for being you CESCA L
Music is fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cesca ROCKS

J Ruberton

Rare and unique
One of the most unique EPs I have ever heard, sung with passion and conviction.