Jo Ann Smith | Lyrical

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by Jo Ann Smith

A collection of beautifully crafted instrumentals that are timeless, yet contemporary. Accompanied by guitar, mandolin, violin, cello and more, this is an album you'll listen to again and again.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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1. Patty Ann (Feat. Randy McSpadden, Guitar, Scott Schmidt, Mandolin & Weldon Ratliff, Cello)
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2. Rebecca (feat. Tom Skinner, Bass, Shelby Eicher, Fiddle & Scott Schmidt, Mandolin)
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3. Especially You (feat. Randy McSpadden, Guitar & Walt Bowers, piano and Hammond B-3)
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4. Skye Boat Song
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5. Fanny Power (feat. Weldon Ratliff, Cello & Randy McSpadden, Guitar)
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6. Bill Cheatham (Feat. Scott Schmidt, Mandolin, Tom Skinner, Bass & Randy Crouch, Fiddle)
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7. Amazing Grace (feat. Dan Maloney, Uillean Pipes)
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8. Hewlett (feat. Weldon Ratliff, Cello)
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9. Big Sciota (feat. Tom Skinner, Bass, Shelby Eicher, Fiddle, Randy McSpadden, Guitar & Scott Schmidt, Mandolin)
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10. Goodbye Liza Jane (feat. Tom Skinner, Bass, Randy Crouch, Fiddle, Randy McSpadden, Guitar & Scott Schmidt, Mandolin)
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11. Hyfrydol (feat. Weldon Ratliff, Cello, Scott Schmidt, Mandolin & Walt Bowers, Hammond B-3)
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12. Going Home (feat. Randy McSpadden, Guitar & Walt Bowers, Piano)
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13. Wayfaring Stranger (feat. Weldon Ratliff, Cello, Randy Crouch, Fiddle & Scott Schmidt, Mandolin)
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14. America the Beautiful (feat. Walt Bowers, Hammond B-3)
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Album Notes
The diatonic autoharp is a zither-like instrument with a hollow, trapezoid-shaped wooden body. it has 37 strings which are tuned to support a specific key and cover a dynamic range of 2 1/2 to 3 octaves. A series of damping bars, or chord bars, is mounted above the string bed and allows the player to selectively mute strings by applying pressure to a chord bar. The autoharp is held upright against the body and strummed or plucked to produce chords and notes with harp-like tones.

The autoharp had its beginnings as an early twentieth-century parlor instrument. Over the decades, it has evolved into a serious musical instrument capable of producing music of great beauty and complexity. Its ringing, bell-like quality blends well with many different stringed instruments and musical styles. This recording is a testament to the autoharp's versatility and potential.

The tunes recorded on this album are some of my personal favorites, from bluegrass to classical and everything in between. I hope they make you smile, tap your foot, laugh out loud, catch your breath and breathe a sigh. My hope is that you will enjoy this music as much as I enjoyed creating it.

Jo Ann Smith
May 2011


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Ryan Carr

Autoharps like no other..
My copy of 'Lyrical' came through the letterbox this morning and I have been playing the album ever since. The range and quality of the music is superb, and the arrangements are fantastic.

A wonderful addition to any folk/acoustic collection, and a must have for any autoharp enthusiast..

Will Smith (no relation)

No words needed - transporting
If you have stumbled upon this page thinking you'd never buy an "autoharp" album, think again. Beautifully arranged and impeccably played, this comes across as acoustic-folk chamber music, tastefully arranged instruments weaving in and out but always supporting the bell-like tones of the autoharp. No scratchy, rough edges here. Works as soothing background music or to concentrate on as virtuoso performance. The autoharp is a distant descendant of the lyre of Orpheus, so no words are needed to render these sounds "lyrical".