Mary Johnson Rockers & The Spark | Hummingbird Heart

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Hummingbird Heart

by Mary Johnson Rockers & The Spark

A triumph for this Americana songstress, here's a lyrical journey driven by strong harmonies and roots rhythms, with a range of offerings from finger-picked heartache to bluesy late-night swagger.
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1. Cleveland Mary Johnson Rockers and the Spark
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2. Lucio Mary Johnson Rockers and the Spark
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3. Never Break Me Mary Johnson Rockers and the Spark
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4. Hummingbird Heart Mary Johnson Rockers and the Spark
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5. Ten Things Mary Johnson Rockers and the Spark
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6. Common Ground Mary Johnson Rockers and the Spark
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7. Eyes on the Road Mary Johnson Rockers and the Spark
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8. Move Along Mary Johnson Rockers and the Spark
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Album Notes
Mary Johnson Rockers is:

Mary Johnson Rockers- guitar, vocals
Miriam Chicurel-vocals
Jim Kremidas- guitars, dobro, banjo, mandolin, pedal steel, vocals
Kenneth Peterson-bass
Matt Jenkins-percussion

James Wallace -percussion on "Hummingbird Heart"

"Hummingbird Heart" was recorded, produced and mixed by John Plymale at Overdub Lane in Durham, NC, coproduced by Jim Kremidas, and mastered by Brent Lambert at Kitchen Mastering in Carrboro, NC. (c) 2011 Yellow House Records, (P) Sadimerk Publishing. All songs written by Mary Johnson Rockers and Jim Kremidas (ASCAP).

Record Review
Independent Weekly
August 10, 2011

Mary Johnson Rockers' Hummingbird Heart
(self-released)

by Chris Parker

--While the third release by Mary Johnson Rockers is predicated on resilience, it doesn't take much effort to get through the eight-track mini-album. The songs are so catchy, well-written and eclectic that, at just over 30 minutes, it feels as though it's over before it's begun. Though previous releases hewed close to country-folk, Rockers takes her alto croon further afield on the latest, particularly with the sultry late-night strut "Eyes on the Road." Like most of the album, it resonates with strong perspective. Citing those individuals who "Talk about anybody but themselves/ They are the messengers of bad news riding on my tail," Rockers (yes, that's her last name, not her band name) winds through her extended metaphor with titular tunnel vision.

The most arresting tune, though, is the one immediately preceding it, "Ten Things," a bustling country number reminiscent of John Prine's "In Spite of Ourselves." Matching the classic Prine tune in tone and wit, its heartfelt sentiment ("You tire me out and make me so mad/ but I can't live without you because for everything I don't like, there's ten things I love") and sticky melody make it nearly irresistible.

Were "Ten Things" and "Eyes on the Road" the only winners, this would still be a triumph, but several other songs distinguish themselves as well. Driven by wonderful flamenco-tinged guitar and a great martial rhythm, "Lucio" tells a lost-at-sea story; "Never Break Me" is a biting country rocker that recalls Kelly Willis. The title track is another showcase of Rockers' versatility. The pretty, fingerpicked folk tune sketches a portrait of a child with a fluttering heart. It taps into the album's theme of endurance—"Turn your will into wings/ show the world you will sing one day"—and offers further evidence for Rockers' evocative lyrical gifts.--


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