The artists who donated songs for this compilation are either residents of Vermont, or have a connection to Vermont. The songs were written well before Hurricane Irene hit and are not about hurricanes (although Bow Thayer’s “Good Time To Holler” sounds like it could have been!) Sometimes relationships—personal, business, and otherwise—have a strong resemblance to hurricanes. But once the hurricane is over, the peace, calm, and joy set in. The songs were tracked as one long story. We hope you enjoy the story! Here is a little bit about each artist:
Not every artist can say they opened for BB King or shared the stage with Phish at age 16. But Seth Yacovone (rhymes with macaroni) can! Since those days, Seth has released a few albums including a double-album entitled, Land of Split Decision, and gigs around the Northeast. Measured Mile (1), a Roots Rock tune, is the first track from that double CD and a great way to begin this CD.
Erin McDermott released Time To Go just a few months ago. It boasts a few Nashville heavy-hitters and Grammy award winners including Tim O’Brien. Time To Go (2) is the title track. She calls her genre FolkAss (a mix of folk and bluegrass).
Patrick Fitzsimmons barely escaped cancer, but is now in remission and working on his next release. The Waiting Place (3) was written for his last album, So Beautiful So Blue-a folk album that was recorded while undergoing cancer treatment. Patrick has had song-writing nominations and is a former member of the group From Good Homes (RCA).
Havoc (4) from Opaque EP was not written about Irene, but is aptly titled for this project. Award-winning alternative-folk/pop singer/songwriter Gregory Douglass states that the song is about the demon inside of us all. He also donated one of the bonus holiday tracks-What A Long Year It Was (15) from is holiday EP, Merry. Gregory has released eight full-length albums and several EPs and singles.
Amber deLaurentis started her career in Philadelphia as part of a European tour sponsored by Steve Madden shoes. She now resides in Vermont where she not only continues her singer/songwriter career, but also teaches vocal jazz at the University of Vermont. Her donated song, Cryin’ Kind (5) is from her last release, Hey Sadie, an alt-country CD, as well as a song for the holidays, 2010 single-All Year Long (17). She, too, is an award-winning songwriter.
Work It Out (6) from the new trio, Hotels & Highways, is from their 2011 debut album Lost River. It features singer/songwriters Patrick Thomas-who also donated a holiday track-Giving My Christmas (18)-Lisa Piccirillo, and Erin (Syd) Sidney, all of whom have their own solo careers. They are presently on tour.
Bow Thayer donated Good Time To Holler (7) from his 2010 critically acclaimed album, Bottom of the Sky. The record faired well on the Americana and Non-Comm Triple-A radio charts. Bow has an extensive discography and is the muscle behind the annual Tweed River Music Festival held in Vermont.
Edie Carey was born in Vermont, grew up in Boston, spent time in Maine, and now resides in Chicago. She states that she has always felt a strong connection to Vermont and wrote Come Inside (8) in hopes of comforting someone. The song comes from her 2011release Bring The Sea featuring Shawn Mullins. She is a frequent performer on the Cayamo Cruises.
Justin Levinson received his degree at Berklee College of Music in Boston and has since released two studio albums. Home (9), is from his debut release, Bury Your Love (Folk/Alt-Country). Justin is presently touring in support of his second release, “Predetermined Fate” and is working on a third release.
Casey Lynn Dubie stepped into a recording studio in 2010 three days after her high school graduation and recorded a 4-song folk/pop EP. The title track, In Your Atmosphere (10), was donated for this project and has been picked up by Nashville song-pluggers and licensing agencies. Casey states her biggest musical influence has been John Mayer.
Pictures (11) comes from Lowell Thompsons second release, Lowell Thompson & Crown Pilot (Alt-Country) and had a shout-out by Rolling Stone magazine. He has opened for fellow Vermonter Grace Potter several times and now floats between Austin, TX and Vermont.
Patti Casey is no stranger to the folk world. She has released several albums throughout her career and most recently has teamed up with the folk group Woods Tea Company. We selected Spread Joy Over This Land (12) from her recent and critically acclaimed record The Heart of a Waiting Boy.
Aaron Flinn, another graduate of Berklee, is a multi-instrumentalist and has an extensive discography. Beyond his own career, he has stepped in to play guitar for many Vermont-based groups. Aaron is releasing a new record this month entitled, Miss Ready Blossom and the Seed of Dreams. We selected his new song Singing (13) for this compilation.
Scott Forrest knows first hand the havoc raised by Irene. His town, Rochester, VT was one of the towns hit the hardest. He hasn’t had much time for music lately as he has had a shovel in his hands. Tick Tock (14) comes from When I’m In Paris. Scott won a Valentine song contest in 2009 sponsored by Garrison Keillor’s Prarie Home Companion. The winning song was O’s & X’s Rachel.
December In Vermont (16), the title track from that album, is a beautiful folk ballad by veteran singer/songwriter Diane Zeigler. It describes the beauty of winter in Vermont. She is presently on hiatus raising her young family.
Last but not least, Patrick Thomas (Hotels & Highways) donated the single Giving My Christmas (18). It’s a beautiful way to end this compilation. We hope you enjoy VERMONT and help spread the word about this Red Cross benefit!