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Sunlight Loping

by Alexis Harte

The tree that yields Alexis' guitar and woody voice is firmly planted in Americana, but its long roots poke out around the world. "Editors' Choice" Acoustic Guitar Magazine -Dec 2003
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Sunlight Loping
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2. Puddle of Stars
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3. Golden Eggs
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4. Sweet Tooth
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5. Lap Dragons
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6. Parrots
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7. Russian Blue
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8. Stage
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9. Downstream of You
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10. Day for Numbers
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11. Last Legs
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"This album epitomizes everything that is good about music"
-Performer Magazine, January 2004

Acoustic Guitar Magazine also selected this CD as an Editors' Choice for December 2003.

They write, '"[Harte's] knack for catchy melodies, fresh lyrics, and deftly textured arrangements (integrating balafon, accordion, violin, and reeds into the mix), as well as crisp acoustic fingerpicking and taut soloing, confirm the original folk-rock sensibility he's forged since trading his Marshall amp head for an early 60s sunburst Gibson acoustic guitar."      

PERFORMER MAGAZINE- January 2004. From the original artwork on the sleeve to the polished vocals, song construction, and excellent musicianship, this album is first class the whole way. The energy is kept throughout without ever becoming overbearing, coming out with brilliant lyric after brilliant lyric. It is definitely evident that Alexis Harte took the time to perfect the songs and craft them properly before going into the recording studio. ... This album epitomizes everything that is good about music,... Alexis Harte's lyrics and impeccable attention to detail make this not only a catchy album, but sophisticated and thought provoking." -- Mark Kramer
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Alexis Harte's music renders a map that drops us straight into his head. We meet steel doors that open to fields crawling with life. We find parts of ourselves mixed in with his words. But just when there's a sense of familiarity, Harte takes us around the corner and it's a whole new scene.

Sunlight Loping has diverse cast of characters but it features the Kottke-esque finger-picking of Harte's acoustic guitar. His vocals move like smoke through the songs, wrapping organically around the other instruments. Each track is inextricably linked to the others by a strong narrative that runs throughout the album, and by Harte's unconventional arrangements.

Alexis Harte's debut solo CD, Junebug was selected as a Top 12 Independent Release by Performing Songwriter Magazine. Junebug's success both in the US and Europe led to the recording of this CD and the formation of his current ensemble that includes Alexis Harte on acoustic guitar, Randy Weaver on electric standup bass, Aaron Brinkerhoff on cocktail drums, and Adrian West on electric violin.
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Sunlight Loping is what happens when a thinking, feeling musician sets out with the single-minded purpose of creating the best recording of his career. It is a brand-new classic."

-Greg Dicum


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Michael Saunders

Virtuoso variety in all dimensions
Alexis is a faithful, inspiring companion many late nights at work. Sweet Tooth's a delight. Surely we can hear Janis J and Bobby McGee.
Russian Blue celebrates adventures with a dear friend, enigmatically cautioning against growing too fond. Take heart, the friend is a stray cat (Alexis explains) -- soon to fade with leukemia, but leaving behind the happiest times.

Alex

very glad to have this album
It feels like music I should have already heard. Gentle and direct, but also strong and intelligent. Musically and lyrically, it's American world music in the sense that here America is one nation among many, rather than the sum of the horizon. Basics: excellent playful guitar, song-writing, lyrics, near-excellent vocals. Emotionally, an insightful, hopeful, why not?

jean mann

textures of guitar swirlage wrapped in mesmerizing vocals and more...
A first listen to this CD leads to a second...Not just the swellingly rich guitar tinkles, nor Alexis' voice that grabs and holds on...picture this scene: a few talented guys hangin' out, playing music, as if they're actually having fun! Nothing incidental here but spontaneity itself. A few moments reminiscent of Taj Mahal and Tom Waits...not bad company to share! The guitar licks are lush and complex.
GO, now, and buy this CD. Your day will be complete for days to come.

Mike

Incredible CD. Everything I've heard about Alexis is an understatement!
I haven't decided which song on the CD is my favorite. They're all incredible! Alexis really has a solid sound and style with excellent material worth hearing over and over.

Kim M. Wilkinson

relaxing, uplifting, good-natured, sometimes startling but never mean
A beautiful voice, earthy, good-natured music and lyrics. Reminds me of early Paul Simon, or the Dire Straits. Some of the songs have that same mellow,
relaxing, but sometimes startling or unpredictable quality. Golden Eggs is my absolute favorite song on this CD, whenever I hear it I find myself grinning.

Kate Isenberg

Songs that reveal magic in the mudane
I always cue up "Puddle of Stars" when I'm at work, trying to remember the imaginative, inspiring hopes and dreams that shine light in the dark corners of worker-bee life. Alexis's understated delivery of the vocal just makes the message more poignant: we're alone in our hopes and fears, yet the commonality in compromising oneself for security can inspire us to connect and to break out of our routines. Songs like "Puddle of Stars," "Golden Eggs," "Lap Dragons," and "Parrots" reveal the magic on the borders of normal life. It's CDs like this that keep our minds alert to that magic, and convinced that we aren't alone in seeing it.