Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer | Seed of a Pine

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Seed of a Pine

by Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer

This delicate intertwining of music and life has borne fruit in the shape of a truly one of a kind artistic partnership. Compelling harmonies, thoughtful lyrics, and beautifully raw production bring this duo's debut collaboration into full light.
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1. So Comes the Day Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer
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2. Golden Grey Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer
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3. Serotiny (May Our Music) Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer
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4. Grow Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer
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5. Forget the Diamonds Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer
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6. Seed of a Pine Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer
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7. Comin' Down Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer
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8. Once Was Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer
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9. If You Will Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer
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10. Waking the Dreamer Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer
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11. Western Sky Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer
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12. Wordless Ones Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Human chemistry is indeed a mercurial thing. And adding any artistic endeavor into that mysterious balance can, every so often, create some true magic. For Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer (pronounced fair), the delicate intertwining of music, life and that always-fine interpersonal equilibrium has borne fruit in the shape of a truly one of a kind artistic partnership.

With the release of the songwriters’ first official collaboration, Seed of a Pine, the duo’s striking ability to blend their lush folk and Americana-influenced styles is on full display. McGraw’s consoling, velvety baritone voice, reminiscent of Greg Brown, coupled with Fer’s soaring and subtly powerful vocal approach, likened to that of Patty Griffin, puts a spit-shine polish on the finely crafted body of songs they have generated together. The intricate weavings of their vocal harmonies are undeniably exceptional. McGraw’s hard-hitting tunes echo narratives of the culture and landscape of the American West, wherein he thoughtfully spins tales of everyday folks looking for a little something more in their earthly existence. Fer takes a more dreamy approach, evoking complex and ethereal imagery within her sultry and haunting melodies. Her potent electric lead guitar playing, in the vein of jazz-fusion guitarist John Scofield, bravely propels this duo through their uniquely heartfelt and spirited live performances, winning over audiences night after night.

McGraw and Fer have amassed an admirable résumé and an ever-expanding fan base during their time playing music together. Having toured the U.S. from coast to coast, performing in highly esteemed theaters to intimate listening rooms, the pair has honed their skills sharing stages with fellow troubadours including Willy Porter, the Swell Season, Tony Furtado, Jeffrey Foucault and many others.

Seed of a Pine itself was recorded in Chicago during the summer of 2011 with renowned producer Zach Goheen and includes contributions from a litany of acclaimed musicians, including Wisconsin singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey, Po’Girl songstress Allison Russell, and Chicago’s JT Nero (of JT and the Clouds). McGraw and Fer will be touring nationally throughout 2012.



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Steven Johnson (FolkLive)

Highly, unequivocally recommended!
Probably my favorite Cd I bought in 2013, and I by a LOT of CDs. Filled with wonderful songwriting, tight inspired musicianship, and great vocals and harmonies. If i tried to narrow it down to a favorite song I could pick no fewer than four. Serotiny (May Our Music), So Comes the Day, Golden Grey, and If you will. Luckily i was also able to get to see them perform live last October at my concert series, Comfy Couch Concerts, a special night. A former wildlife biologist, Dave McGraw's songs are filled with the beauty and wonder of the natural world and Mandy's guitar playing is out of this world.

Joe Ross

A sense of tranquility & reflection in impressionistic songs
Singer/songwriters Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer have a knack for capturing the passionate beauty of original contemporary folk music. Evoking a sense of tranquility and reflection, their frank lyrics and life-affirming tales are woven around melodic lines that hold the fabric together. The set alternates with McGraw and Fer compositions, and this debut collaboration is a perfect showcase for their impressionistic songs. Drawn by 8-year-old Zia Kypta-Keith and inspired by the song “Seed of a Pine,” the watercolor that graces the album’s cover and jacket is indicative of the duo’s intriguing music. In fact, we also hear several references to colors in the stories they tell – purple sage, golden grey, angels dressed in blue, forests blooming green, streets painted in gold. Fer’s “Forget the Diamonds” reminds us that “behind the curtain there are colors you won’t believe exist.” McGraw’s “Comin’ Down” expresses “that dusk in mountain colors fades from blue to red to black, you glance over your sore shoulder, it’s too dark now to turn back.” While their music emphasizes earth tones, they also occasionally invoke dreamlike pictures with vibrant colors and shades.

Both are also guitarists, and Fer also lays piano, Wurlitzer, bells and tambourine into the mix on a few pieces. Instrumental support comes from Andrew Lauher (drums), Christopher Merrill (bass), Allison Russell (banjo), Nora Barton (cello), Peter Mulvey (electric guitar on one cut), Jared Rabin (violin), and Benny Sidelinger (Dobro). Russell, Mulvey and Jeremy “JT Nero” Lindsay also provide some vocal harmonies on a few cuts.

And “So Comes the Day” with their touching music, and like the monsoons that “turn everything green from dusty dirt brown,” McGraw and Fer paint their canvas with multi-hued images. May their music be heard. (Joe Ross, Sun209: The Americana Music Journal)