donal hinely | We Built a Fire

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We Built a Fire

by donal hinely

"one freakin' good Americana record"--Pop Matters Magazine//"like early John Prine, but the wit is all Dylan"--IndieMusic//"vivid storytelling lyrics peppered with pieces of reality that make each song memorable"--Paste
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Gasoline
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2. Drunkard Moon
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3. These are the Days
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4. 4225 Wellington Arms
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5. Take My Heart
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6. Cynthianna
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7. Hey Paul Revere
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8. Easier
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9. Long Way Home
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10. Promise of a Dream
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11. Henry Ford
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12. Twisted
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13. We Built a Fire
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Album Notes
With roots sunk deep in the same storytelling tradition of Texas singer/songwriters like Steve Earle and Townes Van Zandt, Donal Hinely speaks in a voice that is both intimate and authentic. Spinning tales of hard luck, love, missed opportunity and die-hard hope, Hinely writes songs that skirt the outer fringes of country, folk, and straight ahead rock. Dave Higgs, host of NPR's syndicated Bluegrass Breakdown, put it simply: "this is really good stuff--sharp, insightful writing married to memorable tunes."

His breakthrough CD, We Built a Fire (2003, Scuffletown Records) establishes Hinely as one of the premier Americana artists today. Co-produced by David Henry (Cowboy Junkies, Josh Rouse), We Built a Fire features appearances by Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Kim Richey, guitarist Will Kimbrough (Todd Snider, Rodney Crowell), and members of Wilco, the Edwin McCain Band, and Hayseed Dixie.

Some recent praise for We Built A Fire:

"sharply written Americana rooted in the tradition of brilliant blue collar observers like Springsteen and Earle."
-Choice Cuts

"one of the best singer/songwriter albums of the year...5 stars"
-Roots Revival

"just brilliant...has the rare ability to completely engross the listener and transport him or her to another place and time"
-Dave Higgs, Nashville Public Radio

"this record should bring many new fans into the fold"

"a considerable new talent"
-Folk World

"5 stars...extraordinary"
-Twang Tone Magazine

"quality songwriting...simply great"
-Pop Matters Magazine

"a genuine's time for Donal Hinely to break out of the pack"
-Dagger Magazine

"a cocktail of humor and heartbreak"
-Americana UK

"what really impresses is Hinely's songwriting"
-Country Music People (UK)

"a fine eye for the truths of the ordinary and the shadowy sides of life"
-Roots66 Magazine

"much better than anything to come from mainstream Nashville since the Garth Brooks,anti-Hank crowd took over."
-Indie Music

"a breath of fresh air for folks looking for the art form to expand...literate countrified poetics along the lines of Robert Earl Keen, Jr."
-Joe Sixpack's Country Music Guide


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Pieter from Holland

Singer songwriter which can sing
As i am very focussed on lady singer songwriters, the new CD of Donal was trigged through the contribution of Kim Richey, i have to be honest in this regard. But shame to me, Donal is great he can be put in the same line with John Gorka and David Wilcox, to mention only two. Furthermore the singing of Mindy Smith is great, wish i found a record of her ( please if you know she made one, let me know were i can get one). Donal keep the good work going, look forward to your next.


Donal done went and surprised me!
I wasn't sure what to expect as I'm a huge Glasnots fan and this was kind of a step for me - to imagine Donal as something other than the Glasnots. I am, however, so glad that I bought the cd. The lyrics are fabulous. The stories are well told and sung. The music is beautiful. The whole cd is just fabulous. What a wonderful surprise and a wonderful cd to enjoy, over and over again. Thumbs up from Texas!

Lynne M. of Bitchin' Entertainment

Buy this CD!
If you're a fan of the Texas (specifically Austin) music scene or enjoy artists on labels like Lost Highway Records, you NEED to add this recording to your music collection. Donal is a spectacular talent and "We Built A Fire" is certainly a reflection of it.

Neal "Mongo" Cross

The greatest album ever...and i mean it.
There is not one song on this cd that does not touch my soul. Every strum, every note, every lyric brings me to one place in time or another and urges me to remember the times when things were good, great and not so good/great. This man is a storyteller of the highest caliber. I've been a fan of Glasnots since the late 80's, and i always thought there could be a contemporary outlet for Donal's mastery of lyric and song. And folks, here is the best of the best.


Bought it for one song & liked the whole thing
My name is Cynthianna, and that's why I bought this CD. But I ended up liking the whole thing! My other favorite song is These Are the Days.