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Little Star

by Girlyman

"Beautiful music.Girlyman's harmony-driven style veers from urban folk to country to rock to calypso doo-wop, as the songwriters effortlessly switch off lead vocals." - Salon.com
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1. On The Air
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2. Superior
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3. Speechless
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4. Young James Dean
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5. Soldiers
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6. I Wonder Where You've Gone
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7. Commander
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8. Bird on the Wire
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9. Genevieve
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10. Kittery Tide
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11. I Know Where You Are
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Album Notes
"The biggest flaw of Girlyman's newest CD, "Little Star," is that it only has 12 tracks. Just when you really get into the groove of one of the best new folk-rock bands to appear on the scene since Ani DiFranco reinvented the "one girl, one guitar" routine, it's over. At the end of "This Is Me," you're abandoned, left howling for more; naked, crazy, and prepared to hunt down Ty, Nate, and Doris so you can make them sing to you all day long. Then the repeat function on your stereo kicks in, and your inner beast is calmed for another 46.4 minutes."
-Boston Edge


Girlyman's second CD, "Little Star," is a collection of twelve original songs tied together by themes of love and war. Co-produced by Girlyman (Ty Greenstein, Nate Borofsky, and Doris Muramatsu) and engineer Bob Harris, Little Star also features Julie Wolf of the Ani DiFranco band on accordion and keyboards, and Joe Dye on pedal steel.

"My favorite albums have always been the ones that feel like a journey," says Ty. "With 'Little Star' the idea was to end up in a different place than where you began." The CD begins with the upbeat "On the Air," the story of a has-been TV host, and ends with "This is Me," which is narrated from the perspective of a war veteran. Throughout, the members of Girlyman switch off songwriting duties and a range of instruments, including the acoustic and baritone guitar, djembe, banjo, and mandolin. "There's straight-up pop, a slow country dance, a variation on bluegrass that we call "girlygrass," something vaguely jazzy, and a couple rockers," continues Ty. Lyrically, there's both commentary and, as usual, confession."

The three members of Girlyman scheduled the group's first rehearsal for September 11, 2001. Doris Muramatsu and Ty Greenstein, who met in the second grade, had recently abandoned their former project as a modern folk duo; their friend Nate Borofsky had just moved to New York after four solo years on the Boston singer-songwriter circuit. When all three suddenly found themselves living in the same Brooklyn apartment, it seemed only natural to combine their talents into a new group. Obviously, the September 11 rehearsal was quickly forgotten, but the events of that day helped shape the trio's vision: "It brought us in touch with our own mortality," says Nate. "We wanted to do what felt right to us, and to not take ourselves too seriously. We started out by calling ourselves Girlyman."

Maybe it's this mix of sincerity and humor that has audiences nationwide falling for Girlyman, or maybe it's just that their soaring three-part harmonies are unlike anything you've ever heard. Maybe it's their folk-pop-bluegrass sound-something like Nickel Creek meets the B-52's-or the catchy, often haunting melodies. Either way, Girlyman is on a roll. After the group won a 2004 Independent Music Award for their debut CD "Remember Who I Am," Amy Ray (one of the contest's judges) signed them to her indie label Daemon Records. When the Indigo Girls invited Girlyman to join them on the road, the band received standing ovations at nearly every show and sold so many CDs that the label had to make an emergency shipment...and when those sold out, another.

Since then, the buzz about Girlyman has grown to a low roar. Girlyman has recently performed on internationally syndicated radio shows like Mountain Stage and has received dazzling reviews in dozens of national and regional publications. "Remember Who I Am" went on to win the 2004 Outmusic Award for Best New Album. And the trio's robust 2004 festival season included appearances at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Boston Folk Festival, and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, where Girlyman was voted "Most Wanted to Return."

"The word about Girlyman is spreading like wildfire," says Amy Ray, "and the kicker is that they've just begun."


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Melinda Marshall

simply amazing!!!!!!
simply an amazing and beautiful cd! Amazing vocals and composition and superlative writing! I cannot stop listening to girlyman or this new cd!!!!

ThumbsUp

Another Wow CD from Girlyman
Soul-touching harmonies and delicious musicianship make this a CD that you will listen to again and again. The main attractions of Girlyman are certainly back in force. Compared to the first album, this recording is tighter, more polished and professional - they just sound great.

Totally0Random

Even better than the first time!
I've seen Girlyman live many times, and they're just amazing. Their covers, which are not available on CD, are often beautiful and sometimes hilarious. For those of you who don't have the chance to see them live, Little Star is the next best thing. The songs on the CD sound so close to the live versions that you can sit back an imagine being there. If you want real music played by fiercely talented musicians who clearly love making music, Little Star will live in your CD player for weeks. Girlyman has combined the best aspects of the folk, pop, rock, and bluegrass genres. Their music is a rare mixture of lush three-part harmonies, well crafted lyrics, emotional depth, humor, and social commentary. I have been addicted to Girlyman’s first CD, Remember Who I Am, and Little Star is proof that the band is getting better and better. This is easily the best CD released this year. I love all the songs on Little Star, but my favorites are On the Air, Young James Dean, Soldiers, Bird on the Wire, and This is Me.

icyspook

little star is a huge star
that first review from the boston reviewer really says it all! the cd is fun to listen to, has the beautiful harmonies girlyman is known for, and will not disappoint.

Lorenzino

There are not enough superlatives to adequately describe this group.
I held my breath when I ordered Girlyman's second CD, "Little Star," from CD Baby. The first album, "Remember Who I Am," was absolutely wonderful, and I feared the follow-up could not possibly match my expectations. Happily, "Little Star" shines just as brightly. I holds pride of place in my car's CD player, unseating "Remember Who I Am," which had been playing there continuously since I found Girlyman. Wow. (I just hope they make it back to Portland, Oregon, where we can hear them in person!)

Amie Norris

Fan-freakin'-tastic
Frankly, I loved the first CD so much that I was hesitant to buy the second for fear that it just wouldn't cut it. Boy was I glad when I received it and listened right away - home run! This album is fantastic - my favorite tracks are Soilders and Commander.

Amy

Warning: very addicting
I saw Girlyman in concert when they opened for Dar Williams and was totally blown away by their beautiful harmonies. I ordered this CD the very next day. Since then, it has been on constant rotation in my car CD player. This is an awesome CD start to finish---as someone else said, it's hard to pick just one favorite song! I *highly* recommend it.

Erin

Impressive!!
I'd never heard of them, just bought the CD on a whim, and I am VERY happy I did. Every time I put it in, people ask who it is. I am impressed!!

Tina

excellent Cd !!!
Excellent Cd !!! I first heard of Girlyman on NPR and was glad to find your them on CD Baby. Harmonies are beautiful!

Steve Hewitt

Great follow up to one of the most impressive cds I own!
Yes, I too wondered whether this dinamic trio could have a successful somphmore cd - they have it! Here again are the wonderful arrangements, great solos, and beautiful harmonies - so much better than the usual- and thank doggie not over produced - just enough. Great follow up to one of the most impressive cds I own!
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