Guillaume | State of Grace

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State of Grace

by Guillaume

French-born singer-songwriter explores Americana equipped with serious guitar chops and a stellar band, delivering rootsy, bluesy songs with hints of rock and country.
Genre: Country: Country Folk
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1. Coast To Coast
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2. My Baby Left Me Blues
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3. Ghost Of Ellis Island
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4. My Sweet Baby
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5. Better Days
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6. buy It Today, Pay It Off Someday
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7. Fall From Grace
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8. The One He Loved Best
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9. Phone Call Blues
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10. Say What's On Your Mind
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11. September 15, 2008
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12. You Are My Home
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13. Doux Henri (My Sweet Baby- French Version)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Guillaume is part of this new breed of singer-songwriters that seem to defy categorization. While deeply rooted in the blues, country and American folk, his music incorporates many other influences, a testament to Guillaume's broad musical background.



Guillaume grew up in Paris, France, and began music as a classical violinist. He later switched to the piano, and eventually found his calling in the guitar. After a few stints with various rock outfits and having relocated to New York, Guillaume switched his attention to the acoustic guitar. During these formative years Guillaume studied with some of the best acoustic guitarists on the planet including Woody Mann, Martin Simpson, Bob Brozman, John Cephas, Mike Dowling, Steve James.



In 2003, Guillaume release his first solo record Traverse, a collection of original tunes crafted over the years, including two tracks with lyrics by Carl Casinghino. In the studio Guillaume enlisted the help of the Casinghino 7, a Northampton-based jazz/blues band.



In 2005 Guillaume partnered with Jon Vesey to form the Second Fiddles, a country blues, country and ragtime combo featuring tight vocal harmonies, guitar, mandolin, banjo and harmonica. The Fiddles have matured and thrived and continue to be a force to be reckoned with on the New York City roots scene having performed close to 40 gigs in 2008 and shared the stage with some of today's greatest proponents of the acoustic blues genre such as Mary Flower, Steve James, Del Rey, Rich DelGrosso, Mike Dowling, Eric & Suzy Thomson, David Bennett Cohen.



In 2008 Guillaume experienced some life changes that inspired him to record a second solo set of original tunes, may of them dealing with tough economic times, his young son and wife, and a hint of politics for good measure. This new CD called State of Grace was co-produced by David Bennett Cohen (former member of 1960's band Country Joe & the Fish) and features David on piano, Jon Vesey on mandolin, and a host of other great contributions.



For the remainder of 2009, Guillaume looks forward to some great Second Fiddles performances and a possible recording project!


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Michael

fantastic album
I've been listening to this album for the last few months. I was impressed with this production from the start, but over the last few weeks it's really grown on me and I've been listening to it pretty much daily. It's just so nice to hear some great new original music, and the sound is absolutely perfect. Guillaume has a great voice and talent.

Carl

Current solo album by Guillaume reaches new heights
As one can see from his continued playing in NYC-area roots clubs, Guillaume has been honing his extensive guitar talents, singing prowess, and fully developed songwriting; now he has produced an exceptional album. The range of songs flows extremely well and the playing is top-of-the-line throughout. While it is definitely a rootsy album, the writing and playing don't feel at all like a creaky homage or "old-timey" -- it feels current and unpretentious, a truly resounding success by this artist, leaving one wanting to hear his next work.

Regis

A must have!
I've been following Guillaume's eclectic musical journey through his early 90's debut with Beatitude and more recently with The Second Fiddles. Sprinkle two solo albums in the mix (first Traverse and now this one) and you get a brilliant montage of various influences from rock/pop to bluegrass and a lot in between.
State of Grace is personal on many levels and hits home with me. From joblessness to fatherhood, Guillaume shares emotions with humility, humor and tenderness. A versatility you can find in his melodies too: subtle yet engaging, and oh so well crafted. Guillaume's sound only gets better: besides a cleaner production on this album, both artist's guitar and vocal abilities have matured and keep impressing . I thoroughly enjoyed this album and highly recommend it.

MickNYC

A Modern Classic
I picked up this album expecting to hear a homage to American roots in blues or bluegrass but in fact, it's a much more artistic melding of contemporary moods and music with a reach back into our musical past. Each track is a surprise and I find myself growing more and more attached to the album each time I listen to it. One of the nicest musical gems I've come across in a long time. I don't want to draw any comparisons to other artists because I really hear so many different influences that I think every listener will take something different away from it. Give it a listen, it's really something special.

Let's hope we hear more from Guillaume. A lot more!