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by namoli brennet

The transgendered ADHD love child of Tracy Chapman and Bob Dylan.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. What I Wouldn't Give
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2. 7 Hours 15 Miles
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3. Chrysanthemum
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4. Stars
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5. 7 Eleven
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6. Beautiful Queen
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7. Between the Furrow and the Roses
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8. Faceless Men with Cold Hands
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9. Seed
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10. When You Go
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11. The Best Parts
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Album Notes
In a sea of singer/songwriters, Namoli Brennet stands out like an ostrich in a chicken yard. Not because of her stature (average height) or temperament (fairly gentle unless provoked) - certainly not because of her beady black eyes and propensity to run at speeds up to 50 mph (although she did do some sprinting in high school). Maybe it's time to drop the analogy, which is quickly becoming a bit of a stretch. What we're trying to say is, she's different. Commanding. Intriguing. Unique. As Obi-Wan Kenobi said after leaving a Namoli Brennet show, "I have FELT her presence."

Although based in Tucson, AZ, Brennet has honed her craft through hundreds of performances and thousands of miles on the road. This past year alone she's played in San Diego, LA, Phoenix, Seattle, Chicago, Kalamazoo, DC, NYC, Albany, Boston, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and many other places in New England that end with the word "bury". While racking up thousands of frequent flyer miles, she's shared the stage with such greats as Melissa Ferrick, Jill Sobule and Michelle Shocked. In addition to performing at legendary venues like Club Passim in Cambridge, Brennet is a regular at East Coast Pride festivals, Including DC Pride, with an estimated attendance of 250,000.

All of this travelling has produced a seasoned performer who is both powerful and poignant; her impassioned performances, punctuated by her quirky humor and enthusiasm, have won over fans all over the country. When she's not busy touring, you can usually find Namoli writing, recording and producing her latest CD. In just under 3 years, she's independently released 4 albums and 2 EPs on her own label, Girl's Gotta Eat Records, as well as helping out other emerging artists like Tammy West.

She's a non-vegetarian who enjoys tofu dishes. In a pinch, she's been known to choose the stairs over the escalator. She reads Tom Robbins and Annie Proulx, but also enjoys internet horoscopes. She's nothing if not enigmatic and charming.("And talented", says Namoli's Mom.) Yeah, talented too. (Thanks, Mom). This girls gotta eat, and she's coming to your town. Now go feed the rock star.


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Becky Juro

It's Just Cool...
I could blather on quite a while about how great this album is, the truth is it can be summed up rather succinctly with just this: It's just cool...a unique voice and meaningful songs.

And yeah, maybe the fact that I'm also a transwoman adds some extra depth and relevance for me, but this album most certainly succeeds on all levels.

Great stuff.

Alicia McMillen

Stars is Amazing!
Out of all the songs on this album Stars is
one of my favorite songs from all Namoli's albums.

What I Wouldn't Give- is a very fast paced song
with a message.

Crysanthemum is a beautifully melodic song that
has great acoustic guitar playing and singing.
I think the lyrics are very meaningful.

Between The Furrow and The Roses- is a very nicely crafted song which tells a story. It is
beautifully sung and played.

Jennifer D

It hits at your heart....
Namoli's new cd is wonderful. I cannot say enough about her music and lyrics. As a transgender female myself I feel so much when I hear her music and this cd is as good as her past work.

Lee in Tempe

Emotionally riveting
Namoli really nails it with this album. It's heart wrenching and truthful. It's an album that makes you believe that there is purpose in the Universe and that some special people are put on this earth to comment on it (and write songs about it.)


This cd is sweet and uplifting and at the same time, "When You You Go" can rip your heart right out. Very talented singer/songwriter! Will not miss when you tour the SF area!

Sapphire Sue

There's room for the drive...hop in
My dad gave me her cd for Christmas. He knows I'm a fan.
I love the drive of this music and how you get caught up in the sound and visual of the lyrics. Her voice keeps me wanting more. That's a good thing. So, I also love the thickness of the sound, where nothing is missing. It all fits. Reminds me of someone playing music from their soul.
I dig that.

C.E. Skidmore

Namoli Brennet is a siren whose gravelled voice sings through to the bone.
With a voice that's as unique as it is haunting, Namoli Brennet digs her heels into the folk circuit as a female Tom Waits. Her latest album, "Chrysanthemum", is a labor of vivid tonality and storytelling. Namoli embraces the key elements of superior songwriting with a style that's both whimsical and relevant. A listener is inclined to curl a brief smile in the re-telling of Brennet's anecdotes and perhaps even feel their own heart break a little. Chrysanthemum rings out as one of the most promising folk albums since the heyday of the Guthrie regime. Brennet shines on songs like "Stars" and "Faceless Men with Cold Hands". Namoli Brennet is a siren whose gravelled voice sings through to the bone.

Sue from Lawrence, KS

One of my new faves
Got this cd as a gift for the holidays from a galpal in Tucson (thanks Jean). She had been telling me Namoli was amazing. Now that I have the proof in my cd player, I only wish I lived closer to Arizona so I could get some live Namoli going on! This cd is well rounded. The music is great and the lyrics are brilliant! Highly recommended!