Nancy Sferra | Smoke and Bone

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Smoke and Bone

by Nancy Sferra

A debut album of folk and blues songs about blue collar relationships, con artists, life's challenges and men with little dogs.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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1. A Real Big Man
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2. Anyplace but Here
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3. Circles Round My Head
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4. Life's Okay
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5. Long Long Legs
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6. Your Cat Is a Haunt in My Lap
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7. Brash
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8. Quiche Lorraine
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9. Smoke and Bone
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10. They're Gonna Find Out
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11. Cheap Champagne
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12. A Secret All Mine
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13. The Line
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Nancy Sferra is a multi-instrumentalist living in midcoast Maine. She got her musical start teaching herself to play guitar on a nylon string Harmony (purchased with S & H Green Stamps, no less) in her bedroom, which is pretty much where her playing remained for the next 20 years. Searching for more creative outlets, she discovered a love of songwriting and the community around music and songwriting, particularly strong in Maine.

With the new millennium, Nancy began performing her folk-blues compositions locally and decided it was time to record some of her musical ideas. At the same time, she ventured into learning new instruments such as lap steel, banjo, ukulele, banjo-ukulele, and washboard. Accordion, for better or worse, is on the horizon.

Nancy’s inspiration for song lyrics comes from found poems – snatches of overhead conversation, notes from a discarded journal, objects, lines from books or other texts, and photographs. For instance, her song “A Cat is a Haunt in My Lap” originated from a diary left in an abandoned house. Around these images and ideas, she builds stories into her lyrics. In the spirit of Lucinda Williams, the specific acts and objects of daily life serve symbolically to lend her songs a poetic and philosophical context. The story inspires the mood and melody of the song and she experiments with instrumentation to complement the moods and undertones of the song’s narrative. Her songs are often focus on the working class, day to day struggles, and the simple life inspired by the rural Maine culture. While she deals with serious subject matter, many of her songs are whimsical or have a comedic element.

Nancy was a finalist in the 2012 New England Songwriting Contest with her song, “The Line”. She is a board member of the Maine Songwriters Association, which supports the art of songwriting in Maine, and recognizes the work of emerging singer-songwriters. She recorded and produced her first CD, “Smoke and Bone,” and is at work on her second and third CDs.


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Patrice

Wonderful collection of original music, innovative instrumentals and great lyric
This is an excellent debut CD from a talented singer-songwriter. Favorites: Smoke and Bone, Brash, Cat is a Haunt. I can't get these songs out of my head. The lyrics are sometimes humorous, sometimes haunting, and the melodies perfectly matched. The songs show Sferra's signature, but are wide-ranging, demonstrating a breadth of talent as well. Highly recommend.

Sue in Mass

Soothing, Catchy, Contemporary
I find myself humming the tunes of various songs on Smoke and Bone way after I'm done listening. I love this set of catchy, bluesy, folksy songs and lyrics...takes a big man to drive a small car and a big man to walk a small dog puts nice picture in my head. Guitar playing and mouth trumplet dazzling! lyrics very cool.

Smoke and Bone

Trifecta of great lyrics, great songwriting, great instrumentation
This debut CD reveals a new songwriting talent. You will suffer earworms from these original, appealing, rich melodies and superb lyrics. Love this CD.