Kerry Rutherford | Chara River

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Chara River

by Kerry Rutherford

At times soft and vulnerable, at times edgy and rockin'... this first release of songs is so varied that it has been described as "indie-chick-newage-folk-rock."
Genre: Folk: Folk Blues
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1. Capture
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2. The Seed
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3. Oh Mother
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4. Where Love Resides
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5. Comin'Home
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6. Because of You
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7. Take Me Somewhere
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8. Take It
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9. Chara River
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Songs:
Capture: "No genre can describe this unique song."
The Seed: "Ethereal..."
Oh Mother: "A parenting guide...with an edge!"
Where Love Resides: "Uplifiting."
Comin' Home: "Rough and energetic, like a live performance. You can't help singing along with the chorus by the end of the song."
Because of You: "A love song on many levels."
Take Me Somewhere: "It Rocks!"
Take It: "Lots of Attitude!"
Chara River: "The special effects are awesome. A ten minute journey."

"The music flows like a river, sometimes through a shaded region, then quickly moves over and down a rocky slope and ultimately ends at the Oasis, the serene locus of harmony. It's like a journey that goes through quite a few mood changes. The last song is like a reflection on the journey, a discovery of truth or meaning."-A philosophical fan from Illinois

Kerry Rutherford, In her own words:
"Many of the songs on this CD are an expression of an inner experience which springs from a yearning to connect inside myself to a feeling that is hard to define. I love to read the poems of Kabir, Rumi and Mira, as they express the joy and longing of that inner connection. These folks are labeled as Sufi Mystic Poets of the Bhakti tradition, the path of devotion, as they personify the creator and teacher as a lover to whom they are devoted. Poems can be interpreted in many ways, and so you are free to enjoy the songs on Chara River, interpreting them as they fit your emotions and life. So many of these songs have been interpreted as love songs, perhaps written about a relationship. In reality, most of these songs were written about a love of this inner experience and about a gratitude for being alive and for teachers who directed me inside myself, to the source of it all."

Kerry was given her first guitar when she was 18 years old but only played occasionally while attending the University of Washington in Seattle, where she earned a bachelors degree in anthropology. Then she started traveling and playing more, writing and singing original tunes, eventually heading north to Alaska where she spent several years in Kodiak. She has been a floral designer, shrimp cannery worker, crab pot webber, waitress, natural food store owner, office manager, marketing director, elementary school teacher, communications workshop facilitator, computer consultant, research assistant, intuitive arts practitioner, writer, musician and mother (not necessarily in that order). Kerry studied audio engineering and midi production for several years. Portions of several of these songs were recorded at Triad Studios in the Seattle area in the summer of 2000. But when the pace of life got to hectic she packed her bags and headed to the mid-west where more of the songs were written and recorded, with the collaboration of the multi-talented David Bell, playing percussion, spanish guitar, electric guitar and bass! She finsihed recording and mixing Chara River at Monastic Chambers studio in New Haven, Indiana. Kerry has also published poetry, fiction and personal essays.

David Bell:
The multi-talented David Bell hails from Churubusco, Indiana. He completed his bachelors degree in anthropology at Indiana University and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree at Northern Illinois University. David's contribution to this CD is not only in the musical arena. His encouragement and his willingness to dedicate time and energy in a focused way were instrumental in the completion of this project. David has been playing the drums since the age of 12 and is currently drummer for The Now, a progressive Rock band with a soon to be released CD, Lucid Dreamer. He is also working on a CD of original music with the focus on Spanish guitar.

Troy Date:
Troy created all the special effect sounds on the title track, Chara River, using his bass guitar and lots of toys. He is very talented and creative when he has his way with electronics!


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Kung Fu Lou

Familiar,Yet Fresh
I find the "indie-chick-newage-folk-rock" tag sometimes applied to Kerry to be rather fitting.This CD just picks up momentum as it goes along.There are some interesting moments along the way.David Bell's Spanish-style guitar solo in "The Seed" adds a nice flavour. The solo is perhaps a little too loud in the mix,but I'm sure the guitarist isn't complaining!

Things start off nicely enough.Then Kerry kicks it up a notch with the Byrds-esque jangle and upbeat tempo (not to mention the stick-in-your-head chorus) of Comin' Home.Rounding things out are 3 more uptempo songs,with "Take Me Somewhere" being the rocker of the bunch,which also features an electric solo from Monsiuer Bell,on which he does a fine job for a self- admitted "not a rock soloist",which means the solo fits the song.

Things get mellow again with the title track,which closes out the album,and where the new-age influence definitly show through.Kerry's voice sounds (to my ears anyway) like a cross between Joni Mitchell,Edie Brickell, a just a dash of a non-annoying Alanis Morisette,but ulimatly she sounds like....Kerry Rutherford.Who in a vast sea of faceless,commercial music,has set afloat a buoy of originality.