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Restless Soul

by Sally Barris

Celtic folk, bluegrass and old Country. Dark, sad, unrequited and beautiful.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
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1. I Won't Always Wait
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2. Huntington River
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3. My Love Loves the Ocean
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4. Last Drink of Wine
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5. Being Gone
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6. Sweet Companion
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7. Are You a Real Cowboy
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8. Restless Soul
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9. Drive Home
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10. The Path
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11. Tears of Joy
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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....Review from Alan Cackett; Editor of Maverick magazine UK.


Sally Barris
Restless Soul
Wrensong 42205-5
****1/2
Songwriter poised to make the breakthrough to international recognition as a major recording artist
Like Nanci Griffith, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Mindy Smith and Allison Moorer, Sally Barris doesn’t easily fit into the country genre, but is one of the most talented writers currently working in Nashville. Over the past few years she’s had cuts by Martina McBride, Lee Ann Womack, Kathy Mattea, Jessi Alexandra, Kate MacKenzie and more recently Trisha Yearwood. RESTLESS SOUL is Sally’s third album and leaves her first two CDs in the dust. It sounds somewhat more mainstream than its predecessors, but a lot of that has to do with how eclectic it is and also how much of a better recording it is. The sound quality is as good as it gets. The vocals are clear and the guitars are rich sounding. The mix is perfect.
Sally wrote all eleven songs, some with such Music Row stalwarts as Mark Sanders, Liz Rose, Jon Randall, Jessi Alexander and Cory Mayo, but mainly by herself. A lot of work was put into the making of this album and there is not one throwaway song here. The title track is a great slow ballad. There is really nice guitar pickin’, and Sally’s vocals are really in touch with the mood of the song. There is a guitar riff that does a lot for this song, great musical hook with on-the-mark harmonies by Michael Kelsh. Tears of Joy is rooted in traditional bluegrass but also nods to country, then there’s the wry break-up song, Being Gone, while Huntington River is an awesome story ballad with great harmony by Jon Randall and Stuart Duncan on mournful fiddle. Duncan’s fiddle is to the fore on My Love Loves The Ocean, an intriguing ballad rooted in traditional British folk music. Last Drink Of Wine has some nice acoustic guitar, a really rich sounding track with inventive percussion and great accordion courtesy of Jeff Taylor. This has an enticing melody, and Sally’s vocals just pull you in.
If you’re a fan of the likes of Kathy Mattea, Mindy Smith, Lee Ann Womack or Alison Krauss, then you need to rush out and buy RESTLESS SOUL. Throughout Sally Barris is singing with a natural timbre and great confidence. The whole album has a very high quality vibe with country, folk, bluegrass, Celtic and Americana influences. Ms Barris has really grown in her vocals and her approach to her music. This is going to be a hard CD to top. AC


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MR A COLE

An Album Of Pure Quality
I wondered how on earth Sally was going to follow up her delightful album LITTLE VOICE such was its quality. Not only has she succeeded in this but has surpassed my exciting expectations!
Sally is a Nashville songwriter of the highest order recognised by the likes of Kathy Mattea and Lee Ann Womack whom have album title cuts and most recently 'Let the Wind Chase You' on Trisha Yearwood's new album Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love a duet with Keith Urban - All songs which Sally has penned. Regarding the latter I predict this will be a Top 5 hit.
RESTLESS SOUL is in a DIGI-PAC form with a 3 page foldout booklet, which contains all the lyrics, and for those who like to see which other artists appear it reveals some of Music City's finest talents.
Sally's voice has such a delicate beauty which touches a listeners heart. This is a compelling album and on this venture probably veers more towards the folk genre.
The tracks have a simple stripped down structure allowing the songs and Sally’s vocal to radiate brightly with the instrumentation wrapping itself beautifully around the words. The opening song 'I Will Always Wait' being evident of this.
Its a joy to see songs, which Sally has showcased on her previous UK visits included on here. 'Huntingdon River' describes a place where lovers come to kiss at night but this haunting ballad reveals a tragic tale of loss. Jon Randall's guitar and harmony adding such rich quality also on 'My Love Loves The Ocean' , which is a Kate Rusby influenced song, a beautiful ballad with a glorious Celtic feel.
The high quality 'Being Gone' deals with a love that wasn't meant to be and fighting ones emotions in order to move on. On the track Chas Williams provides a touch of pure class on National guitar.
Jessi Alexander is another artist grateful to Sally who provided her with title song 'HoneySuckle Sweet' on 'Sweet Companion' she lends her exquisite vocal with partner Jon Randall on a song taking you along a winding road of unashamed and unabandoned love. Title cut RESTLESS SOUL draws comparisons to Alison Krauss and Union Station and I'm sure it's a track they would have been very proud to be associated with!
'The Path' is currently my album favourite. Just close your eyes and let this gem of a track lead you to a restful place of complete peace and love. Its absolutely gorgeous, these are type of songs I look for that pull on the heartstrings.
'Tears Of Joy' is another very visual track, poetry set to music where the writer dreams of living in an idyllic setting to raise a family.
By the end of the album the listener is wiping back a tear having been completely immersed by the music, touched by the words and song delivery. An outstanding album. ..Andy Cole, UK