Sally Spring | Mockingbird

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Mockingbird

by Sally Spring

"Transfixing" (Sing Out.), "striking" (No Depression), "soulful and gritty" (Uncut, UK) alt-country/folk/rock joined by Gene Parsons (formally of the Byrds), Marshall Crenshaw, Graham Maby (Joe Jackson), Tift Merritt and many others. A special treat.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Take Me To The Water
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2. Hickory Wind
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3. Going To California
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4:12 album only
4. I Can't Understand Why
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5. Here Come The Memories
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6. Old Man As He Walks Out The Door
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7. Floyd Johnson
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8. Blue, Blue Heaven
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9. Ain't No Ash Will Burn
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10. Pretty Peggie-O
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11. Red-winged Blackbird
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12. Hickory Wind (acoustic)
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Album Notes
Sally Spring is joined by Gene Parsons (the Byrds),Tift Merritt, Marshall Crenshaw, Caitlin Cary (Tres Chicas,Whiskeytown), Fred Smith (Television)and many other talented musicians on her cd, "Mockingbird".

For the first three months of this year, Sally's new cd remained in the top 15 on the radio charts in Europe for Americana music climbing to #5! Sally merges folk, rock and country that made many critics "Best of" lists for 2006 and 2007 including WMBR at MIT.

Hailed as "a show stopper"... "gorgeous alto" (Sing Out!), "striking"..." first-rate compositions"(No Depression), "soulful and gritty" (Uncut, UK), "stunning voice and captivating songwriting" (Independent), folk-rocker Sally Spring, has "distinctive vocals and a commanding presence" (Maverick, UK). "She's a treasure", notes Gene Parsons (formally of the Byrds).

Sally's live show always includes the amazing Ted Lyons on guitar (drummer for Chris Stamey, Sacred Irony, John Lee Hooker), who can be as interesting as Richard Thompson. They perform as a duo or full band.


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Steve Ramm

A voice like no one else, but one you’ll want to hear.
I first heard this wonderful singer-songwriter at the annual Folk Alliance conference. At least two people said, “you have to hear her”, and I’m glad I did. Sally doesn’t sound like anyone else I can think of, except maybe early Linda Ronstadt with a deeper alto voice.

And this CD – the first of hers I’ve heard – is a joy to listen to. Sally has a fine group of friends here. Gram Parson’s joins her for his tune “Hickory Wind” (performed both acoustically and electrically and Tift Merritt and Marshall Crenshaw help out on other tracks. Eight of the songs are Spring-penned and these are just great too. I particularly like “Red-Winged Black”, whose lyrics remind us that in today’s busy world of cell phones and more, we all need to slow down and enjoy the beauty of life. The arrangement for “Ain’t No Ash Will Born” (again with Parsons’ backing vocals) is another track I keep replaying.

In the cookie-cutter world of singer-songwriters, Sally Spring stands out. Check out a few samples. You’ll find yourself hooked too.

Steve Ramm
“Anything Phonographic”

Vito Minerva

Very good folk/rock
Very enjoyable from start to finish. No weak songs, but I pick up the 2 renditions of Gram Parsons' Hickory Wind, Going To California, I Can't Understand Why, Floyd Johnson and Red-winged Blackbird as favourites. This album seems to come straight from the 70s. If you like folk/rock or Americana and artists like Gram Parsons, The Byrds, Janis Joplin and Sandy Denny, then this album is for you. Hope Sally will tour Europe some day and will release a new album asap!

Vito Minerva

Very good
Very enjoyable album from start to finish. All songs are good, but favourites are the 2 renditions of Gram Parsons' Hickory Wind, Going To California, I Can't Understand Why, Floyd Johnson, Ain't No Ash Will Burn and Red-winged Blackbird. If you like Gram Parsons, The Byrds, Sandy Denny, Janis Joplin or folk/rock from the 70s (with a bit of Americana sprinkled in), then this album is for you. Hope that Sally will tour Europe someday and that she will release her next album very soon.

VitoM