Lauren Sheehan | Two Wings

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Two Wings

by Lauren Sheehan

Folk/ Blues, Anglo/African-American Roots Music, tasty modern acoustic warmth connected to old string band music. Audiophiles will be pleased.
Genre: Folk: Folk Blues
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1. Two Wings (feat. Ryc Williamson & Phil Wiggins)
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2. Won't You Be Kind (feat. Phil Wiggins & Bill Uhlig)
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4:03 album only
3. Lonesome Day Blues (feat. Bill Uhlig & Dick Titterington)
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3:08 album only
4. Are You Tired of Me? (Feat. Ryc Williamson, Kate Power & Spud Siegel)
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5. Farewell Swallowtail
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6. Drunk Man Blues (feat. Phil Wiggins)
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7. Risin' River Blues (Feat. Phil Wiggins & Ryc Williamson)
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8. In My Girlish Days (feat. Dick Titterington & Bill Uhlig)
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9. Del Ta Queen
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10. Kind Hearted Woman (feat. Bill Uhlig)
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11. God's Gonna Ease My Troublin' Mind (feat. Phil Wiggins & Bill Uhlig)
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12. Statesboro Blues
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13. Only One and Only (feat. Phil Wiggins & Ryc Williamson)
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14. Red Rocking Chair
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
- Album of the Year finalist, Independent Music Awards
- #1, Folk DJ airplay chart, October 2005
- #7, Freeform American Roots airplay chart, December 2005
- #19, Roots Blues airplay chart. October, 2005
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Two Wings is a spirited collection of country blues and ballads freshly transformed by Lauren Sheehan, whose voice has been likened to "clear water through the rivers of American song." She is an American roots songster, singing blues, folk ballads, hymns, gospel, ragtime, and popular music of the day. Two Wings is Lauren's second album, following the international success of Some Old Lonesome Day which scored high on radio charts around the world and received wide critical acclaim. Complimenting Lauren's singing and fine guitar and banjo picking is the virtuoso harmonica playing of international Piedmont blues star Phil Wiggins (Cephas and Wiggins).

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"Two Wings" (trad)
An old spiritual I heard from Rev. Maynord Soper in a hotel lobby jam session in Memphis, 2000. Years later, when I found my old napkin with the lyrics scribbled on it. I recreated the song from the feel I remembered. Billy Oskay helped with the arrangement.

"Won't You Be Kind" (Hattie Hart)
I learned this from her recording, rearranging the piano part for guitar.

"Lonesome Day Blues" (Willie McTell, ASCAP)
I got the idea to substitute a horn for the vocal patter and really enjoyed the resulting timbres.

"Are You Tired of Me?" (A.P. Carter)
A modern version of this old country song which I loved singing with good friend Kate Power's rich harmonies.

"Farewell Swallowtail" (Lauren Sheehan)
Swallowtail is a small private school I founded and directed for 10 years. This tune came from the contemplative times during my transition from educator to full time musician.

"Drunk Man's Blues" (trad, Clarence Ashley)
This crooked old song speaks to quite a few of us.

"Risin' River Blues" (trad, George Carter)
When I first heard this country blues in a workshop with maestro John Miller of Seattle, I instantly loved the rich and unusual chords.

"In My Girlish Days" (E. Lawler)
A song for the spirited, written by the incomparable Memphis Minnie.

"Del ta Queen" (Lauren Sheehan)
A banjo ditty that I developed from the playing of blues Queen Del Rey.

"Kind Hearted Woman" (Robert Johnson)
It took a while to see a woman's perspective in this song, but once I changed the words a little, it made more sense.

"God's Gonna Ease My Troublin' Mind" (trad. Clarence Ashley and Doc Watson)
A mountain blues with African-American roots, which I imagine being sung by a tortured soul walking through the countryside at night.

"Statesboro Blues" (Willie McTell)
A country blues standard with a minor twist I learned from the playing of Alice Stuart.

"Only One Only" (Gillian Welch & David Rawlings)
This is one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite modern singers.

"Red Rocking Chair" (trad)
Here is my version of this great old modal song.


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ENS

Great
Listen to a few tracks....I think it great...

Greetings from the Netherlands

Clayton Cannaday

A songster, an artist, this cd will captivate the listener.
This cd demonstrates how the roots of American music can be performed by an artist that has the listener in mind. This collection of songs proves that music touches us all. Two Wings-soars!

Adolfo

This one's a gem
Mainly for American folk music lovers, although some of these songs ought to reach a wider audience. I can't imagine anyone not liking the title song: Two Wings. Sheehan's voice is pleasing to the ear. I'm often drawn into singing along. Her interpretation of these classics leaves nothing to be desired. A great effort.

CLW

Lauren is a blues angel--honey-tinged voice and great bluesy guitar.
A terrific cd--spicy enough to whet your imagination (Won't You Be Kind?), true to the roots tradition (Are You Tired of Me?--love the harmonies with Kate Power), and eclectic enough to provide juicy morsels for different tastes. Lauren is a natural talent, with awesome back-up musicians. This is now one of my favorites.

Robert Tilling, Blues in Britian Magazine 11/2005

"..this is a disc well worth tracking down."
"Two Wings is a well-balanced set of country blues and ballads, including two infectious original instrumentals...above all it is Sheehan's vocals that really shine through. Sheehan is an exceptional vocalist and is quite faultless and engaging throughout this highly
recommended set....performed with sincerity and imagination...this is a disc well worth tracking down."

Remo Ricaldone, American Roots, Italy

PASSION AND SINCERITY
Lauren's passion and sincerity is evident on every track and so are the artists featured on the album.

Obie, KUT 90.5 FM, Austin, TX

ANOTHER KEEPER
Another keeper from Lauren. Esp. fond of the title track (oh my, does Mr. Wiggins ever battle the demons!) What really grabs me is how Lauren takes these old familiar workhorses and freshens them up in a manner that demands the listener hear them anew.

Paul Stamler, KDHX 88.1 FM, St. Louis


Lauren Sheehan...The woman with a voice dipped in cream.

Bob Brown, WNMC 90.7FM, Traverse City, MI

ONE OF THE BEST NEW ALBUMS
Two wings is one of the best new albums I have heard all year and I am putting it immediately into our current folk rotation.

W. Campbell

Hit me again, neat!
Lauren's voice and guitar are complex and warm as fine single malt whisky. In "Two Wings", aged three years longer than the fine sippin' "Some Old Lonesome Day", she pours out shots of more premium country blues and old mountain tunes with an exquisite aftertaste. Hit me again, neat!