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Adrienna Valentine

by Trent Wagler & Jay Lapp

Pioneering Americana roots music, neo-traditional country singer-songwriter, a raucous, tangled, soaked in sweat, kind of embrace.
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2. Whistle Blows
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3. Riverside
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4. Corrine
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5. Honey Bear
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6. Strongest Wind Blows
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7. Thundercloud Breaks
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8. Adrienna Valentine
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9. Go Up To That Mountain
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10. I Will Love You
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11. Spike Driver
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Americana singer-songwriter Trent Wagler and Indiana-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Jay Lapp announce the release of a new album of neo-traditional old-time and original roots music, entitled Adrienna Valentine. This collection of 14 addictive, surprising, satisfying songs is the third in Wagler’s growing catalog of albums, which includes Journal of a Barefoot Soldier (2005) and Blue Heaven (2006), all recorded by Lapp’s Dojo Records.

Adrienna Valentine is a true duet project, with Wagler’s considerable songwriting skills and Lapp’s versatile musicianship combining in a powerful album that invests new energy in old-time tunes and reintroduces Wagler’s roots-referential lyricism acclaimed by reviewers, fans and fellow artists alike. Upon hearing the title track to this album, “Adrienna Valentine,” Over the Rhine’s Linford Detweiler said, “That’s a perfect song,” and asked if it was recorded yet. The ballad is accompanied on the album by 10 other originals, which maintain intensity and heart through stories of love found, love lost and life’s enduring storms. Wagler’s inspiration is rooted in this country’s natural landscape and legends, from Kansas dust storms to railroad tramps, porch dancing to pure love, Carl Sandberg poetry to the iconic tall tale of steel-drivin’ John Henry.

The unique, vivid sound of the album owes to Lapp’s moveable recording studio; live recordings for the 14 tracks on Adrienna Valentine were captured in numerous locations in Indiana and Virginia. Wagler provides lead vocals and Lapp instrumentals on each track; Wagler plays guitar and contributes percussion on several tunes, with Lapp performing on mandolin, guitar, orchestra bells and lap steel throughout the album.

Lapp, the front-man for Midwestern Americana band Goldmine Pickers, and Wagler, who is based in Virginia and performs with The Steel Wheels, met five years ago and immediately recognized a certain musical synchronicity. Since then, the two performed together from time to time, and Lapp recorded both of Wagler’s albums. Adrienna Valentine launches the two as a duo act, with the energy of playing live captured in a richly layered sound landscape that breaks out of the old-time mold with collaborations on songs that feature gospel singers, a slapping electric bass, a full drum kit, orchestra bells, lap steel, barking dogs and noisy neighbors. But the pulse of the album is beating in the comfortable, urgent voices of Wagler and Lapp, whose harmonies wind a deceptively easy path through poignant musical stories including “Corrine,” “Honey Bear,” “Darlin’ Cory,” “John Henry” and “Adrienna Valentine.”

The album also features guest performers Andru Bemis, a vocalist and banjo and fiddle player from Michigan who is one of America’s true vagabond musicians; Brian Book and Joel Jimenez, bass; Chris Kimmerer, drums; Kelli Austin, Lwan Easton and Corey Bishop, gospel vocals; Kent Beck, accordion; Eric Brubaker, fiddle; and Bean, barking dog.


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James Lewis

Fantastic Acousticana Music
Great vocals. Great lyrics. Great Guitar. Great Mandolin. Great Solos. Great Backing Instrumentation. Produced absolutely skillfully. The album plays like a storybook. An absolutely incredible release. Enjoy!

Bob Woelk

Best artist you\'ve never heard of
I heard Adrianna Valentine at EMU in Harrisonburg, Va., this fall when I took my daughter to college. I ordered the CD and have not been disappointed. Nickel Creek, move over.

Mary B. Farrer

No disappointment!
On the advice of a friend in VA., who saw the group live at a festival, I ordered the album. It is just as she said: "Great!"
Brought a chuckle too, when Bean joined in and my 2 yr. old grandson was hunting all over for the dog!
Hope to see this new fresh group in person myself.
They need to keep touring. Come to N.Central Pa., for instance! People will love them! I'm going to share a listen with my CD with folks and encourage them to buy it!

jonathan.park@barlibrary.com

Johnny Park
I saw Trent Wagler and Jay Lapp at the Ards Guitar Festival and was just amazed at how good they are. I bought this album in the foyer afterwards and ever since my whole family have been in thrall. Even Dudley (our small dog) joins in with Today. This album is quite wonderful: Astral Weeks quality.

Nicholas Hurst

An Americana Hit!!
If they keep making music like this, Wagler & Lapp will be the next big Americana duo! They've penned some beautiful songs on Adrianna Valentine and the musicianship and production is first class. I can't wait to see them live again, and I'm already anxious for another album!

Leslie Mandus

Heaven on earth
Fortunate enough to live someplace where I heard Trent live on the radio, I then went the next night to hear him locally. Then I bought all his CDs,and then I sent Adrienna Valentine to 10 friends in the US. I can not say enough about Trent. I know of no other current song writer and musician who:
~crafts more extraordinary songs with each new album - whose talent grows, rather than diminishes with time
~is a superbly talented singer, songwriter AND musician
~has a supernatural ability to write songs whose words are orginal and haunting, with music that completely matches the qualities of the songs
and who is just a pure, pure spirit.
If you do not find yourself moved by Corinne or Strongest Wind Blows, you are not alive. Trent is reason enough to move to Virginia -and he makes one know why it matters to live south of the Mason Dixon line. I have seen him twice more live- and each show was superb. One wants to be around to catch every new song. And every album has songs that I will cherish forever. See him if you can - scoop up his albums and share his music -
a true fresh voice, a truly gifted musician, an amazing poet ... a gift to an empty century.