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Prairie Doll

by Patti Witten & Prairie Doll

Perhaps a lightly sweetened Lucinda Williams. Hooky songs, driving grooves and large doses of poetry.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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1. Wild One
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2. Something Beautiful
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3. Level Green Boys
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4. For You
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5. How Long Til It's Over
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6. Call The Angels
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This 6-song EP captures a mostly live-in-the-studio one-day session recorded in the summer of 2000 (see Patti Witten's solo CDs "Sycamore Tryst" and "Land Of Souvenirs").

"Patti Witten sounds quite a bit like Joni Mitchell in rock mode," writes Michael Devlin, Music Matters Review. "She has that rare quality of being able to rock convincingly without pushing or raising the volume. Although this is an EP, there is a full album's worth of favorite tunes."

Along with songwriting credits, Witten handles acoustic guitar and lead vocal. Rich DePaolo is on electric guitar, Doug Robinson plays bass and Bill King covers drums. Rich DePaolo has performance and studio production credits including Donna The Buffalo, Jennie Stearns, and the Burns Sisters. Bassist Doug Robinson has played with Martin Simpson, Bob Brozman, the Burns Sisters, and Tom Paxton, and with Simpson, Darroll Anger and Shelly Phillips on a PBS-TV documentary soundtrack. Drummer Bill King has worked with Hank Roberts, Douglas September and the Boston Pops.

Track 6, "Call The Angels," was selected for "The World Will Remember," the Sept. 11 benefit CD compilation from CD Baby artists. Rambles says, "Call The Angels' is, for me, the best offering ... a song I can totally identify with, remembrances of all those who've gone ahead of us, wishing you could have that last conversation, to say the things you never got a chance to say, or didn't say when you did have time." Go find it now.

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Tom Sieling

One of the best smart folk-pop albums from Upstate NY in recent memory
I've always been a sucker for the old Joni Mitchell school of acute observation, unflinching honesty, and careful writing in songs, and Patti Witten, in Land of Souvenirs, has put out an album full, beginning-to-end, of all three.
Her singing is nicely understated and unaffected, her guitar work nothing short of masterful, and her melodies are unfailingly memorable, interesting, and catchy, even when they're gracing a less-than-cheery lyric. She has an unmistakable musical sensibility that takes pleasing roads less travelled enough to make her a stand-out in the world of smart folk-pop. All this, and she can rock, too! Producer and multi stringed-instrumentalist Rich DePaulo's contribution is in the "it just doesn't come any better" class, and a nice collection of other fine Ithaca-area musicians rounds out the effort to make it one of the best from Upstate New York in recent memory.

Daniel Aloi

2nd place Winner of the Local Best of 2000
Witten's strong Roots-rock songs lift this live-in-the-studio CD, with Ithaca sidemen Rich DePaolo, Doug Robinson and Bill King. As potential Americana radio favorites, the six songs here rank with the best of Lucinda Williams in their beauty, simplicity and power. (Star Gazette, NY)

Freetime

"Prairie Doll is great!"
Prairie Doll is great! Led by vocalist and acoustic guitarist Patti Witten, the CD features folk, country and rock elements, with revealing songs, like the especially powerful and self-described “Something Beautiful,” where Witten’s lilting and wistful vocals truly shine.” Michelle Picardo, FREETIME

Robert Burke Warren

Potent folk indeed. KICK ASS.
Just listened to Prairie Doll. Potent folk indeed. KICK ASS. Witten’s voice has changed — stronger, more confident and, ahem … more carnal. Edgy, but more at peace. How’d she do that? -Robert Burke Warren, Jackpot Music (find Robert's music on CDBaby!)

Eric Amrine

Rare gift from a rare talent
Prairie Doll is the rare recording that crystallizes every facet of a singer-songwriter’s unmistakable talents. Patti Witten and band's eponymous CD offers up the composer's to-die-for vocals, sophisticated compositions, and a crack band of Ithaca, NY players for an inspiring collection of original Witten-penned songs.

With her copious collection of national songwriting awards, one wonders how this CD could slip under the radar of mainstream media critics, especially since it follows an equally enticing solo effort by the artist.

On one disc's worth of tunes, you can hear the elegance and worldliness of Aimee Mann, the americana soul and twang of Sweet Old World-era Lucinda Williams, and hooks enough to satisfy the most jaded popster. Particularly refreshing – accomplished acoustic and electric guitar from both Witten and Rich DePaulo that’s far from the template.

Don't let your lover even hear "For You." This song'll force anyone who’s left with a functioning heart to pine for a love affair with the singer. Get in line and take a number. It’s just that good. Try to get that lilting chorus out of your head. Can’t be done.