Catie Curtis on Lightening 100 (video)

September 30, 2008
Catie Curtis sat down with the folks at Nashville’s Lightening 100 radio station for a chat and some songs last week.  Check out the videos for Sweet Life and Soul Meets Body.

For more information about Catie, to hear clips of her new CD, Sweet Life, and to check out her tour dates, click here.

And if you haven’t entered Catie’s Sweet Life video contest, make sure you visit the page here for more information.

Solas’ Egan has Song Slated for New Movie

September 29, 2008
"I Will Remember You", co-written by Solas multi-instrumentalist Seamus Egan and singer Sarah McLachlan is slated to appear in the soundtrack of the newly released movie, "The Lucky Ones", starring Rachel McAdams and Tim Robbins.

For more by Egan and Solas, please visit their artist page, here.

Solas Concert to be Broadcast on Echoes - Monday, September 29th

September 26, 2008
A living room concert with Solas will appear on the Echoes Radio program on Monday, September 29th, 2008, playing music from their new release, For Love and Laughter.

Echoes is a daily two-hour music soundscape, distributed by Solas: For Love and LaughterPublic Radio International and broadcast on 130 radio stations from Maine to California. With host John Diliberto, a writer for Billboard, Pulse and other magazines, Echoes brings together a wide array of styles, from acoustic to electronic, jazz to space music, the avant-garde to rock. Echoes is a sound that is cross-cultural and trans-millennial, merging cultures and forms, technology and tradition, the ancient past and the possible future.

To find a station that broadcasts the Echo show near you, please click here.

Catie Curtis in the Nashville Scene

September 24, 2008
Nasvhille Scene

"If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like for a Boston folkie to cover Death Cab for Cutie, Catie Curtis has an answer for you on her new album Sweet Life. Catie 2Her take on "Soul Meets Body" trades the ’80s drum programming for a more lilting feel and earthier percussion, and her alto is confiding and expressive compared to Ben Gibbard’s small-voiced falsetto," writes Jewly Hight in today’ Nashville Scene.

Read the rest of the article spreading the word about Catie’s Nashville performance tomorrow, here.
 

Listen to the Bittersweets on WRNR

September 16, 2008
The Bittersweets dropped by WRNR, Charlottesville yesterday to appear on the Acoustic Sunrise show and to discuss their tour, their new album, Goodnight, San Francisco and to play some songs.  Listen here.

Blurt asks: Is this The Year of Catie Curtis?

September 12, 2008
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Sweet Life

Every once in awhile somebody will declare the current annum to be The Year Of The Woman, and although it is almost always offered with the best of intentions it’s needlessly reckless, if not downright demeaning. I’m not convinced there’s any population subset that fancies getting the Chinese New Year treatment; that implies it’ll be a number of years before the "honor" gets bestowed again, so in 12 months it’ll be back to "business as usual." But then, those TYOTW pronouncements are invariably made by males. And what do we know?

Just the same, 2008 is already giving any year in recent memory a solid run for the money, what with staggeringly fine recordings from Duffy, Joan Osborne, Lucinda Williams, Jenny Lewis, CSS, Lykke Li, A Broke Heart Pro, Shelby Lynne, Tift Merritt, Laura Marling, Sharon Little, Shannon McArdle, the Pack A.D., Amy Ray, Abigail Washburn, Veda Hille and Joan As Police Woman (just to name a few). Add to that list Boston’s Catie Curtis, who for her 10th album didn’t just craft a gem - Sweet Life, in its irresistible swing, twang, strum and hum, is a career-capper.

Part of the reason is the record’s overwhelmingly positive vibe, something Curtis herself explicitly acknowledges in comments she posted to her MySpace page. "There are lots of reasons to be unhappy or anxious at this time," writes Curtis, "and I think the album is as much about resilience as anything. In order to stay sane and keep moving forward you have to be able to look at all the bad news around you and still see the beauty that is there alongside the trouble."

Indeed, on song after song on Sweet Life, Curtis finds, as Tim Hardin might put it, the proverbial reasons to believe. In the gently rolling title track, against an elegant backdrop of electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin and keyboards, she looks back on the heartbreaks she’s experienced at various points in her life, acknowledges that it can be "a bitter pill to swallow" sometimes, then celebrates the fact that had her life not taken the twists and turns it did she wouldn’t have found her present bliss: "But it led me here to this/ Sweet life beside you." Similarly, in the luminous, upbeat and irresistibly twangy "Everything Waiting to Grow," Curtis bestows a bit of metaphorical wisdom that’ll be familiar to anyone who’s ever spent some time living in the desert (and, in particular, took note of what happens during monsoon season): "Give me a little bit of rain/ I want to believe it’s true/ We don’t wait in vain/ No, the desert will bloom/ With all the juniper, all the willow vine/ And all the beautiful underneath/ Coming up to shine."

Such an outlook would be wasted if the music didn’t equal the lyrics’ optimism. But Curtis has surrounded herself by a crack collection of Nashville musicians (among them, guitarist George Martinelli, organist Phil Madeira and backing vocalist Andrea Zonn) to yield a memorable set essaying everything from fiddle-powered country-rock ("Fools") and Memphis-style smoky soul ("For Now") to old-time dancehall ("Lovely") and sinewyslinkysexycool pop ("Soul Meets Body," a Death Cab For Cutie cover, and one of the album’s unexpected high points). Factor in Curtis’ always engaging vocals - she sounds at times like a cross between Jenny Lewis, Dusty Springfield and Joan Osborne, but as any fan will tell you she’s never anything less than instantly identifiable as Catie Curtis - and it all adds up to a sonic journey guaranteed to put a smile on your face, get your feet tapping, and leave a warm glow in the tummy.

Maybe we could dispense with all that TYOTW and call 2008, instead, TYOCC - The Year Of Catie Curtis. Any takers?

Standout Tracks: "Fools," "Soul Meets Body" FRED MILLS

CMT on the Bittersweets

September 09, 2008
CMT
"I am not ambivalent about the Bittersweets, a rootsy band that recently moved from San Francisco to Nashville. writes Craig Shelburne, on the Country Music Television (CMT) blog. "I think they’re 100 percent terrific."

To read the rest of the CMT review, please click HERE.

For more information on The Bittersweets, please click HERE.

The Bittersweets CD Release Show - Nashville Scene Pick of the Day

September 04, 2008
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The Bittersweets CD Release Show


By Michael McCall


Published on September 04, 2008


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The Bittersweets build their pop-folk arrangements around the alto of Hannah Prater, who sports a sure-handed, easy sultriness in her lower register and a fragile beauty when shifting to a higher tone. But the trio’s new album, Goodnight, San Francisco, eventually reveals that the band’s greatest assets are the insightful, conversational lyrics of guitarist Chris Meyers, who has found a lovely delivery system in Prater’s voice. Working in their new hometown, the Bittersweets (filled out by drummer, and former Counting Crow, Steve Bowman) enlist impressive collaborators--producer Lex Price, cellist David Henry, bassist Dave Jacques, guitarist Doug Lancio, keyboardist Jason Lehning amd steel guitarist Russ Pahl--for a stylish step forward. In an age of bombast and aggressive posturing, the Bittersweets prefer melody and nuance, coming across like a Fleetwood Mac for modern times.
Thu., Sept. 4, 8 p.m., 2008

The Bittersweets on the Cover of The Tennessean's Life Section

September 04, 2008

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Good luck follows The Bittersweets to Nashville

By PETER COOPER • Staff Writer • September 4, 2008


Nashville needs another hard-luck music story like Atlanta needs another shopping mall. And Chris Meyers of The Bittersweets isn’t about to add to the clutter.

"A lot of it fell in our lap," he said. "We’ve had really good luck."

On paper, Meyers’ sheepish admission seems about right. The Bittersweets were on a major San Francisco radio station before Meyers and bandmates Hannah Prater and Steve Bowman had played their first show. By the third show, there was label interest. The fifth show involved opening for star-level band Train at the hallowed Fillmore West.

To read the rest of the article and to see a video of "Wrecked", click here.


Catie Curtis on Seventeen.com

September 04, 2008

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Catie Curtis Gives the Gift of Music


Seventeen caught up with singer/songwriter Catie Curtis, whose songs have been featured on TV shows including Desperate Housewives and Alias, as she gets ready to release her ninth album, Sweet Life. She’s also in the midst of the launch of her new charity initiative, "Aspire to Inspire"!




When Catie was 15, her neighbor gave her a guitar on the condition that Catie promise to learn to play it — and the rest is history! Now, Catie wants to return the favor, and on September 9, she’ll be giving away 15 guitars to disadvantaged kids in New York City who are passionate about learning to play, just like she was. Catie says that music is so incredible because it allows people to "find that voice inside themselves and share it with the world," and she’s superexcited about giving these kids the chance to do that.




"Use the creative process — singing, writing, art, dance, whatever — to get to know yourself better," Catie advises those passionate about music. "Get to know the real you, rather than try to look like or dress like those around you." Sounds like good advice to us!




For more on Catie and her "Aspire to Inspire" campaign, check out catiecurtis.com.








Solas "For Love and Laughter" Review - The Washington Post

September 03, 2008
Washington Post
Friday, August 29, 2008; Page WE08

SOLAS, a five-member Irish band, will take you back to that bar you used to walk to in snowy Boston, the one where unassuming Irish fiddlers played in the corner for beer drinkers who scarcely noticed. Those musicians, like Solas, performed with a gentle, calming lilt in the midst of a brawling world.For the rest of the article, click here.For more information about Solas, to hear clips from their new CD, and view upcoming tour dates, click here.

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