Wednesday 18 July 2012 at 8:00pm
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Known for her "smartly written folk and country-tinged tunes" (People) and "her bright soprano..." (Rolling Stone), critically lauded Nashville-based singer-songwriter Mindy Smith will self-release her fifth studio album on Giant Leap/TVX Records June 26. The self-titled effort is her first album of new material since 2009's Stupid Love and her first as an independent artist. Returning to the sound of her first two albums, "...her music has a reflective surface that can make it difficult to look inside" (Nashville Scene), Mindy Smith further showcases her timeless sound and music.
Of "Closer," Mindy says, "Many times in life's journey, we find ourselves disoriented. For me, I make destructive decisions that can distract me from my ultimate goal. I think I am making the right choices and staying close to my agenda but I just run off course. In "Closer," I see the North Star as the prize. One that I am always getting so close to but unable to grab a hold of and then it eludes me. Personally this song paints a picture of how I see my musical career and that I see NOW is my moment. Taking the time to listen for the answers to my questions. I guess NOW is always our moment even if it is only etching out one little piece of the bigger picture."
Co-produced with Jason Lehning, the collection features 11 original compositions-seven of which Smith wrote with the remaining four as co-writes. Recorded at Sound Emporium Studio in Nashville, the album features some of Nashville best players, including Bryan Sutton (guitar); Lex Price (bass); Ian Fitchuk (drums); and Joe Pisapia (guitar), Jason Lehning (guitar), and Dan Dugmore (pedal steel). Prior to the release of her 2004 debut, the New York native charmed fans with her rendition of Dolly Parton's "Jolene," for the much-praised Dolly Parton tribute album, Just Because I'm a Woman. Her Vanguard Records debut album, One Moment More, went on to earn numerous critical accolades, featured the hit single "Come to Jesus," and sold over 300,000 copies. She subsequently released Long Island Shores (Vanguard, 2006), My Holiday (Vanguard, 2007), and Stupid Love (Vanguard, 2009).
In August 2011, Mindy and longtime friend Daniel Tashian recorded "Taking You With Me," a duet featured in the film and soundtrack for Paul Rudd's film Our Idiot Brother. Her music's also been featured in national television shows such as Grey's Anatomy, HBO's Six Feet Under and the WB's Smallville and Summerland.
Rosi Golan didn't so much choose to be a songwriter as much as it took her over. In many ways, Golan's songwriting can most closely be likened to a storm, or a weather system that has come and stayed for the last decade of her life. In the years since this weather system has entered her life, it's changed significantly - gaining elements and force as it travels across the topography of her emotional life. This weather system has reached its most lovely expression on Golan's sophomore album, Lead Balloon, the culmination of two years, organized around the pain and joy contained within that space. The Drifter & The Gypsy, Golan's first album, generated several songs that were prominently featured on numerous television shows (including One Tree Hill and Private Practice) and in film (Dear John). Golan embarked on a series of tours on the strength of Drifter that sent the Israeli-born Golan traipsing the globe. In keeping with the twin polarities Golan sees on the record, there is as much joy on the record as there is pain, and with the output of loss, there is the input of hope. When asked whether the emotional depths reached on this record are ever difficult to plumb or painful, Golan explains that in the writing, there is catharsis. "Once you write the song and put it on the record, you put them out there and let them become somebody else's. I'm going to see it to its completion, and I'll send it off, and let it find somebody else."