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Southern Routes

by Amy Duckett Wagner

Recorded in Louisiana during Mardi Gras week by the midnight-dancin' songstress you'll play at your next party... her genre-jumpin’ original Americana tunes are as varied as a country drive, an upbeat blues, or a swing around the dance floor.
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1. Back to the Music
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2. Aw Dear, It Ain't Your Fault
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3. Big Time
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4. Dreamlight
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5. Lose Those Blues
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6. No More I Love You's
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7. Skippin' Stones
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Album Notes
Special thanks to all the other musicians that made this project possible. The inspiration for many of these songs came from my travels to Louisiana, and from the Red Stick Ramblers and The Revelers Band, friends from Jay Ungar & Molly Mason’s Ashokan Western & Swing Week and Black Pot Camp & Festival.
Amy Duckett Wagner – Lyrics, Music, Vocals, Acoustic Guitar. Members of The Revelers: Glenn Fields - Drums. Daniel Coolik – Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin. Chas Justus – Acoustic Guitar. Eric Frey - Double Bass. Produced, Recorded, Mixed by Glenn Fields, Daniel Coolik, Top Shelf Studios, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, USA. Mastered by Ernest Tokay, Little Spiders Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Photos: David Witchell. Graphic Design: Meaghan Dunn.
Booking: www.amyduckettwagner.com
“This album is delivered with Gratitude to Fans, Friends, Family, and the Universe for the Love of Music. I am donating some of the proceeds from my CD release shows to my local County Homeless Shelter.”
Amy’s first album of all original tunes, “Southern Routes” CD, was recorded in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, USA, in Cajun Country during Mardi Gras week with members of The Revelers Band, a Grammy-nominated Louisiana band. Amy Duckett Wagner often performs as Amy Dee. This genre-jumpin' songsmith who has penned a couple hundred songs, and she often gets feet tappin’ and hands clappin’ with Americana songs as interesting as a drive through bluegrass country, an upbeat blues, or a swing around the circle of fifths on the dancefloor.
This busy songstress has launched four original music CD projects. Amy has penned a large catalog of original songs, and plays guitar, some fiddle, bass and is a dancer. In the 1990's she began to write songs in addition to playing guitar and fiddle. Sojourns to festivals, workshops like Texas' Kerrville Folk Festival’s Songwriter’s Week, and perennial visits to Jay Ungar and Molly Mason’s Ashokan Catskill’s Fiddle Western & Swing Weeks enhanced her skills and musicianship.
There Amy would meet The Revelers (when they were The Red Stick Ramblers) from Southwest Louisiana, where she would go to record her original tunes on her Southern Routes CD. These songs were recorded in Louisiana's Cajun Country. You may have seen some of the superb musicians on this CD when they appeared as the house band in episodes of Season 3 of HBO's "Treme" series. Back in Pennsylvania, Amy Dee & Family started The Acoustic Music Showcase to feature original live music. After co-producing a CD, Christmastime Has Come to Town, with her original as the title-track in 2013, she began to envision multiple original music albums.
This year, Amy is completing a bluegrass CD, with the working title: “A Ringin’ Martin Guitar” with a bumpin’ bluegrass band. It features all original tunes, one of which is dedicated to the late Dr. Ralph Stanley and is about a funny interaction with Stanley behind the stage at a festival. She also plans to release an album of original songs she recorded in New Orleans with a French Quarter Jazz Trio (featuring Bill Malchow, Aurora Nealand, and Ted Long) with the working title: “New Orleans Style.” An album of love songs, working title “Love Songs & Stories,” is next in queue at the recording studio.
“Local Singer-Songwriter Releases Original Music Recorded in Louisiana during Mardi Gras Week Inspired by Dance Culture with 3 CD Release Parties for New Album: “Southern Routes”
“Southern Routes” was recorded in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana in Cajun Country during Mardi Gras week with The Revelers, a Grammy-nominated Louisiana band.
Local Americana musician, singer, songwriter Amy Duckett Wagner (Amy Dee) gained inspiration for her latest CD from travels south, mainly Louisiana and Texas, with stops in Nashville. The CD, titled “Southern Routes,” inspired by Louisiana’s venues where all ages dance, swingin’ to live music nightly. The song, “Big Time” offers listeners some healthy advice, “Laugh a little, Dance a lot, give it everything you’ve got. We’re gonna have a BIG TIME tonight!” Amy offers, “Ask me about dancing – there’s a strong dance community locally and if you get connected, you’re invited to a dance almost every night, including a lesson.” To celebrate the CD’s release, 3 local shows will offer live music parties. Amy will perform 2 shows with five-piece band “Amy Dee & The Boys.” Some proceeds will benefit the County Homeless Shelter.
It’s only fitting that the CD release parties fall during the week of Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day. The “Southern Roots” album contains love songs and the CD was recorded near New Orleans during the week of Mardi Gras. Miss Duckett Wagner relied on a group with Grammy cred… members of The Revelers Band, down in Louisiana to deliver the swing and honky-tonk vibe (with a touch of rockabilly) on this danceable CD which was recorded live in Cajun Country, a town called Breaux Bridge, outside of New Orleans. “The Revelers” is what Louisianians call the costumed participants that run in Mardi Gras “crewes” (in New Orleans) and “runs” (in Cajun Country).
The “Southern Routes” CD contains all original tunes, written, composed and arranged by Amy Duckett Wagner. People can listen to samples of her music and see more information at the website, www.amydeesongs.
The Revelers, friends from Ashokan Music Camp, are a southern super-group made up of the members of the Red Stick Ramblers and Pine Leaf Boys, who have been nominated for multiple Grammy awards. The CD features Amy (Vocals, Guitar) and the band includes Daniel Coolik (fiddle, mandolin, guitar), Chas Justus (guitar), Eric Frey (Upright Bass), and Glenn Fields (drums).
"Amy Dee is a big-hearted, music-makin', question-askin', midnight dancin', genre-jumpin' songsmith whose real-life Americana tunes are as fun as a country drive, an upbeat blues, or a swing around the circle of fifths on the dancefloor!" said Lance Fingles of Gashouse Radio in New Jersey, who calls her “Prolific!”
Amy earned a Music Degree in addition to a Bachelor’s in Marketing from Penn State. Ironically, she’s been kind of shy about self-promotion in the past. “It’s like the story of the cobbler’s children. I need to market my music because I’m so busy playing, writing, recording and rehearsing.”
This entertaining songstress finished a dozen love songs in 2017, then made it a baker’s dozen unintentionally with the tune “A Dozen Love Songs,” which will be the title track of an album due before Valentine’s Day 2019. Amy Dee says, “I write a lot, travel often, and perform regularly, so there is a lot of inspiration. The first question people ask me is “What genre do you write in?” and I tell them many, but I can say most of the styles I am passionate about have Southern roots.”
When asked what to expect from a show, she shares: “Most of my songs are upbeat with general appeal. Sometimes I write slice-of-life songs from different points of view and a few are tongue-in-cheek.” The concert will include original songs by Amy Dee and a few standards that the audience can sing along to. Come for some fun, fellowship and refreshments. CD’s will be sold and 50% of the proceeds will go to the County Homeless Shelter.
Her songs visit swing, jazz, blues, old country, bluegrass, folk, and standards.
Amy Dee says: "Connecting with people is most important to me. Music touched me at an early age and in my work I strive to improve the quality of Life through Music. This sounds kinda formal... When you meet me, ask me about that time when I almost kicked Bob Dylan out of his own concert or the night when Dr. Ralph Stanley fell for the dollar trick (recording a song about it). I have scores of stories and songs to share. See the video link tab for some snippets...

I play solo, as a duo, and for some events a 4 pc band. I have 3 CDs of all-original Amy Dee tunes that I am working on getting out the door. My CD "Southern Routes," recorded with members of The Revelers and Red Stick Ramblers includes a taste of swing, blues, country and rockabilly. Here in Pennsylvania, I'm working on another CD of my bluegrass tunes at Colt's Neck Studios. Then there's the project with Bill Malchow, Aurora Nealand and Ted Long, a French Quarter Jazz Trio in New Orleans, Louisiana.
As a performer, musician, vocalist, songwriter with a music degree, I have many opportunities to share music at community events, from solo singer/songwriter work to Americana and jazz ensembles, festivals and church services. For my retirement community audiences, I play a variety of genres and many standards. In the folk circles, I am an active member of the International Folk Alliance, and The Northeast Folk Alliance.
My original songs paint a picture of the way living a musical life can touch people and continually feed our inspiration.
"My songs visit many genres (Americana, swing, jazz, standards, blues, old country, folk, bluegrass),... weaving emotions, travel and musical experiences. I like to think they paint a picture of the way living a musical life can touch people and continually feed our inspiration.
"Back to the song,... back where you belong." (from Back to the Music)
A family of music-lovers and the power of song influenced me. Growing up, our parents were teachers with wanderlust, summers free, a Volkswagen bus and an insatiable appetite for live music, We were always on the go.
“Just like a skippin’ stone, just like a fallin’ star, it doesn’t matter where you are. As long as you’re movin’…” (from Skippin’ Stones)
As a songwriter, vocalist and guitar player, I revel in the way live music builds friendships and community. I am grateful to Ashokan Western & Swing week for the inspirations gained there. And, befriending The Revelers (when they were still the Red Stick Ramblers). Southern music and culture have drawn me in since those cross-country family drives listening to Old Country on the radio. I’ve found much inspiration in the music and dance culture of Louisiana and Texas, where every gathering has live homegrown music, and all ages are dancing together!
I write songs in many genres, but lately I'm really enjoying writing swing tunes and learning jazz and classical vocal pieces. The songs I'm recording now are bluegrass influenced.
“Let’s dance to swingin’ music. Let’s laugh a lot and sing. A few good friends, a few good songs, and we have everything…” (from Crooked Road Blues)
My favorite song could be the one I’m writing now, a jazz standard or a ditty from the 30’s dad taught me on those long cross-country drives!"
"So trust your life to your ear. Don’t wait for no one, you’ll have to go on, because this moment is the place where it happens…” (from Monk's Straight No Chaser)
"Amy Dee gets toes-tappin' and hands clappin' with Americana tunes - old and new."
For more background on Amy Dee’s music and events, visit: www.amydeesongs.com



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