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Threads of Mercury

by Newland Moorefield

Popular, singer/songwriter music for grown-ups. Jazzy, piano-driven poprock.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Love Is Like
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2. Gone Back to Tennessee
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3. Spider
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4. Full Frontal Oddity
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5. Strange Dogs
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6. Bumblebee
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7. Where Is Your Mind? (I Should)
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8. Don't Hold Me To This Life
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9. Smack
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10. Live It Up
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11. Gas Money
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12. South First Street
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Newland Moorefield adroitly deals out folk-jazz-pop piano with pure, strong, seasoned vocals. But while she may remind you of other artists, Newland's style is wholly original.

Born in the Appalachians, but now hailing from Austin, Texas, this raw singer/songwriter/piano player plays by no one else's rules. Her voice is haunting and emotional, but in many ways brings the listener to a more grounded space.

Moorefield writes stories that tell of lives lost, lives lived to the fullest, and lives still in-the-making. She brings you full circle, taking you through the colors and sounds inside trials and tribulations, but always reminding you--most often with cunning humor--of the power and radiance of human perseverance.

Threads of Mercury is becalming, but wide-awake, art. Its hook-driven combination of piano, cello, horns, and loop guitars moves between pop, folk, and jazz without missing a beat. Session and performing players provide a crisp, quality sound that's earthy, powerful, and full of emotion.

Players on Threads of Mercury:

Newland Moorefield: Piano, Vocals, Backup Vocals

Jonathan Moorefield: Drums

Peter Mazzetti: Guitars

Phil Bass: Drums on 3 tracks (see www.montemontgomery.com)

Tony Campise: Saxophone

Danny Levin: Cello (see www.tequilamockingbird.com)

Chris Maresh: Bass (see www.chrismaresh.com, www.cdbaby.com/cd/chrismaresh, www.alienlovechild.com, www.ericjohnson.com)

Michael Rubin: Chromatic Harp

Gary Slechta: Flügelhorn (see Ani Difranco/Little Plastic Castle, www.thetexashorns.com)

Lonnie Trevino, Jr.: Bass, Backup Vocals (see www.austinlive.com/lonnietrevino/)

Produced by Peter Mazzetti
Executive Producer: Newland Moorefield
2003 All Rights Reserved, A Piano and a Girl Press (ASCAP)

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Tim Lincoln

Refreshing and original.
In a world of music filled with cliches and formulas where it is hard to tell one artist and/or one genre from the next, it is truly refreshing to find an artist who is confortable enough to be themselves. Calming and edgy all at the same time with honest lyrics and no gimmics, here is an artist who deserves some serious recognition and someone who should someday be recognized for her talent and honesty. The whole ensemble sounds tight and polished but not plastic. Keep up the great work. Looking forward to more.
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John Gough

Where the heart runs...
...Newland has lived. From atmospheric wanderings around South First Street to upright upbraidings of disappointing lovers to imagistic invitations to "shoot the gap with me - we can neck for a while in Tennessee", this work has range. Listen with headphones--you won't want to miss the words and instrumentation. She features cello & strings, slide guitar, electric guitar mixes, trumpet, whistling, and her own rich piano work. By turns witty and moody, Newland has originality and a clear, unabashed presence.
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Dave Asebrook

Superb
Describing this CD seems like I'm describing a person. It is playful, insightful, reflective, and inquisitive. Yet, the whole package blends together so wonderfully. Added to the talented song writing is a voice that simply grabs hold and envelops you. Toss this CD in your stereo, give it some volume, and you'll be impressed.
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Bruce Corman

Strong vocals, thoughtful lyrics, and beautiful music worth having.
I like this CD for those songs that lift my mood and those that take me deep into my own thoughts. Ultimately, I feel that Newland Moorefield's strong voice and solid music will make this CD one that stands the test of time. The vocal variety and piano please my ears and soothe my soul. (+)

I have several favorites on the CD, but I particularly enjoy Spider, Where is Your Mind, and Gas Money... okay, I also like South First Street. I will keep this playing in the car rotation for quite a while. (+)

No big label? I think Ani DiFranco be would proud.
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fan in austin

is good
i think the cd is really good, but i've been to one of newland's shows and her voice sounds so much better live. it's not that it doesn't sound goo d on the cd, but when i first heard her sing, her voice drilled right through me. it sounds like an angel. i got goose bumps and i've never heard anyone else sing like her. i with that's captured on the record, although the cd is really good.
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Jake in Atlanta

Wow
On the first listen, I wasn't sure I liked it. It sat in my car for a couple of days. Then, sitting in traffic , I put it in to listen. The traffic washed away. I was transported to another place. It's not that Newland's voice is technically perfect or always on target, because it's not. But she has a voice that's unpretentious, I really felt I was listening to an angel. I've played the CD over and over for the past week. Each time, there's a new layer, and another angel.
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Ellen Connolly

Very beautiful and smart
I think your record is one of the best records I've heard in a long time. Its relevant, heart-warming, and beautiful. My daughter is 12 and she loves it too.
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Sam Clifton

Remarkable
this album is remarkable. i play it in the car continuously, but want another one to play in the house too.
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Charlie

What a talent!
This is a great CD! Newland's voice reminds me a bit of the early Jewel and her natural sound and folky melodies do the same. The songs are pretty catchy and I am absolutely glad that I bought this music. "Full Frontal Oddity" is an awesome song!
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Newland's reviewer here noted that he liked her voice better live. Which brings me to the problem of the CD. Each instrument is playing solo or first counterpoint. The songs are so original that the musicians have not had a chance to work together and develop harmony. Nevertheless, these songs are worth developing, even into an operetta. And Newland Moorefield is simply too talented.
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