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Honey On My Grave

by Abbie Gardner

Genre-bending acoustic Americana from this fresh NYC Dobro player.
Genre: Country: Bluegrass
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Honey On My Grave
3:11 $0.99
2. I'm a Fool
4:08 $0.99
3. Ain't Misbehavin
3:35 $0.99
4. One Love
3:15 $0.99
5. Caffeine
2:22 $0.99
6. Sweet Georgia Pines
3:35 $0.99
7. Ohio
2:47 $0.99
8. Hit the Road Jack
2:16 $0.99
9. Breathe Again
4:22 $0.99
10. Dreams
2:51 $0.99
11. You Got to Move
3:47 $0.99
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Album Notes
“She can be touching, wrenching, haunting, or bluesy, or all three at different moments in one song.”-The Ectophile’s Guide to Good Music

Abbie is a member of Red Molly, a NY female trio playing Americana music. Abbie began playing Dobro in 2004 and fell in love with the instrument.

"Honey On My Grave" is a collection of mostly original songs that span several genres, from jazz to blues, country to bluegrass and folk/pop. Several songs were recorded live in studio, though Abbie plays both guitar and Dobro on track 3 (Ain't Misbehavin). Additonal information (photos, lyrics and liner notes) can be found at

This New York professional (and former high school band conductor) has a knack for creating four-minute snapshots of human interaction. Abbie was named as a finalist in the 2003 Hank Williams Songwriting Competition for "The Game of War," and 2003 John Lennon Songwriting Contest for, "One Love."

Abbie’s interest in music started as a young child. She played flute classically throughout school and began singing in a cappella groups in 1992. As the musical director and arranger/transcriber for the Boston University Treblemakers, Abbie released an a cappella CD in 1997 called “Treble in The Waters.”

In 1998, Abbie began playing guitar and has been writing and performing original acoustic blues/folk songs since then, with independent recording efforts “Tea and a Cookie, ” and self-titled EP “Abbie Gardner”. Performing in coffee shops across the country led Abbie to develop the “Open Mic Directory,” a portion of her web site that has been an invaluable resource to independent musicians nationwide since 1999.

In 2004 she released, "My Craziest Dream" a collection of jazz standards with her father, pianist Herb Gardner. A five piece quartet was recorded live in-studio for this swing record and plays swing dances in and around NY.

“It’s a beautiful voice. She’ll hold a note until it changes color, usually from blue to orange or the other way around. A little Janis, a little Alanis, a whole lot of soul that feels too much but wouldn’t have it any other way.”- Muse’s Muse



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Simply perfect
I love this album... Her voice's beautiful and the arrangements are lovely. Best cd I've bought lately...

Poet Leanings

It is impossible not to be excited as each new track approaches
Abbie Gardner has released a collection of songs on "Honey On My Grave" that puts on full display a degree of complexity and range of musical influence that is rarely equaled. Gardner, also a member of the Appalachia-based group Red Molly, blends together multiple genres throughout the CD, and it is that mixture of styles that becomes her greatest strength. "Honey" finds a voice in pop, blues, Appalachia, torch songs, bluegrass, and folk. It is impossible not to be excited as each new track approaches, wondering what Gardner will do next.

Some songs will sound familar to everyone, such as "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Hit the Road Jack," the former sensually alluring and the latter done with a poignant simplicity and fortitude. Gardner's vocal range comes forth on "Ain't Misbehavin," but also on songs such as "Honey On My Grave," and "Breath Again" in unique and interesting ways. All her efforts provide the listener with a sense of passion, intensity, heartfelt emotion, and a bit of the rascality so evident in Gardner's live shows.

The playfulness that comes out in those live shows is most clearly revealed in Gardner's fan favorites "Caffeine" and "Ohio." You don't get any of Gardner's jokes on this CD(come on Abbie, tell us the one about the antenna wedding!), but her clever charms are wide open for viewing on these songs. What makes "Ohio" particularly fun is in the knowing that it was inspired by the first word Gardner came upon while watching TV - a song was born from a seeming nowhere.

Abbie Gardner is an accomplished musician as well, and her trademark dobro can be found throughout the various tracks of "Honey On My Grave." However, Gardner has also surrounded herself with an array of skilled artisans that are up to the task of keeping pace with her. Matt Munisteri, guitar, Peter Carr, banjo, Benny Rietveld, bass, and fellow Red Mollyer, Laurie MacAllister, background vocals, shine in support. Pat Wictor joins in on a duet to end the CD,"You Got To Move," that is a wonderful closing number to a great eleven songs.

Abbie Gardner is an incredible talent, vocally, instrumentally, as a songwriter, and through her presence. "Honey On My Grave" is a testament to all of those marks of skill that she possesses. I have my copy. Why don't you have yours?

Ron Olesko

Her voice grabs you and invites you to pull up a chair
Abbie Gardner displays her remarkable range on this new CD. Her voice grabs you and invites you to pull up a chair on the front porch for some amazing picking and singing before carrying you off to a honky tonk for some sultry tunes. Her songwriting skills are not to be ignored either! You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again after you listen to "Caffeine". This is the complete package!

Juanita Duffy

How cool is she!
I had the pleasure of seeing Abbie perform here in eastern Carolina with her band Red Molly and fell in love with both her stage presence as well as her voice. She was down-to earth, genuine, witty and appealing. And her voice is to die for! I promise you that you will not be disappointed in this CD- it is soulful, spunky and thoroughly delightful. We all now have to push Abbie for her next CD as soon as possible!


Great songwriting talent!
Abbie's voice is great on all her CD's, and this one is no exception. What sets this CD apart, however, is the extent of self-written material. Two of the songs are standards, the rest are a showcase for her clever choice of words and her talents as a raconteur. She displays a breadth of emotion, from mirthful to gut-wrenchingly mournful, all with a voice of honey and superb musicians backing her up. This is a wonderfully "listenable" CD of songs that could be viewed as a single unit or rand played on an iPod without any dilution of the experience.

Mark Virgilio

Pure Soothing Honey
I love this CD. Abbie mixes old classics with originals and everything is wonderful. She does some jazzy vocals that wouldn't have worked with Red Molly. Her voice goes from country to jazz, from Bonnie Raitt to Norah Jones. I love the playfulness of 'Caffeine' and her duet with Pat Wictor on 'You Got To Move' but she really surprised me with originals I hadn't heard before like 'One Love', 'I'm A Fool', 'Breathe Again' and 'Dreams'. They're all good. Abbie is always entertaining on stage with Red Molly but now she shows some new versatility in her performance and her songwriting. I like that she left Pat's comment in at the end of the CD to let us in on the fun. Her dobro playing is amazing for someone who hasn't really been playing the instrument all that long. This CD is a mainstay in my car CD player.

Neal Wexler

Honey On My Grave shows Abbie's growth as a songwriter and singer.
It's great to watch the progression on a young artist as they grow into greatness (and make no mistake about it, I believe in my heart of hearts that Abbie is bound for greatness), and with Honey On My Grave, Abbie has grown by leaps and bounds in many areas.

As a songwriter she is more confident, allowing us a deeper look into her feelings, hopes, and fears. One of Abbie's strengths as a songwriter has always been her ability to draw us in and let us take a private peak into her soul. These songs draw you in deeper, and keep you there longer.

As a singer, Abbie’s vocal range has increased, and she is doing a lot more with her voice. No one can sing Abbie’s songs quite like Abbie herself, and this album is a true joy to behold.

If you are a fan of Red Molly (and let’s face it, who isn’t?), you’ll love Honey On My Grave. If you are a fan of country, folk, blues, bluegrass, any of the above, or none of the above, you’ll love Honey On My Grave.

bob c

honey on my grave
thanks for this opportunity...i took my two nieces to see abby w/ red molly i have seen them every time they are near..abby treated my nieces,5th and 7th grade so well that theytalked about the show all the way home....thanks so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!bob

Keith Hampton

Album of my dreams
This CD is such a joy; listening is like reveling in a mix tape made by a trusted friend. Abbie is a true, original voice. You'll read and hear comparisons to Emmylou Harris (for her excellent blending of diverse covers with equally rich and mature original songs); to Bonnie Raitt (for taking the lead playing an instrument not generally seen as a "female" one); and Gillian Welch (for the sheer, stark, and purely beautiful qualities of her singing and songwriting styles). But none of those similarities can fairly or fully represent Abbie's evolving and solidifying career. Personal favorites include the originals "One Love" and "Ohio," and her ballsy version of "Hit the Road, Jack," played solely on the bass string of her guitar as she wails the words, giving it a much different (sassier!) tone by reversing the point of view from the version we all know so well. She is obviously at home in this jazzy, folksy, country-bluesy acoustic landscape that has recently been categorized "americana." To me, it's just good music to anyone and everyone who hears it--including this sometime collaborator, longtime friend, and proud fan. Congratulations Abbie!!