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Old Horses

by Amelia Blake

Southern California folk/rock meets alternative country americana, with a touch of 60's and 70's style pop/rock.
Genre: Easy Listening: Adult contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Nothing Else To Do
4:15 $0.49
2. Old Horses
3:41 $0.49
3. City of the Dead
4:53 $0.49
4. Are You Calling
3:44 $0.49
5. Nowhere
2:41 $0.49
6. Old Brown Overcoat
2:35 $0.49
7. Radiator
3:26 $0.49
8. Right Man, Wrong Time
3:09 $0.49
9. Hole In His Heart
2:58 $0.49
10. Baby It's You
4:07 $0.49
11. It's A Good Thing
2:48 $0.49
12. Heartbreaker
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Album Notes
I am extremely proud of this CD. This is my first full-blown, studio-recorded, shrink-wrapped, manufactured CD. Up to now I'd been recording, printing and packaging the CDs myself. This CD still comes from my own hands - but this time it's made to last.

The musicians featured on this CD are men that I've either known or admired from afar for years, some of the best players in this town.

David Deaton, who recorded, mixed and mastered the CD - is truly the most amazing musician I've ever personally known. He's one of those people who picked up a guitar as a kid and the notes just seemed to come to him naturally. He is an extremely talented singer/songwriter in his own right, but due to his reputation as an unequaled guitarist, rarely has time to play his own music.

Dave Osborn is a member of the famous Osborn family (no, not THOSE Osborns)...his father, Joe Osborn, is a well known session bass player who helped discover the Carpenters and played on too many pop hits throughout the seventies and eighties to name. Dave himself was a session drummer in Nashville for years, and I was thrilled to have him. He shared with me that his first set of drums was given to him by none other than Karen Carpenter herself.

John Compton gained infamy locally just as we were finishing this project: as the #1 Parking Ticket Scofflaw in the city of Shreveport. His mug was on the front page of the paper and everything, the whole nine yards! So I feel excited to have a bit of a rebel in the mix. And of course he's an inventive and entertaining bass player, too.

Several of these songs were included on my earlier CDs. My feeling is that they have finally been done justice, so I'm ready to move on to recording new material in the years to come. I added a few songs I had written during the process of organizing this new CD, and one of them - Old Horses - ended up being the title track.

I originally had planned to make City of the Dead the title track of the album. After giving it some thought, I decided that I'd rather think of myself as a bit of an old horse than among the dead.

So here it is, all packaged and pretty and ready for radio airplay and lots of spins in your CD player. I hope you enjoy it listening to it as much as I enjoy having it out there.



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Johnny Wessler

Each of the songs on this compilation are better written than anything you hear on the radio these days. They are well orchestrated with feeling and thoughtfulness that will make this CD one of the most timeless and prized collections in anyone's musical library.

I'm not sure how to categorize Amelia's music, perhaps it's best to keep it in a class by itself. Each song deserves careful attention and will have you exploring your own soul as Amelia's beautiful voice matches the feelings of her emotional arrangements perfectly.

With clear vocals that are easy on the ears, I found my heart beat with a compassionate embrace to "Right Man, Wrong Time" and "Heartbreaker", and my feet couldn't help but keep the rhythm to the lively tempo'ed "Radiator" and "Old Brown Overcoat".

Creative melodies with clever and thought provoking lyrics, Amelia has proven herself worthy of the big leagues.

Truly Phenomenal!

JC Shepard

stories she's yet to tell
While her vocals evoke Emmylou's work with Gram Parsons, with a slight shade of Stevie Nicks for effect, Amelia Blake's career path seems more akin to Matraca Berg or Patty Griffin. She might just get discovered and hit the big time like Patty, or feed songs to the hit makers as Matraca has done. Somehow, it seems like she'd be happy either way as long as we are listening to the stories she's yet to tell.

Several songs besides the title track on Old Horses showcase Amelia Blake's searing delivery, especially the twin mortality tales City of the Dead and Are You Calling, as well as Radiator, a tongue-in-cheek paean to doing what you have to do when the going gets rough.


I WILL be sharing your music with other folks!
Heard Amelia's CD yesterday. She has fans I bet she doesn't even know about who are floating around sharing her music. Not for long, I'm quite certain. This CD presents competition to the established performers we all know - - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Allison Krauss. And, I think it merits a great following of its delightful versatility of voice, mood, and accompaniment.