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So Far

by Andrea Louise

With her sultry, powerful voice and songs that are seductively sensual and emotionally evocative (with a dash of wry wit), singer/songwriter Andrea Louise and her band (including legendary Van Dyke Parks) rock you gently like a cradle of bluesy love.
Genre: Folk: Folk Blues
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1. Weakness
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2. Nothing Changes
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3. Kiss Kiss
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4. Heartsong
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5. (I'm) Falling Down
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6. The Captain's Blues
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7. That's Where I'll Meet You
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8. Rock Me Through The Night
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9. Nobody's Woman
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10. The Invisible Sea
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11. Let Go Moses
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Glowing Reviews about Andrea Louise and "So Far" . . .

Thanks so much for sending your terrific music my way. I was honored to play my [accordion] on a couple of tunes -- but now that I hear the whole collection, it gives me the total picture. I will treasure this disc for all time. Truly!

Van Dyke Parks
http://www.songcycler.de/frameset.html



What she has come up with is an engaging blend of music with influences that touch on everything from Sheryl Crow to the Beatles to John Coltrane. Her lilting voice entwines lush, arcing melodies and her songs are rich in mythic imagery and dreamy metaphor. Although she insists many of the songs are deeply personal, Andrea Louise's material touches on universal themes and emotions.

Brian Holguin- The Burbank Leader



Andrea Louise is a gifted singer-songwriter . . . with a voice that is sweet and powerful, somewhere between Linda Ronstadt and Norah Jones . . . Beautiful. The styles of the songs from her latest release, entitled, "So Far" (available at www.andrealouise.com) [are] varied . . . [and] interesting, to say the least. The harmonies . . . stunning.

Scott Detweiler, NoHo arts district.com
http://nohoartsdistrict.com/dance/music_column_Hallen.htm



Singer-songwriter Andrea Louise, whose little band of fabulous musical gypsies known as "Andrea's Living Room (Bus & Truck)" has become somewhat of an L.A. landmark, certainly took her sweet time about releasing her debut CD "So Far," but the singer proved the wisdom of the tortoise and the hare fable. The long awaited album was well worth the wait! Produced by herself and Burleigh Drummond of Ambrosia and Alan Parson note, and Joseph of Windows to Sky, "So Far" is a wonderfully moving collection of crafted tunes and virtuoso performances.


Among Louise's many contributors are the likes of such world-class players and musical minds as Van Dyke Parks, David McKelvy, Richard Hardy, Larry Treadwell, Anna Ferraro and Freebo. In fact, pianist Ferraro also co-authored, with Louise, one of the album's crowning numbers, "That's Where I'll Meet You," where the singer suggests an ability to reach beyond good to moments of greatness. It is always the mark of a successful musical collection that the mention of specific tunes is inadequate to the task of describing the value of the complete work. That being the case everyone has favorites. Mine are, besides "That's Where ...," "Nothing Changes," "Kiss, Kiss" and "Let Go Moses," which is the only song she covers on the CD, proving Louise's dedication to the art and not just her own advancement.


"So Far" is not just a listen to, but a buy and keep in my book.

Joey Alkes
Of DJ Monkey and co-author of The Plimsouls and Goo Goo Dolls' "Million Miles Away" and former entertainment columnist for The Pasadena Weekly.
http://www.squidmusic.com/djmonkey.html



Your cd is gorgeous. Congratulations on your beautiful music.

Barry Keating Creator and Composer of the Tony Nominated Broadway hit STARMITES.
http://www.starmites.com/



Andrea Louise possesses a wit, charm and sensuality that are in short supply today. Her love of performing is immediately apparent, and deliriously infectious. In her debut CD, she shows a range that suggests longevity and depth of purpose. Why try to resist? Give in! You'll be better for it.

Don Stitt, Broadway Actor/Singer/Composer
http://www.faultlineproductions.com/roscoe/bios/donbio.htm



Just wanted to let you know that your CD is a
professional, beautiful piece of work. Regardless of
its promotional value in the biz (which I think is
considerable), the CD is a coming together of talent
and music that cannot be denied. The care and artistry
of the musicians/singers are strong testimony from
people who believe in you and enjoy playing with you.
Together, you all have done a damn good job of
summarizing of an era of passion and fellowship in
your lives.

Play hard, be healthy.

Bruce Gaims, Spyder Blue
http://members.aol.com/spydrblu/


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About the Artist . . .

"It's raining hard in Shanghai
in Montreal the weather's fair
Portraits of lovers on the bureau
rose colored satin on a chair
Now somewhere someone's singing
about a love that's been untrue
The sheets feel cool but your fragrance lingers still
I'm thinking of you. . . ."
from The Captain's Blues

Raised in San Francisco, a professional actress in a successful touring repertory company at the tender age of 8 and a veteran of New York soaps in her early 20's, Andrea Louise has been winning the enthusiasm of both audiences and the critics alike with her hybrid of heart-moving ballads, and harder-edged, near-alternative, blues oriented rock.

Her band, Andrea Louise & Friends, has been doing very well in the Los Angeles music scene over the past few years enjoying an open door relationship with some of the most important rooms in L.A. for acoustic artists. They have opened for Spencer Davis at Genghis Cohen Cantina in Hollywood and were honored by being invited to perform in the CD release party for the Dave McKelvy Harmonica Trio with Van Dyke Parks and Freebo (Bonnie Raitt's legendary bass player).

While perusing the room at a recent performance, it was very difficult to confine her immediate audience to a narrow demographic, as there was as much enthusiasm shown from the "over thirty" crowd as there was from the "twenty-somethings" present, many of whom can be found following her every show. Andrea Louise alternatively charms and seduces her audiences with the passion of her performance and the depth and honesty of her material.

"The truth will make you free it's said
and I suppose that's true
But not before it brings you to your knees . . ."
from Nothing Changes

"Certain experiences in life are universal," she says. "The more honest I am about exploring my own experience, the more likely I will strike a common chord in my audience. And that's what music is about for me. Going out on the skinny branches. Connecting with people from a deep (and sometimes dangerous) place . . ."

Her debut studio CD, So Far, is a collection of her own original material as well as covers of some other artists who appear regularly on the Los Angeles music scene. The CD was produced by Burleigh Drummond and herself with associate producer, Joseph, from the music project "Windows to Sky" at Tin Drum Studios and Three Fire Island in the Los Angeles area. Drummond is one of the founding members and still tours with the band Ambrosia and has played drums, percussion and sung on many of Alan Parson's projects as well as with artists as diverse as Frank Zappa, Kenny Loggins, Dave Mason, Andre Crouch and the L.A. Philharmonic to name just a few. Also lending support to the project are such legendary artists as Van Dyke Parks, and Freebo, as well as the Dave McKelvy Harmonica Trio. The other musicians on the album have played for such talents as Dave Matthews, Dan Fogelberg, Ry Cooder, Rickie Lee Jones, Pat Benatar, Frank Zappa, Jimmy Buffett and Brian Wilson, to mention only a few.

Associate Producer, the multi-talented Joseph from the project Windows to Sky, is presently producing, arranging and playing on an album of his own compositions. Besides sharing in the producing duties on So Far, he also plays 12-string guitar and adds his own style of sophisticated harmonies to the mix with gorgeous results.

"Oh! How her life rushes in . . .
To her lungs
and her sex
and the pores of her skin
Her life rushes in . . ."
from Nobody's Woman

Passion is without question the word that captures the essence of Andrea's music as well as her own persona - on stage and off. And when combined with her gift for creating vivid images of events both real and imagined, this talented young woman clearly is earning for herself a prominent position among the vanguard of a movement noted in a recent Time Magazine cover story toward soulful, female troubadours.

"It's nothing new," she says in reference to the Time cover story. "Female and Male musicians who place an emphasis on words and music have always been with us. These are (and have always been) my greatest artistic influences. It's more challenging to me. When you're going for a style where the lyrics are as important as the music, you'd better have something to say . . . "

Andrea Louise is a woman who has a lot to say, and judging from the response of her enthusiastic audiences, we will be hearing from her for a long time to come.

"Trust your heart to my heart
rest yourself in my arms
for the night.
Let your spirit be free,
when it's just you and me,
it's alright.
it's alright."

from Heartsong

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Don Stitt

So Far: So Good!
"So Far: So Good!"
Andrea Louise posesses a wit, charm and sensuality that are in short supply today. Her love of performing is immediately apparent and deliriously infectious.
In her debut CD,"So Far," she shows a range that suggests longevity and depth of purpose.
Remember that college sweetheart,the girl you still remember fondly so many years later, the one who opened your mind up to a whole new range of possibilities?
This CD is sort of like that.
Comforting, sensuous, charming and witty.
In short, a breath of fresh air.
I defy you to listen to "Kiss, Kiss," without laughing aloud.
I've always felt that the best popular music holds up a mirror to allow us to see ourselves. This CD does just that; I see the optimistic idealist I was, the ambitious revolutionary I hoped to be, and the older, wiser fellow who has come to know disappointment and heartbreak that I have become.
There's not another recent recording I can think of that runs the gamut from rock to folk,from easy-listening to toe-tapping dance music, from heartfelt ballad to cynical social commentary.
Why try to resist?
Give in!
As Miss Louise likes to say herself, "You'll be oh so glad you did."
And what's more, you'll be better for it.
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Brannon Walekr

joyous experience,brilliant CD,inspirational,soul-searching,harsh & gentle.
Andrea

I've just had the joyous experience of listening to "Sofar" the brilliant CD by our own ASJ Collection Site member, Annie. Thank you so much for sharing your incredible singing and song-writing talent with me, Annie. Anybody who wishes to share a truly unforgettable musical journey needs to listen to your music. Joyous (again), heartbreaking, gentle, harsh, soul-searching and inspirational. And her band is pretty darn awesome too. Annie is just as wonderful person as she is a talent. We worked together in a play in Los Angeles years ago and reconnected on this website. Yes, Annie it took Peter to bring us together agin.
Peace and Ecology Now and Forever
Brannon
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moonface

Music that carries you away
Nothing calms or lifts the spirits like music and this CD accomplishes all that and more. Every song in this collection is a winner, carrying you away to a different but equally satisfying emotional plane. Andrea's lovely and versatile voice finds its way straight into your heart with every word, expression, and nuance. If you want to get away from it all and smile a lot, give this gem a listen!
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Suisun Swinegar


I loved the CD (!) so I purchased it for my friends as gifts. The arrangements on the songs is great and the mix of beautiful instruments with Andrea's voice being one of them is wonderful and enchanting. The quality of the sound on the cd is also excellent. The variety of song is a pleasure. Overall, again, the intricate weaving of sound is magic!
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Susan Landers -Southern California Radio Personality

Andrea\'s lovely vocals bring life to the lyrics.
Sophistication and style highlight this terrific CD which also includes a requisite amount of fun. A Southern California feel permeates the entire disc while the hooks in songs like "The Captain's Blues," "Rock Me thru the Night," and "Nobody's Woman" snag the listener into the rhythm and carry him/her along for the ride. The humor and (sadly) the truth of "Kiss Kiss" is a refreshing delight and Andrea's acting chops shine through as she envelopes each set of lyrics with a character and personality of its own. Good CD for a ride along PCH at sunset with the top down.
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Mark Wilson

Mind Blowing
Just when you think you understand all the meanings to the songs, you suddenly realise there is more to them than you first realised. Great album, beautiful songs.
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Susan Eckard

I thought it was great!
I loved the CD. Thought that the music was good and the words were great. They did a fantastic job and I'm looking forward to seeing them in person.
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cindy

it was great
i love your songs annie it is so relaxing keep up the good work. cindy
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cindy

beautiful songs
annie i love your songs it is so relaxing and wondering
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