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Babe Gurr | Chocolate Lilly

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Chocolate Lilly

by Babe Gurr

Her music has been described as honest, rootsy and real, fitting powerful stories to thoughtful music with craftswomanlike precision -Sheryl Crow meets Bonnie Raitt
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hard to Get Over Me
4:20 $0.99
2. Love is Tough
3:21 $0.99
3. Chocolate Lilly
3:48 $0.99
4. I Give Myself 2U
4:17 $0.99
5. Now You're Gone
3:55 $0.99
6. Unchain My Heart
4:17 $0.99
7. Larger Than Life
3:50 $0.99
8. Break Thru
4:13 $0.99
9. Set Free
4:38 $0.99
10. Understanding
3:49 $0.99
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Album Notes

“Babe’s voice is as appealing as her name is unique."
- Canada AM

Born on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Babe spent many years on the move with her family living on various Air Force Bases throughout Canada and Germany. Her love of music began at a young age but it wasn’t until her mid-twenties that she joined her first band and discovered her true passion! Playing in a variety of bands ranging from pop/rock, jazz and R&B over the years in Canada and London, England, Babe honed her craft. After studying the jazz/commercial music program at a Vancouver college, she began writing her own music.

One of the best-selling Indie recording artists around, Babe’s music has been described as honest, rootsy and real, fitting powerful stories to thoughtful music with craftswomanlike precision. Experiencing Babe’s engaging personality in concert is a treat, and discovering her playful and keen sense of humour is always a delight. The Vancouver-based singer, songwriter and guitarist has drawn comparisons to such diverse talents as Bonnie Raitt,John Hiatt, Lucinda Williams, Sheryl Crow and Shawn Colvin. But Babe Gurr is one diamond who shines with her own kind of light, maintaining her unique acoustic roots sound and style.

Keeping with the tradition of Babe’s previous discs, her latest collection of songs on her new CD Chocolate Lilly features a powerful yet sensitive singer, with material to match. The Spring/2008 release has a fresh, yet familiar sound and will take the listener to many places. Babe’s warm but powerful voice is beautifully showcased with the stripped down sounds on this album, a blend of roots, pop and blues.

Chocolate Lilly features a wide array of some of Vancouver’s most talented musicians including Steve Dawson, Rob Becker, Elliot Polsky, Rick Hopkins, Nick Apivor, Ian Cameron and Geoff Gibbons along with her core band members; Lisa Simons (stand up bass), Tom Neville (violin) and Lee Worden (guitar/dobro). All of the songs on the CD were penned by Babe Gurr with the exception of her roots-based version of the Ray Charles cover Unchain My Heart.

Babe has been the support act for various artists throughout the past years, including Amanda Marshall, Amy Sky, Colin Hay (from Men at Work), J. Gaines & The Soul Attorneys, Luka Bloom, Barney Bentall and Grapes of Wrath and has headlined at numerous festivals including Toronto’s Harbourfont Music Series, Victoria Folkfest, First Night, Mission Folk Music Festival, Vancouver Island MusicFest, Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Music Festival, Filberg Festival and Islands Folk Festival. Her tunes have been licensed for various shows including the U.S. FOX series Higher Ground which has brought her music to audiences worldwide. Babe appeared on the television show Big Sound, playing an avant-garde lounge singer and has been a guest on many national shows such as Canada AM and The Jim Byrnes Show.

Playing some of the most popular and prestigious concert halls in Canada spanning from Vancouver Island to the Maritimes and U.S. dates in New York and Seattle, Babe Gurr’s name is familiar to fans who appreciate finely
crafted songs performed with sincerity.

A recent 5 star review said; “A Gem - Babe’s melodies are captivating and one of "those" voices... another Canadian winner!! - James Williams, New Zealand


Gary Allen's Sonic Bids Song Of The Month Winner! – “Hard To Get Over Me”
Babe Gurr is the debut Sonic Bids Music City Song of The Month Winner for 2009, and raised the bar for the new year! The producer for The Neville Brothers and Ramones, say her songs are the best he has heard in years. I agree. Babe's songs are well written and frankly she sings her ass off. A great song has to have a catchy melody, believable delivery and a hook. I honestly struggled with trying to pick the best one of the four she submitted. If I were a record label and looking for an artist that is "radio ready", I would sign Babe on the dotted line. And you know what else? She is cute as a button, humble and polite. Pay attention Nashville, Babe and I have done all the work. If you would have signed Bonnie Raitt or Sheryl Crow you would sign Babe Gurr. I have spoken, and I didn't stutter. This Canadian chick rocks!
Gary Allen (JJ Cale, The Charlie Daniels Band, Stonewall Jackson)

Chocolate Lilly CD Review – 4.5 stars out of 5 - "The folk/rock singer-songwriter has been turning heads for years with her blend of roots/blues/pop. Shaped by intelligent, sometimes funny lyrics, memorable melodies and strong arrangements, Gurr lights up her songs with an engaging presence and a sandy and sultry voice you won't forget. Gurr's latest release, Chocolate Lilly, continues in the vein of her earlier works. It's a stunningly beautiful and poignant musical experience. Babe Gurr is the sort of talent who doesn't come along all that often, and her star is on the rise. It's only a matter of time before Gurr's star rises above the Canadian Content Rule and she truly becomes an International artist. Chocolate Lilly is the clearest sign that she is ready, taking everything Gurr has done so well to this point in her career and raising her game another notch. It's an inspired performance."
Wildy's World

“Vancouver singer-songwriter Babe Gurr can hook you with a melody. Chocolate Lilly, latest from the indie artist, does that right from the opening rock tune Hard to Get Over Me, with its cool guitar and honky-tonk piano, to the closing Understanding, which should be a radio single. There are single possibilities all of the place…Gurr sings with a husky sensuality, delivering her lyrics with both urgency and warmth…”
Marke Andrews, Vancouver Sun


"Her roots-based style is grounded and earthy, making it a great would-be companion to a film or television soundtrack. The acoustic, but rocking sound on many of the songs on Chocolate Lilly are tailor-made for (Bonnie) Raitt’s attitude-laden, gravelly voice”.
Amy O’Brian, Vancouver Sun


“With Steve Dawson’s delicious slide on his Weissenborn lap steel Vancouver singer/songwriter Babe Gurr opens her fourth and best realized album to date. The song is “Hard to Get Over Me”, a feisty little tune Bonnie Raitt could have fun with and just the right start to this 10-song set. She produced and as earthy and acoustic as she’s cast the songs there’s classic R&B feel that pops up in her writing, especially on the hooky “Unchain My Heart.” “Set Free” is a solid melody but the highlight is certainly the heartbroken “Now You’re Gone.” B rating
John P. McLaughlin, The Province


“The fourth album of rootsy, bluesy country-folk from the local songsmith whose style recalls the likes of John Hiatt and Bonnie Raitt. Rustic-sounding production lends a woodshedding appeal to well-crafted topical tunes played with genuine smarts and charm. Head and shoulders above typical indie crud.” 4 out of 5 stars
Greg Potter, TV Week


Chocolate Lilly, is the fourth album from Babe Gurr, an artist whose name is as intriguing as the title of her CD, begins with the original tune, “Hard To Get Over Me,” a song in which Gurr’s vocals sound like they are channeling Bonnie Raitt. The singer / songwriter plays acoustic guitar, while pianist Rick Hopkins’ playing borders on stride.

The second track, “Love Is Tough,” is more of a country love ballad, than it is a blues song. Gurr sings about how love is not an easy road, despite what the Pollyannas of the world will tell you. The message of this song is the same one that women have been trying to communicate to men for as long as guys have been trying to convince ladies to fall in love with them, “I need to feel that I am special / not just another girl you play.” The singer tells her man I do not want you to compare me to your last love, I want to be your new love, and “I wanna’ wash away your last love.” Gurr’s alto vocals convey a vulnerability that suggests she has some personal investment in these lyrics.

Two tracks on this album rise above the rest, the third song, “Chocolate Lilly,” and “I Give Myself 2U.” “Chocolate Lilly,” possesses an easygoing melody, with good hooks and some nice mellow fat notes from trombonist Brad Muirhead. The woman in the song, “Chocolate Lilly,” doesn’t fit into a vanilla world that pressures her to conform, to always be politically correct and to never step out of line. The singer’s lament asks how she will ever fit into a messed up world. “I Give Myself 2U,” is a tender love ballad, which portrays the heart of a woman who has learned to trust completely in another, as reflected in the singer’s words, “I let my guard down / My love has come around / I give myself to you.” Pianist Nick Apivor serves up a very pretty bridge. Lee Worden’s backup vocals on both of these songs, is worth listening for.

Nine of the ten tracks on the CD Chocolate Lilly, including the last track “Understanding,” are original tunes by Gurr. “Understanding,” reflects the fabric of Vancouver, Canada, the city that Gurr calls home. Perhaps Canada’s most culturally and ethnically diverse city, Vancouver is also awash in challenges posed by drug wars, violence, and immigrants trying to find their way in a new country. In a city, a province and a country that has spent billions of dollars to host the 2010 Olympics, perhaps there is message in this song ithat needs to be heard by the politicians and bureaucrats.

Gurr trades in her guitar for a banjo and ukulele on “Larger Than Life,” and as she sings Rod Murray’s muted trombone provides a pretty accompaniment.

Babe Gurr’s Chocolate Lilly, is officially being released on May 24th, when she performs with her six piece acoustic band, at the Norman Rothstein Theatre in Vancouver, Canada.

Reviewed by Riveting Riffs (www.rivetingriffs.com)



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