The Barefoot Nellies | Let Me Down Easy: Live at Amnesia

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Let Me Down Easy: Live at Amnesia

by The Barefoot Nellies

Lively, all-gal traditional bluegrass recorded live at Amnesia, San Francisco
Genre: Country: Traditional Bluegrass
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Intro by Chuck Poling
0:07 $0.99
2. Wayside Tavern
2:40 $0.99
3. Let Me Down Easy
3:14 $0.99
4. When You Break My Heart
3:07 $0.99
5. Hey Lonesome
1:53 $0.99
6. Blues in My Mind
2:43 $0.99
7. There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight
3:10 $0.99
8. Groundhog
2:04 $0.99
9. Used to Be
1:50 $0.99
10. Shackles and Chains
3:12 $0.99
11. Walking the Dog
2:39 $0.99
12. Whose Shoulder Will You Cry On
2:07 $0.99
13. Y'All Come
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Album Notes
"Recorded live at Amnesia in San Francisco, the disc's 12 songs highlight the Nellies' instrumental and vocal talents as well as their ability to...turn any gig into one big, whoopin' bluegrass party."
-- Chuck Poling, Bluegrass Breakdown

The Bay Area's finest all-gal bluegrass band, the Barefoot Nellies blend driving, high lonesome vocals, soaring “sister” duo and trio harmonies, and tasteful picking inspired by traditional bluegrass musicians like Flatt and Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, Bill Monroe, and the Stanley Brothers. Although firmly rooted in the traditional sounds, the Nellies subtly bring together their diverse musical influences—from Texas fiddling and hot swing to classic honky tonk—to bring a drive and an energy to their playing that takes them far beyond the “girl group” label. If you want sweet voices, call the Peasall Sisters, but if you like a little edge to your bluegrass, call the Barefoot Nellies.

The Nellies have headlined festivals including Anderson Marsh Old-Time and Bluegrass Festival in Clearlake, California, and have shared the bill with national touring artists such as Hot Buttered Rum String Band. Since January 2006, they have graced the stage at Amnesia in San Francisco on the fourth Monday of every month as part of the wildly popular Bluegrass Monday series. They released their first CD, Let Me Down Easy: Live at Amnesia, in early 2008.



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Gary B. Guardineer

Let Me Down Easy
The Barefoot Nellie\'s have been jamming many years at Father Day Bluegrass Festival and this CD brings back many of those memories. It is upbeat and can tell they are having fun while making the songs. An excellent CD for your Bluegrass collection.

Joe Ross

Enjoyable live set receives enthusiastic audience response
California has a myriad of entertaining bluegrass bands, and The Barefoot Nellies is certainly among them. Recorded live in May, 2007 at Amnesia in San Francisco, “Let Me Down Easy“ is a fine showcase of their talents in both the instrumental and vocal realms. While they cover favorite classics from Bill Monroe, Stanley Brothers and Jimmy Martin, the quintet also offers a couple original compositions (Let Me Down Easy, When You Break My Heart) early in the set. In their King of Bluegrass offering (Hey Lonesome), they sing about getting lonesome, wearing out their shoes, breaking another’s heart in two, and being left with the blues. These shoeless gals are clearly tuned into the classic sentiments of the genre‘s traditional ethos. The Barefoot Nellies are Prentice Sellers (banjo), Nicole Solis (mandolin), Erika Walther (guitar), Betsy Maudlin (fiddle), and Jess Beebe (bass). All but Jess contribute to the vocals. This indicates they work cohesively as a democratic unit, each band member contributing to repertoire and arrangements, and the all-woman band capitalizing on the musical skills each member brings to the table. This bears out in their enjoyable set that is met by enthusiastic audience response to both up-tempo and slower numbers like “Groundhog” and “There’ll Be No Teardrops Tonight” despite a few lose spots here and there. It’s unfortunate that the 7-second emcee’s introduction wasn’t assigned a track number in the liner note song list. As a result, the overall track listing is always one digit off throughout the set. Regardless, these pickers have all their finger digits in their proper place, and everyone is joyously singing “Y’All Come” by the show’s conclusion. It’s a perfect sentiment …. I hope that you’ll get out to see The Barefoot Nellies “now and then” and “when you can.” (Joe Ross)

Hans Brauchle

A very good Cd. Congratulation!