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The Basics Grow is a modern singer/songwriter pop/rock CD with folk influences.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. underneath
3:59 $0.99
2. buttercups
6:05 $0.99
3. split my skin
3:57 $0.99
4. change of season
3:47 $0.99
5. weep not for me
4:12 $0.99
6. ordinary time
4:13 $0.99
7. love me like
3:12 $0.99
8. if you carry me
4:14 $0.99
9. know you better
2:57 $0.99
10. this reunion
4:37 $0.99
11. in my heart
5:20 $0.99
12. breathe beauty
5:36 $0.99
13. may mercy guide you
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Album Notes
Kelly Colbert Baynham (vocals, acoustic guitar) and Wade Baynham (vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, piano) met as undergrads at Stanford University. When Wade saw Kelly sing on campus he actually said to her afterwards: "Let's get together and see if our voices blend." Kelly rolls her eyes and admits that the cheesy line worked. It was only a month later that a professor was assigning Kelly & Wade's first demo tapes as "listening homework" to the seminar-students-turned-guinea pigs. The pair married after graduation, and have been writing, performing, producing, and selling CDs out of the back of their brown van ever since.

Kelly & Wade played countless college gigs, clubs and churches while in school and juggled different band line-ups. When they kept losing drummers and bass players to grad schools, fans termed Kelly & Wade "the basics." The moniker stuck, and the modern folk/pop duo was born. Over the last ten years they have released five independent CDs of original material, a Christmas project entitled Canticle of the Turning, a vinyl single, a short film score for the First Look Festival in Hollywood, CA and two songs for a television show that aired nationally on ABC and on ESPN. They have played shows with such notables as Train, Vic Chestnut, Vigilantes of Love, Box Set, the 77's, Ginny Owens, Claire Holley, and the Call. Carry me Close won songwriting awards from the Northern California Songwriting Association in 1999, and Walking in Heartland was featured on San Francisco's KFOG 104.5 FM Acoustic Sunrise.

After building a large Bay Area fan base, touring regionally from San Diego to Seattle, and playing more than 500 shows, the basics decided it was time for a change. They relocated to the Triangle area in North Carolina. In a bold move to collaborate with other artists, the basics opened their own home recording studio, the Second Story. Time off from non-stop touring has given Kelly & Wade the opportunity to grow as artists: Wade as a producer and session musician, Kelly as a singer/songwriter, choreographer, and teacher. The basics have collaborated in the studio with Matt Slocum and Dale Baker of Sixpence None the Richer, Ken Coomer of Wilco, Chris Donohue of VOL and Over the Rhine, Phil Madiera, Jason Harrod, and Claire Holley among others.

Kelly & Wade have gained valuable experience doing session work for a wide assortment of projects, both commercial and artistic. In 2003 Kelly & Wade created original music for The Mirrorings Project, a dance theatre piece based on the writings of Lucy Grealy, in addition to other sound design for dancers performing in the American Dance Festival. Wade produced a single for a musical tribute to Brian Wilson entitled Making God Smile released by Silent Planet Records, a theme song for the NC Hurricanes, in addition to producing full-length projects for many regional artists.

The newest original material from the basics springs from this intense season of reflection, rest, change and transition. Grow chronicles the search for community in an increasingly isolated world, and celebrates the authentic connections that make life worth living. Known for their passionate singing and intense vocal blend, the performances on this new project shine. The mix of folk, pop and roots rock dominate the record with some nods to more atmospheric influences of Daniel Lanois, Pierre Marchand, and John Leventhal. With renewed passion and fresh vision, the basics' live show inspires. With the release of Grow, you will find the basics back on the road, with shows slated on both coasts in 2004.



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Sine St. Pierre

Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful - Buy it now!
This album is absolutely fantastic! I have not had the pleasure of listening to new material from Kelly and Wade for a long time, and this is filled with rich sounds and wonderfully poignant lyrics. It has followed me everywhere since I received it a couple of weeks ago... another classic Bassics release...!

dale baker

Great Songs + Great Production = Great CD
If you haven't purchased a copy, I can't recommend this new release by "the basics" enough. First of all, I've got to say that I play drums on most of the album, and count Wade and Kelly as some of my dearest friends, so I'm definitely a bit biased. I'm really proud to have played on this record and as you can see, I can't gush enough about their new recording.

I'd say if you are a fan of excellent songwriting, folk-pop music ala Shawn Colvin or Rosanne Cash, and wonderfully nuanced production (ala Malcolm Burn, John Leventhal (sp?), you should check this CD out. Wade Baynham (one half of the duo) did production and mixing duties and played many of the instruments on the CD. He proves that he's not only an excellent musician - able to play for the song - but also capable of creating arrangements that aid and enhance a songs meaning and artistry. His production and mixing skills are some of the best I've seen and heard. Kelly Baynham (Wade's wife and the other half of "the basics") sings and plays guitar and shares writing and singing duties with Wade. Her voice is strong and expressive and delicately reminiscent at times of Emmylou Harris, Sam Philips, and Patty Griffin. These songs are personal and inspiring. The production is definitely modern, but at no time does it distract from the songs/ or the listening experience. This CD is well done and deserving of wider recognition. I hope you get a chance to hear this.

Gary S

The Basics - Grow
Another example of a fine "easy" rock group. Great sound from these two. Been listening to them since 1993. Worth listening to. Keep the songs coming.

LaToya Richardson

This CD is so pure...
Thid CD is really a great one to listen to. I listen to it while cleaning, studying, or just relaxing, and it never fails that I will find something new in a song. Or even better I completely understand what they are singing. I can only describe it as a real CD, with real music, with real musicians.

LaToya Richardson

This CD is so pure...
Thid CD is really a great one to listen to. I listen to it while cleaning, studying, or just relaxing, and it never fails that I will find something new in a song. Or even better I completely understand what they are singing. I can only describe it as a real CD, with real music, with real musicians.

Diane Bisgeier

Warning: this is real music
I'm always eager to open up the latest CD from The Basics because I know it will be hearty fare: real, authentic, honest and beautiful. Refreshingly, there is no need to "filter" through it like one must do with much of today's music and media, because it's all the real deal and you can't help but be changed a bit for the listening.

Julie Dawson

Better buy two copies
I am not a big CD buyer, but it's worth the work to track down the basics' newest release and "grow" again rewards my effort. Consistent with their other releases, the songs on "grow" are catchy, each unique, layered with meaning, and musically rich and complex. I've dreamed of owning a coffeehouse that features the basics' songs as a soundtrack, but for now I'll settle for watching my kids dance around the living room to "change of season" and "know you better" over and over again. I bought two copies, but we may wear out the first before I can give the second as a gift.