Becky Schlegel | Red Leaf

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Red Leaf

by Becky Schlegel

Blessed with a pure, chiming, miracle of a voice, Becky sings classic bluegrass while Krauss-ing over into new Country.
Genre: Country: Bluegrass
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1. Alabama Sun
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2. Your Everything
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3. Red Leaf
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4. Don't Leave It Up to Me
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5. Little Janie
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6. Tell Me Now
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7. I Never Needed You
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8. Sister Sam
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9. Your Memory
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10. My Love
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Album Notes
"I don't think anybody would be surprised if Becky became a national act. RED LEAF has that kind of crossover, singer-songwriter production quality that'll appeal to more than bluegrass fans -- if enough people hear the CD, I don't see any way it wouldn't make her a star."
--Minneapolis StarTribune

RED LEAF is the new album from recently signed Peppermint artist Becky Schlegel. Her previous CD, This Lonesome Song (1998), established Becky and her band True Blue as one of the Midwest's most accomplished and acclaimed bluegrass groups. RED LEAF takes off where Lonesome left off: in a new musical direction blending bluegrass, folk and pop in a style that's all her own.

Becky was raised in the central South Dakota town of Kimball (pop 700). She has been making music as long as she can remember, from piano lessons starting in kindergarten to joining her mother's professional country band, The Country Benders, to forming True Blue in 1997. Living in the Twin Cities has definitely influenced her music: RED LEAF could easily be described as bluegrass for the adult contemporary set, with Becky's angelic Alison Krauss-like voice rising above her band's skillful picking.

The first track, "Alabama Sun" is a heartbreaking memoir of a farmer so elderly that no one in his hometown even remembers him. "Little Janie," about a mother who kills her daughter during a flu epidemic, is as morbid as a bluegrass song can get. Becky's songs run the gamut from personal and heart-achey to sweet and homey.

RED LEAF was recorded at the renowned MasterMix studios in Minnesota. It features the talents of acoustic luminaries Peter Ostroushko, Marc Anderson, and John Niemann.

Becky's discography:
"Red Leaf" (2002)
"This Lonesome Song" (1998)

Becky's accolades and awards include:
-Featured artist on Garrison Keillor's popular radio show "Prairie Home Companion"
-2002 Minnesota Music Academy (MMA) award for Best Bluegrass Artist
-2002 MMA award for Best Bluegrass Album
-2001 MMA award for Best Bluegrass Artist
-2000 MMA award for Best Bluegrass Artist

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Larry Staeden

Nice Album
I also just got your New Release "Heartaches"
and it is very very good.
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Mark Diedrich

Refreshing originality
I have enjoyed Becky's "Red Leaf" album a great deal. Although she is new to writing her own material, she is refreshingly original. "Red Leaf" is a standout song using great metaphorical lyrics augmented by her wide-ranging vocals. In addition, her tale about a mother's mercy killing of her child is stunning. I would sure like to have her recording with me sometime.
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R. Smith

Beautiful voice; excellent musicianship
Becky Schlegel has a sweet tone to her voice. She's a gifted song stylist. There are several excellent songs, including Red Leaf, Alabama Sun, Little Janie, and Sister Sam. The last 2 are classic story songs. Tell Me Now and My Love have great tunes and are beautifully sung, but the words are less impressive. Still, these songs are very enjoyable. I find myself skipping Your Everything & Don't Leave it up to Me; for some reason, they don't resonate with me.
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Mike Honaker

a great discovery
A great, great album- the songs are well written, full of grit and soul....and Becky's beautiful, unique voice give the recordings the perfect blend of warmth and depth. I have only had this CD for a few weeks, but if it were possible to wear out a CD, this one would be long gone. I am very anxious to hear her next album!
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L Muller

Excellent album
Red Leaf is a wonderful album showcasing Becky's talent as a singer and songwriter. Although she is not a traditional bluegrass artist (fiddle, madolin, bass, guitar) her sound is more traditional tha Alison's has become. Your Memeory is a text book example on how to write a hit song. It tells a story, has great music, and has a hook you can't get out of your head. Becky has a unique voice, BUY THIS ALBUM!
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