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Blue Morning

by Bourgeois Gypsies

Kaisa MacDonald and Arnold Mitchem are Bourgeois Gypsies -- a genre-bending acoustic band that pits slow-rocking, porch-setting music against poignant punk rock lullabies that make you tap your foot, clutch your heart, and shake your head all at the same
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1. Gypsy Girl
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2. Sugarplum
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3. Slide
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4. Pink Clouds
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5. Skin
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6. Blue Morning
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7. Laredo Holiday
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8. Middle of Nowhere
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9. Conversation
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10. Wide Open Moments
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Album Notes
BOURGEOIS GYPSIES:
PUNK BILLIE HOLIDAY MEETS THE GRATEFUL DEAD

What happens when a sober, high-desert troubadour collides with a fire-spinning, inn-keeping spawn of a gypsy -- in the café of a clothing-optional hot springs resort? They jam, of course, at open mic. Their sounds and styles fit so good together, they have no choice but to keep on playing together. Today, Kaisa MacDonald and Arnold Mitchem are Bourgeois Gypsies -- a genre-bending acoustic band that pits slow-rocking, porch-setting music against poignant punk rock lullabies that make you tap your foot, clutch your heart, and shake your head all at the same time.

With two CDs to their credit ~ Bourgeois Gypsies and Blue Morning ~ Bourgeois Gypsies are best known for their hip gypsy performances throughout Lake Tahoe and other High Sierra venues, including Captain John's, Cutthroats, and the Lake Almanor Arts Show, as well as the Palm Springs Street Fair.

Kaisa MacDonald, gypsy spawn and self-trained musical intuitive, combines an inverted-style of folk-punk finger-picking with dreamy, crooning vocals that ramble with reckless assurance through the exquisite expressions of her twentysomething angst. Classically trained in piano and flute as a child, MacDonald's (odd) guitar-picking style has been compared to Bob Dylan's incomparable harmonica-playing technique.

Arnold Mitchem, clean-sober troubadour and air-conditioned gypsy, has played bass guitar with Jeff Buckley and Danny Carey of Tool in a band called The Wild Blue Yonder. He has recorded with Seals & Croft & Chris Whitley. As a solo artist he self-released two acclaimed instrumental guitar CD’s, Desert Dreams & Mojave Moon.

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Ashleigh Hill

Eclectically speaking, the Bourgeois Gypsies are quite a find.
Bourgeois-G : Folk at its Best -

Preface: Admittedly, the Bourgeois Gypsies are far more talented than I judgmentally thought after holding a copy of Blue Morning in my hands for a few minutes. My apologies to any acoustic gods that may exist. - -

Eclectically speaking, the Bourgeois Gypsies are quite a find. The oddly enticing "Gypsy Girl" creates a superb entrance into the world of Bourgeois (which takes on a whole different meaning) and reminds all listeners why they love folk music (even if they don't). "Sugarplum" is the first of many (ok, the whole disk is full of them) fireside songs complete with an indispensable harmonica and sing-along chorus of "oh yeah, oh no". Following suit, "Slide" displays a catchy head-bobbing, finger-picking guitar beneath Kaisa MacDonald's tastefully twanging vocals. It's obvious in "Pink Clouds" that Arnold Mitchem and Kaisa MacDonald have undoubtedly mastered the art of meshing their melancholy vocals with a unique music and atmospheric tone. The sensual, slow "Skin" offers sweet lyrics with a sunny-day backing track which seems to promote long walks on the beach and cold lemonade while "Middle of Nowhere" (think B-52's with "Love Shack"), a swamp-romp of a song, encourages country road driving singing "middle of nowhere is fine with me!" at the top of your lungs. As far as the first few songs are concerned, Blue Morning says that an alternative folk/blues style is for everyone.

Perhaps the only songs worth skipping, "Blue Morning" and "Laredo Holiday", lack the seemingly signature eccentricity the rest of the album reveals. "Blue Morning" drags on for over six minutes without a harmonica or quirky guitars, both of which seem necessary, and "Laredo Holiday", after a disk full of fun tunes, proves dismal. However, the pair redeems themselves in the slow song category with "Conversation", with its pretty guitars and charming lyrics ("the graceless state/ That I was in, Well it's just history/ But it comes back to me in conversation"). Otherwise, Bourgeois Gypsies stick to what they're fantastic at: curiously artistic, oddly inspiring music.

Thinking of moving down towards the swamplands, creating your own instruments … and loving it? Buy Blue Morning and save yourself with trip (or maybe take the CD with you). The Bourgeois Gypsies will attract anyone living south of the Mason Dixon Line, or more seriously, anyone interested in classic folk.
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Doug Cornell

There's always a place in any music fan's collection for some eclectic, laid bac
There's always a place in any music fan's collection for some eclectic, laid back folky blues. The Bourgeois Gypsies (who are perfectly named for their style of music) rely on the combined vocals and acoustic guitars of Arnold Mitchem and Kaisa MacDonald. Their sound is relaxed California blues rock. The production is first-rate, and both Mitchem and MacDonald are talented singers and guitar players.
Blue Morning opens with "Gypsy Girl," which features a melodic dual-acoustic guitar melody, a pleasant, rollicking beat, and solid vocals. "Sugarplum" is a bluesy track that you might expect from Jack White in his "Cold Mountain" performance. Tasty electric guitars and MacDonald's crisp vocals propel the slow-burning track "Slide," while "Pink Clouds" is a nice acoustic rocker.
The Bourgeois Gypsies know when it's time to slow the tempo ("Skin"), but it's the track "Blue Morning" that demonstrates the at the Gypsies know how to create a truly original sound. While mostly breaking from the acoustic blues, "Blue Morning" uses a subtle acoustic guitar melody as a bed for MacDonald's haunting vocals. The song's chorus is the best on the album, and really causes the listener to sit up and take notice.
The band takes us back to confident California rock reminiscent of the Eagles ("Laredo Holiday"), then rock it up a bit with a clever descending bass/guitar romp ("Middle of Nowhere").
One can't help but imagine that the Bourgeois Gypsies are an amazing live act. As demonstrated on the title track and "Middle of Nowhere," they are capable of producing modern rock that still fits within their vision of the California sound.
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