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Crossing the dirty river

by Carol Bean

With vampire-like sounds of dirty slide guitar to honking harp blues this album's themes range from the tender and intimate to the politically challenging with upbeat and heartfelt saxophone ballads, stomping fiddle tunes, and grit.
Genre: Blues: Slide Guitar Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Evidence
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2. Crossing the Dirty River
3:36 $0.99
3. Hard Drive Blues
3:27 $0.99
4. Power of the People
3:58 $0.99
5. Cartoons
3:31 $0.99
6. Catch
3:23 $0.99
7. Mt Misery
3:55 $0.99
8. Kicking & Screaming
3:09 $0.99
9. Messy Girl
3:41 $0.99
10. Vitamin Yes
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11. Lucky In Love
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12. Looking Like A Holy Man
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Album Notes
"Wonderful, soulful, and hopeful" E. L'Hulliere, Music Review, Bendigo, Australia

“I have been playing Carol’s music on my Americana Show for the last 10 years and would have to say that she has finally reached a peak with this album, wonderful dirty guitars and wonderful songs. She is definitely our Queen of Alt Country/Blues.” Shady, The Americana Show, Sundays NZ Time 2-4 pm

Carol Bean was born in Manchester England, raised in Ontario Canada and was in Los Angeles California by the time she was 11. As a teenager she spent most weekends at the legendary Ash Grove music venue in Los Angeles listening to blues musicians like Mississippi John Hurt, Mance Lipscome and Lightin’ Hopkins. This is where she spent a year learning guitar from David Cohen (Country Joe and the Fish and had lessons from Ry Cooder (The Rising Suns, Buena Vista Social Club) at McCabe’s Music Store, which is still going strong as a major music venue today.

Carol has been in NZ for over 30 years. She has raised a family, been a teacher, an arts advisor and now has a company called Press Go PRoducions making music videos. She travels back and forth to California to visit family and friends and will launch her new album in LA next year. Her first album (Read the Road Signs, 2006) had rave reviews from NZ Musician Magazine, Australia Hi-Fi, and Indie-CDs Australia. It gained radio play and sold two songs to a Hollywood film called Player 5150.

In 2007, Carol was a featured artist at both the Auckland and Wellington Folk Festivals.
She has fronted two bands

Blue Highways (Ray Ahipene-Mercer, Jim Nicolson, Lester Mundell) have performed for 10 years at various events such as the Wellington’s Summer City Festival, the Martinborough Wine Festival, corporate events at the Westpac Stadium and Overseas Terminal, Wellington’s legendary South of the Divide Concerts, and many Roomfulla Blues gigs for the Capital Blues club nights.

Mt Misery, (Richard Klein, Costa Botes, Andrew Delahunty, Barry Carter, Jesse Melrose) an alt country string band has played two years running at the Wellington Folk Festival and at Wellington’s Bluegrass Society.

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More bio:
“My songs are not all about love and romance, each one of them is a different story. The album ranges from blues, to alt country to rock. On Mt Misery for instance, Richard Klein’s slow fiddle waltz has resurrected an old timey brooding sound similar to Remember Me on my first album Read the Road Signs. The fiddle and banjo on Kicking & screaming sets up a cool Dixie Chicks sound. I dare you to buy the song girls.”
Carol specialises in playing funky blues riffs and soulful West Coast rhythmic rock. Carol plays a 1957 Gretsch Duo Jet bought at the Guitar Centre in Hollywood, October 2005 and a 1954 Martin 0021 that Ry Cooder spotted for her at Reno’s Music Store on Pacific Coast Highway, Manhattan Beach in 1963. She plays through a Fender Deluxe amp uses a TS9 Tube Screamer and AKG mics.
Her acoustic style includes Travis picking and her rhythmic-hooks are accented by quirky turn-arounds. She draws on a variety of influences for example: Debbie Davies (guitarist for Albert Collins and Coco Montoya), James McMurtry, Lucinda Williams, Eliza Gilkyson, Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, Patti Larkin, Mary Gauthier, John Doe, and of course, the Rolling Stones.



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Denis Peter

Crossing the Dirty River
I was enchanted by Carol Bean's "Read the Road Signs". Her new disc,"Crossing the Dirty River"is a brilliant sucsessor. Filled with vibrant, exciting music accompanying Carol's unique voice '', it is an experience not to be missed. Buy it ans you will want to play it again and again.

Patty Radenbaugh

Bigger! Better! Best!!
Ahhhhh, for those of you who loved Carol's first Album "Read the Road Signs" you are in for a treat. This CD has the most amazing music throughout. I am not a musician so I don't know the jargon but the music was brilliant. All of the different instruments seemed to me to be played by serious professionals, and I found out later that they are!!
(Famous people! Truly! ) So even though I don't play music myself I knew something was right about this CD. What I do know is this CD kept me riveted ..........and hopping sometimes! The variety is just amazing. The songs stayed in my head for days on the first listening. Carol voice has definitely gotten better even than on the first album. Her voice is so rich and warm and downright lovely. Yes she is that too! The original songs are awesome. Get this CD and you will know what I mean. Thanks Carol and her "Famous" band of merry men!!!!!!!!!!!!! HA!