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Tears Into Laughter

by Carol McComb

Her music is at ease in a range of music that covers gentle love songs, classic country and bluegrass, swing and bluesy country, and difficult subjects like growing old, child abuse, Alzheimer's disease, and homelessness.
Genre: Country: Country Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Idaho Sky
3:16 $0.99
2. Forgive and Forget
4:15 $0.99
3. Faded Dresden Blue
3:35 $0.99
4. Tears Into Laughter
3:01 $0.99
5. A Little More Love
3:19 $0.99
6. Queen of Sorrow
3:05 $0.99
7. Hazel's Song
3:50 $0.99
8. Next to my Skin
3:09 $0.99
9. Through Thick and Thin
3:00 $0.99
10. Ice on Fire
4:15 $0.99
11. Bird in the Wood
3:25 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
"McComb writes very personally delivering deceptively plain lyrics in a lovely voice that glides from contralto richness to silvery soprano. Her guitar playing is a marvel of spare technique, rich counterpoint adding texture to lyrical images... the intimacy she brings forth is both chilling and ennobling."
The Boston Globe

Carol's 1990 Kaleidoscope release Tears Into Laughter earned praise from BILLBOARD MAGAZINE: "This is a remarkably well-written, well-played, and emotionally moving album. McComb, who wrote all 11 songs, is wise without being preachy, and she sings with a quiet conviction and urgency."

A songwriter's songwriter, Carol's songs have been recorded by Bill Staines, Laurie Lewis, the Good Ol' Persons and 2004 Grammy winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, among others.

Carol made her recording debut for Elektra Records with Kathy and Carol, her duo with Kathy Larisch. The success of the record led to tours with Mimi Fariña and to concert dates with the likes of James Taylor, Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger. Carol's early music has withstood the test of time. In 1995, Vanguard Records on Folk Music at Newport, Part 1, featuring Kathy and Carol tracks.

She toured for eight years and released three critically albums with the nationally recognized Gryphon Quintet as a lead singer, songwriter, and guitar and Dobro player.

In addition to numerous other credits, Carol has taught guitar, harmony singing, voice and songwriting to thousands of people in workshop series in the San Francisco Bay Area and summer music camps nationwide.

Be sure to also check out Carol's third solo CD, Little Bit of Heaven, also available from CD Baby. Little Bit of Heaven feature performances by Nashville session player KEITH LITTLE, Bluegrass divas LAURIE LEWIS and CAROL ELIZABETH JONES, Celtic guitar virtuoso WILLIAM COULTER, and mandolin great JOHN REISCHMAN, among others. Roz and Howard Larman, co-hosts of the nationally syndicated radio program FolkScene, called it a "must have CD."



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San Jose Metro

Tears Into Laughter beats with the heart of a poet.
A sensitive and gifted songwriter with a major Northern California following... Tears Into Laughter beats with the heart of a poet. From the uplifting title track to the disquieting Faded Dresden Blue, the tracks sing to you tenderly.

San Francisco Bay Guardian

McComb brings a fresh perspective and a deft touch.
We all may have something to say, but McComb demonstrates that the art is in knowing how to say it. Each (song) is thoughtfully constructed, individual words and images coming together in deceptively simple patterns, stitched with seemingly effortless grace to attractive melodies ... whether addressing difficult issues (Alzheimer's disease, child abuse, growing old alone) that are often clumsily handled in song, or reworking standard folk fare (an Idaho Sky, the end of a romance, the shortage of social compassion) that are easily rendered in clichés, McComb brings a fresh perspective and a deft touch.

Chip Renner, All Music Guide

Touches the Soul
McComb's album is very compelling. The sad Faded Dresden Blue, about the effects of Alzheimer's disease on her grandmother, touches the soul.

The Music Independent

You'll be mesmerized
McComb's strength is in her storytelling; her songs are filled with poetic images of people, places, and animals...You'll be mesmerized.

BAM Magazine

Carol McComb sings pictures
Carol McComb sings pictures. Her vocal colors and lyrical details swirl together to create visual songs that capture the emotions of single moments. Her clear, gentle voice, when combined with her quiet lyrical strength, have (sic) the same effect as a warm hug in troubled times.

Seattle Victory Music Review

Sensitivity, caring and insight.
Carol's tender soprano voice has a vibrant thread of sincerity running through it. Her metaphors are finely tuned to our human experience. Her songwriting and musicianship touch deeply with their sensitivity, caring and insight. Delight your ear and heart.

Schwan's ''In Music"

A gem!
A gem. McComb has one of those warm, unforgettable voices that adds punch and feeling to her songwriting work... in a word, wonderful.

clare richels

enjoying both cd's - will pass the word along
Got little bit of heaven first - loved it, then ordered tears into laughter. Thanks for the email, carol, promoting it. Love this site also