Roberta Chevrette | Miss America

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Miss America

by Roberta Chevrette

Fierce, fast, feminist folk...Roberta's newest release has a sound that falls somewhere between the woman-on-her-own style of influential artists like Ani DiFranco and that of a rowdy boot-stompin' (albeit untraditional) string band.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Country Girl
4:04 $0.99
2. Every Wind
4:50 $0.99
3. Miss America
5:32 $0.99
4. Anything
3:58 $0.99
5. Your Words
2:23 $0.99
6. Your Name
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7. Bear Tracks
3:03 $0.99
8. Long Long Day
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9. Anymore
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10. Inside
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11. Takes Me Back
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12. How Long?
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13. Same Ol' Blues
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Album Notes
"Now this is folk music. Acoustic guitar...sweet voice...intelligent and political's everything folk is supposed to be."-Collected Sounds

"Powerful, Fiercely independent, Sultry and Intelligent..." are a few of the words that have been used to describe singer-songwriter, Roberta Chevrette, a new face on the Sacramento music scene and the national folk circuit. Like many artists these days, Roberta has been building a career outside of the homogeneity of the Britney/Cristina lookalikes of the mainstream. Indeed, with her direct personal-political-feminist informed lyrics, Roberta is not afraid to call it like she sees it, and with her high energy performances and a never-ending tour schedule, she has been playing to growing audiences in California and across the country.

But her appeal is not just in her dislike of a certain man in a certain higher office. Also helping Roberta to carve her own path are her distinctive guitar work and a voice that one writer describes as "stunning," saying, "It's clean and clear, and it provides the perfect vehicle to carry her thoughtful lyrics across the landscape created by her melodies." So it is that armed with just her acoustic guitar and her naivete (along with the help of online stores like CD Baby), Roberta's homegrown demo cd, Can You Hear This? (2003), managed to draw attention as far away as Belgium and Germany, and her full-length studio debut,
Woman Mother Earth Sky (2004), led to tours and radio appearances across the US. With the release of her sophomore cd, Miss America, on March 19th, 2005, this
driven and talented 23 year-old has certainly been keeping busy.

Describing the new cd as "fast, fierce, feminist folk," Roberta delivers 13 new songs on the album, which, while continuing in the strong socio-political lyrical focus showcased on her debut cd, also branch out into a newer folkier realm of stringed instruments and bluegrass influenced harmonies. From the flat-picked opening notes of "country girl," to the feminist commentary on body image in the aptly titled, "miss america," to the rollicking sound of "bear tracks" and a couple of the political spoken word pieces that Roberta's audiences have come to know and love, Roberta has created an album with a sound that falls somewhere between the woman-on-her-own style of
influential artists like Ani DiFranco and that of a rowdy boot-stompin' (albeit untraditional) string band.

And that is not all. In the past two years Roberta has shared the stage with Sacramento's rising star, Jackie Greene as well as numerous other local and touring performers; she has performed at folk festivals alongside seasoned veterans such as Utah Phillips and newcomers like Noe Venable; and she has toured near and far, receiving press and airplay while criss-crossing the country. She is a performing member of Indiegrrl and a dedicated activist to feminist/queer/progressive causes, interrupting the stream of coffeehouses, bars and acoustic music venues and festivals to play for diverse causes, from Seattle's Bend-it! Queer Youth Arts Festival to benefits for the West Coast Feminist Health Alliance, NOW (National Organization of Women), the Green Party, Sacramento Peace Action and many others.

But what shines through most, as anyone who has had the pleasure of seeing Roberta perform can attest, are her energetic live performances; and with her colorful presence and outspoken exuberance, she has drawn comparisons to the aforementioned DiFranco, as well as guitarist Leo Kottke
and beat poet Allen Ginsberg. Although she can be found playing many shows solo, she is often accompanied by one or both members of her acoustic band (although they are not always wearing dresses), The Roberta Chevrette Trio, featuring Ken Burnett on mandolin and harmonies and John Bellizia on banjo and percussion.




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organic, truthful, expressive, down-home and strong of spirit
This is how I would wish Miss America to be: organic, truthful, expressive, down-home and strong of spirit. Chevrette's new CD "Miss America" rocks your soul as if you have finally got that rare chance to sprawl out in a tall grass prairie, just to gaze at the high open sky. The clouds part and you are transported to a vintage barnyard past a deep forest, where the tribal back country folk live in peace and harmony. This alabaster toned sassy singer, croons of country girl musings, brandy wine wishes and global righteousness. Right in tune with her are virtuoso Ken Burnett on superb mandlin, John Bellizia on brilliant banjo and bluegrass tribal drum beats by Jason Sewell. Their chemistry is in sync and their music is sure to move you from side to side. Is that your heart leaping out of your chest? To be free? To be unseen and jumpin' up omnipresent? That's how this CD strikes you. With the CD's harmonious vocals and wonderful country, bluegrass, and Celtic influences "Miss America" is a festival stomping treat. Again Roberta's spoken word graces the CD with truth and might. Chevrette and her band are truly old souls come back to groove you and your ancestors back to life.

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The Sacramento-based feminist folkie strikes again!
The Sacramento-based feminist folkie strikes again! Did that get your attention? Listen up! Just look at the pictures from the photoshoot for this release and you will know Roberta likes to have fun. But the first song, "Country Girl", took me by surprise - I half expected to hear about a girl-or boyfriend leaving her and the family dog dying, but I didn't expect these lyrics: "when she tried to kill me on the living room floor/ with a pair of scissors/ in her hand/ she said i'm gonna kill her". Then she lightens up the mood in "Miss America" in which she confesses: "I want to be Miss America (...)/ and sit back quietly/ while others think for me/ i want to be pretty." She can also get serious in spoken word/ beat poetry pieces, such as "Your Words" - a tribute to Ani DiFranco and a commentary on the current administration, and "How Long" - about social issues, including the Iraq war. Musically, she's somewhere in the middle of folk-country-bluegrass-rock - "Bear Tracks" could be an old Dolly Parton song, while "Every Wind" reminds me more of Alanis. On several tracks, she pays homage to aforementioned Ani with her style of singing. Yet she does manage to make it her own, with a certain smirk-laughter and maybe naivete in her sweet voice. Too bad she gave up on the Miss America thing! Then again she's probably better off travelling the country with her guitar, singing her heart out.

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a truly extraordinary musician who is not afraid to express her beliefs!
Not one to be intimidated by expressing her beliefs through her music, Roberta Chevrette uses her creative song writing to cover issues such as politics, inner beauty, and the raging war all while mixing it in with a couple of love songs. This one-woman powerhouse backs up her aggressive lyrics with sweet sounding, uplifting vocals that offer comfort through the darkness of the never-ending cavern of bleeding lyrics. This political folk singer sends her listeners into a hypnotic trance with two spoken word pieces full of razor sharp edged words that would get a second glance from even the most dedicated fans to slam poetry goddesses like Alix Olson. Roberta stands on the enemy line and shoots it from the hip with her rapid, feminist gunfire that will send fans of artists like Ani DiFranco and Ember Swift into a mad dash to unleash this extraordinarily talented musician into the mosh pit of women's music today. "Miss America" delivers a hardcore, political punch from a truly, extraordinary musician who is not afraid to express her beliefs. There is no other word to describe this CD except for "Fem-tastic!"