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Songs for Emeline

by Chris "Crow" Smith

Former Flat Duo Jets Drummer, Chris "Crow" Smith, Reappears as Folk Rock Singer/Songwriter.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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1. Emeline
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2. What Do You See
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3. Child of God
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4. Long Way Home
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5. Goodbye
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6. Golden One
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7. Endlessly
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8. Guide Me
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9. Far Away Dream
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10. All the Same
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“The albums 10 songs are pensive folk-rock along the lines of Elliot Smith”
-David Menconi Raleigh News & Observer

"His Drumming was so great
he was like a modern day
Gene Krupa.
I think his Rhythms
were just excellent.”
-Jack White-The White Stripes

"Another side trip is the Chris Smith penned "Little M" that closes the Record. This song is really good and has
great potential as a single.
Crow breaks out, pay attention!”
-Butch Modern, Modern World Magazine #7

"Lucky Eye ends with "Little M," something of a country romp, where Crow pays homage to his daughter, Emeline, branching out from drums to banjo and lead vocals. "Little M," instantly memorable for both its simple lyrics and charming sweetness, proves that Crow contributes a lot more to the Flat Duo Jets than just drum duty.”
-S L Hawkins Music Monitor

"The highlight of this disc is
the revved-up and
reverbed-out garage-rocker
"Where Are You Now,"
the only tune here penned by drummer Crow.”
~ Brian Beatty, All Music Guide

Crow Releases First Solo Recording
Described by Jack White of The White Stripes as, “A modern day Gene Krupa”, Crow is known to most as the drummer of his former band, The Flat Duo Jets. The Flat Duo Jets released nine albums during their fifteen year career. Their last Lucky Eye, was produced by Scott Litt and released on Outpost. The Flat Duo Jets were showcased along with Athens favorites R.E.M and the B-52s in the 1987 documentary Athens Georgia Inside Out. The documentary was released on DVD in 2003 and included a segment of the unfinished FDJ movie. They also appeared on MTVs Cutting Edge and 120 Minutes. The bands fiery talent was showcased on the Late Night With David Letterman Show. During 1990 The Duo was the opening band for the Cramps national tour. The Flat Duo Jets played with an array of bands including; Iggy Pop, Dick Dale, Reverend Horton Heat, Lynk Wray, to name a few.

Eight years after the breakup of the Flat Duo Jets, Crow releases his long awaited first solo recording appropriately titled Songs for Emeline. Recorded in three days, Songs for Emeline, dedicated to his nine year old daughter, reveals Crows multifaceted talent for all things musical. From Crows infinite vocal range to his ability to manipulate any instrument into doing his will. His lyrical skills provide insight into the soul of a freshly renewed poet. No longer stuck in the FDJ box, Crow has finally broken his silence, claiming his own separate artistic identity.

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Mike Cook

Gorgeous, heartfelt music from a father to his little girl
Dedicated to his young daughter Emeline, every song on Crow's debut solo album reveals a musician who has matured without losing any the sense of ugency and lack of pretense that was the hallmark of his legendary former band the Flat Duo Jets (he was the drummer). Much like the solo work of another great drummer -- Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys -- Crow's plaintive voice reveals that he has been through a *lot* since the Duo Jets broke up in 1998. Whatever his story is, it's clear that what sustained and transformed him through the years since was an all-consuming love for his daughter. Instead of the roar and holler of his past, "Songs For Emeline" is mostly low-key but brimming with emotional intensity, an unabashed open love letter to a child from her father. As a parent myself, song after song on this album strikes a very deep chord.

In addition to drumming, Crow plays most of the instruments (including some gorgeous acoustic guitar) and is accompanied by David Resnik (piano) and Michael Booze (banjo). Floating above it all is Crow's voice, which on several tracks (the heartbreakingly gorgeous "Child of God" in particular) is layered with some truly ethereal harmonies. Two of the tracks ("What Do You See" and "Goodbye") are upbeat rockers with electric guitar. The warm production (by Crow and Jerr Kee) somehow gives the recording the feel of an early 70's album, which is another plus.

Strong songwriting, tight playing between Smith, Resnik and Booze, and Crow's remarkable singing make "Songs For Emeline" a must-have album for anyone who loves honest music direct from the heart.
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David Menconi

Really nice
If you know of Crow at all, it's probably from his occasional song on Flat Duo Jets albums way back when. So it's a shock to hear the dreamy, folksy pop of his first solo album -- which sounds nothing at all like the gonzo bossa-nova rockabilly of his former band. But the heart of a first-rate songwriter was beating within FDJ's drummer all along. This proves it. Extremely well done.
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