Chris Ferree | Overflow

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by Chris Ferree

Overflow is a spiritually charged outpouring. An act of worship with world and jazz overtones. Echos of the past filled with resonating drums, stirring percussion, and soaring flute creating an emotional atmosphere of sound.
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2. Whisper in the Wind
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3. Spirit Song
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4. 40 Years
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5. Red Cloud's Farewell
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6. Medicine Bear
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7. Dance of the Blue Blanket
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North Carolina singer/songwriter Chris Ferree's second Native American offering Overflow is a spiritually charged outpouring intended to at once lift the spirit and calm the soul, a fusion of sounds and influences breathed in over the years and released like a flood, full of power and passion.

Drawing inspiration from historical events and the stories of yesterday joined with a hopeful vision of what tomorrow may bring, this nine song CD, six instrumental and three vocal, is an act of worship filled with resonating drums, stirring percussion, and soaring flute, cascading through lush strings and pads, with flourishes of piano and strumming guitars.

This is the Cherokee story that inspired the song Dance of the Blue Blanket by Barbara "Shining Woman" Warren

Nadia was four years old...and she loved Indians. Everything about Indians excited her. One day Nadia's grandmother came for a visit. Grandmother recalled those old stories the family told of Cherokee blood. So Grandmother decided to take Nadia, along with Nadia's mother and baby brother, to her first pow wow.

Little Nadia stood at the edge of the Circle. She watched with awe as the dancers passed by her dressed in their beautiful clothing. She listened intently to the drum, her knees dipping with the beat and Nadia knew she wanted to dance. But there were so many kinds of dances going on. She watched the men; then the women. She lifted one foot, then the other, puzzled about just what she should do with her feet.

Nadia felt a tap on her shoulder. Looking up she saw a smiling woman dressed in beautiful clothing holding out her hand toward Nadia. Nadia hesitated and glanced at her grandmother for approval. Grandmother's eyes smiled, "Yes." So Nadia accepted the hand of the stranger and together they danced and danced around the Circle. After a while, Nadia began to dance on her own. As Grandmother watched, Nadia started to twirl and whirl holding her arms up high in the air in imitation of the lovely fancy shawl dancers.

Grandmother beckoned to Nadia. She gave her a small blue blanket belonging to Nadia's baby brother. Nadia placed the blanket around her shoulders and began to dance with it in the Circle, the blue blanket twirling and whirling about her like the wings of a butterfly. She felt another tap on her shoulder, and there stood a different woman, and in her out-stretched hand she held a child-sized fringed shawl. Nadia glanced at Grandmother for approval. Grandmother's eyes smiled, "Yes." So Nadia accepted the gift from the stranger.

She placed the fringed shawl about her shoulders and then began to dance, the fringed shawl twirling and whirling about her like the wings of a butterfly. Nadia danced in honor of all those ancestors who had come before and with the pure joy of being a little girl at her very first pow wow.



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Your music is inspired and inspiring.
Thanks so much for the beauty that you give.

Ms B

finally had time to listen to your music..ok this is what it must sound like when you go/get to the happy hunting grounds eh?...your music is awesome.

Barbara Warren

Osiyo Chris,

I happened across your CD Baby website for your newest album, “Overflow”. I noted the song which was inspired by the story, “Dance of the Blue Blanket”. This lovely song catches the innocence of youth and the spirit of heritage. Visiting your MySpace webpage, I see that you have included this story there as well. It is so delightful to discover this song written by you because the story, you see, was written by me. So, Chris, I thank you for this beautiful touching song. And thank you, too, for sharing my story, “Dance of the Blue Blanket”, with your fans and guests. Good luck with a Nammy nomination! I sing with the Feather River Singers whose CD was nominated in 2006 for Debut Artist(s) of the Year.

Sharon Stellmach

A Great Blend of Native and Contemporary Instrumentation
Wow, mere words cannot express the beauty of Overflow! All of the tracks are lovely and most relaxing. There is a definite influence of Carlos Nakai here and the music resonates at a very high level. I especially enjoy "Dance of the Blue Blanket;" it's as if the story unfolds as a natural visualization in the listener's mind.