Crabtree & Mills | Rise Above

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Rise Above

by Crabtree & Mills

Tight vocal harmonies and solid guitar-driven grooves, all original Americana and Canadiana songs (plus a touch of the blues & a frisson of jazz)
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Waterfalls
3:29 $0.99
2. Pelican Bay
3:57 $0.99
3. Black Dirt Blues
3:54 $0.99
4. Jesse, Frank and Cole
4:20 $0.99
5. Counting on You
4:12 $0.99
6. Pawnshop Alley
3:54 $0.99
7. Milk and Honey
3:46 $0.99
8. Gone
2:55 $0.99
9. Bound to Fly
4:31 $0.99
10. Steam Angel
3:47 $0.99
11. Too Little Too Late
3:02 $0.99
12. He's Goin' Down
3:47 $0.99
13. First Step to Freedom
4:01 $0.99
14. Rise Above
4:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
Reviews for two Crabtree&Mills YouTube Videos. Both songs are on the CD "Rise Above".

Track One: Waterfalls:

"Well, good for the two of you. The songs are evocative and well-crafted, and the singing is first class". - Si Kahn

"Good songs, good vocals and a wonderful spirit to their music. These two are the real thing. Terrific!" ... Steve Gillette

"Joanne and Paul. That is FANTASTIC. Joanne, that is one of the best songs I've heard in years. You rock gal". - Bruce Murdoch

Track Three: Black Dirt Blues:

"Woo Hoo! Great tune!! I love it." - Jed Marum

"Thanks. What a great song, beautiful singing and great guitar playing." ... bluesman1008

" There ain't no oil in Tulsa ... just them loneseme black dirt blues. ... I love this song!" - JayAymar ( 2010)

"Joanne, how great is this song! I still love and I want a copy of this CD - See you at OCFF - keep on writing. Beautiful stuff." ... JayAymar (2011)

Joanne Crabtree and Paul Mills have been making music together since 2000, and as a duo sInce September 2006. In September 2011 they completed their third duo CD,’Rise Above’. Here is what they have to say about it:

A musical partnership is like a person – it grows, evolves, has good times and bad times, joys and sorrows…then it either matures and blossoms - or it doesn’t.

Here’s a partnership that has grown up to become a whole entity – a living, breathing creature that is happy and alive and full of magic.

We’ve been ten years in the saddle as working musical partners and for five of those years we’ve shared the same saddle - the Crabtree&Mills saddle - (that’s right – no spaces!). Not all of those times have been free and easy.

Creative tension sometimes masquerades as adversity, but if the root of the discord is true creativity, eventually pain must give way to art.

The fruit of all that growing and evolving and arguing and kvetching, the art of Crabtree&Mills, is on this CD.

This is a disc of eleven original songs written by the left half of the duo (Joanne), and three written by both halves working together. We think they are some of the best songs we’ve ever crafted and we trust you’ll agree.

If you don’t, let’s just call it creative differences and move on.

The songs cut a wide swath: our planet in danger, chauvinism in the wild west, the beauty of friendship, circuses, drug therapy, a broken relationship in the St. Lawrence Corridor, a winged interceptor, raunchy love, broken promises, destructive drinking, church basements, forgiveness … and hope.

The words of others:

“As a performing duo, Crabtree & Mills have reached a new peak. The arrangements are more elaborate than ever and the trademark blend of their voices has never sounded richer.” Their performances are both simple and elegant: meaningful, heartfelt lyrics, beautiful melodies and amazing instrumentals featuring Paul’s phenomenal fingerpicking guitar work.

Joanne was born on a Yorkshire moor and raised on the ballads of the British Isles. In Toronto, her artistic roots took hold in poetry-filled coffee houses and the after-hours clubs of the 50’s and 60’s, influenced by the artists of that jazz/folk era. She performed as a solo folksinger and later with a folk-rock band, touring throughout Canada and the British Isles for several years. However, raising a family and developing a career in psychotherapy resulted in Joanne putting aside professional musical pursuits until her recent collaboration with Paul Mills and a return to newly inspired songwriting and performing.

Paul Mills wears many hats: musician, musical arranger, record producer/engineer. He was also a senior manager for CBC radio, producing national folk music programs and drama series as well as overseeing the design of CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio Theatre in Toronto.

For over 40 years Paul has been a major presence on the Canadian folk music scene. From his student years performing at London, Ontario’s Smale’s Pace to producing over 150 albums for performers such as Stan Rogers, Sharon, Lois and Bram, and Ron Hynes to name a few. He has produced 4 gold and 2 platinum records and has received numerous Juno and EMAC nominations and awards.

For his significant contributions to the health of Canadian folk music, Paul was chosen by the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals to be honoured with the 2011 Estelle Klein Award.

Ladies and gentlemen ... Crabtree&Mills!



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