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Blue Sun Rises

by Debra Lyn

“Blue Sun Rises” honors the heritage of Debra Lyn’s family by celebrating her Irish/English/Scottish roots. These influences are intricately woven into her original material and traditional songs throughout the CD.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I Pull Me Down Down (The Maids of Mitchelstown)
4:14 $0.99
2. Blue Sun Rises
4:03 $0.99
3. Billy Taylor
4:22 $0.99
4. The Bonnie Banks O' Loch Lomond
3:58 $0.99
5. Workin' for the Money
3:56 $0.99
6. Love Will Never Die
4:25 $0.99
7. Wayfaring Stranger
5:15 $0.99
8. Devil with the Blue Eyes
3:26 $0.99
9. Preacher Man
4:24 $0.99
10. The Parting Glass
4:42 $0.99
11. Ode to Billy Taylor (The Sun Rises Blue)
4:12 $0.99
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Album Notes

The art of storytelling has been with us since the dawn of human history. It is the means through which generations speak to one another and traditions evolve to be taken from those who come before us and passed on to those who come after.

Tradition is important to award-winning, Nashville-based singer/songwriter/musician Debra Lyn. Her earliest musical memories are of her Grandmother, Betty Lewis, also singer in the Albany/Troy, New York area in the 50s. Betty gave Debra her first guitar and encouraged her musical dreams.

“Blue Sun Rises,” Debra Lyn’s third CD for Nashville-based Palette Records, brings together traditional music that clearly speaks to Debra’s Irish/Scottish/English heritage and intricately weaves these influences with original material. Inspired versions of songs such as the Scottish favorites “The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond” and “The Parting Glass,” a popular American Folk/Gospel song “Wayfaring Stranger,” and a lesser known British folk song, “Billy Taylor” with an upbeat feel, make the cut.

The title track, co-written with Palette Records’ producer Jeff Silverman, employs evocative storytelling to explore the universal human emotions of separation and loss. The CD includes seven original songs written by Debra and Jeff. “I Pull Me Down” features the Irish song “The Maids of Mitchelstown” truly blending the new material with the traditional. The song features Irish flue and fiddle to lend to its authentic sound. The musical alchemy created by the melding of original with tradition continues throughout the CD with “Love Will Never Die” coupled with Irish Reel “The Star of Munster” and “Preacher Man” which leans heavily upon the song, “Goin’ Home.” The pairings were made with careful consideration to match and enhance the lyrical mood and musical feel. The CD’s final song, “Ode to Billy Taylor,” was written by Debra as an ending to the original story to vindicate Billy Taylor and features a haunting melody entwined meticulously with Irish flute, cello and Uillean pipe drones.

Jeff Silverman, an award-winning producer and songwriter, brings much in the way of creative expertise to “Blue Sun Rises.” He has toured and worked on gold and platinum album projects for artists such as Rick Springfield, The Allman Brothers, and Roger Miller, to name a few. Located in a city known as home to a plethora of world-class session players, able to handle just about anything in the recording studio, Jeff sought out specific musicians who could bring a true authentic sound and feel to “Blue Sun Rises.” An unexpected addition is Irish Step Dancer, Lily Rose Fisher, who performs percussive dance steps on “Wayfaring Stranger” and “Workin’ For The Money,” creating a unique “Riverdance” feel. (A full list of musicians appearing on “Blue Sun Rises” is included at the end of this article.)

As well as her vocal contribution to “Blue Sun Rises” Debra Lyn adds mountain dulcimer, clawhammer banjo and electric bass to the recording.

Jeff Silverman makes his musical appearance on “Blue Sun Rises” with his custom-made Martin acoustic baritone guitar. The baritone is tuned lower than a standard guitar and this, combined with a variety of non-standard tunings, gives the CD a unique, deep and full sound. Jeff also plays bass guitar throughout the CD.

“Blue Sun Rises” is a recording of carefully crafted innovation and surprises guaranteed to grab and hold the listener’s attention. The blending of the traditional Irish/Scottish/British music with fresh original material, creates a musical work which stands apart in the genres of Celtic and Americana/Folk music


01. I Pull Me Down (The Maids of Mitchelstown) - © 2018 Debra Lyn / Jeff Silverman (featuring the Irish traditional tune "The Maids of Mitchelstown")

02. Blue Sun Rises - © 2019 Debra Lyn / Jeff Silverman

03. Billy Taylor - Traditional British Folk Song

04. The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond - Traditional Scottish Song

05. Workin' for the Money - © 2019 Debra Lyn / Jeff Silverman

06. Love Will Never Die - © 2019 Debra Lyn / Jeff Silverman (featuring the traditional Irish Reel "The Star of Munster")

07. Wayfaring Stranger - Traditional American Folk/Gospel song.

08. Devil With The Blue Eyes - © 2019 Debra Lyn

09. Preacher Man - © 2019 Lyrics: Debra Lyn / Music: Jeff Silverman (featuring "Goin' Home," a traditional song based upon Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 9, "Largo" with words and music adapted by William Arms Fisher)

10. The Parting Glass - Traditional Scottish song

11. Ode To Billy Taylor (The Sun Rises Blue) – © 2019 Debra Lyn


Debra Lyn: Debra Lyn Music, SESAC
Jeff Silverman: Palette Songs, SESAC


DEBRA LYN: Lead and Background Vocals, Mountain Dulcimer: Tracks 1, 4, 8, 9 and 11, Bass on Devil With The Blue Eyes, Claw Hammer Banjo on Wayfaring Stranger

JEFF SILVERMAN: Baritone Acoustic Guitar on all songs except for Track 10, Bass on all songs except for Tracks 8 and 11, Background Vocals on Tracks 3, 5, 9 and 10

MATTHEW BURGESS: Percussion/Drums on all songs and Background Vocals on Preacher Man

FRANCES CUNNINGHAM: Bouzouki & Tenor Banjo
Billy Taylor

SEAN CUNNINGHAM: Irish Flute & Whistle
I Pull Me Down (The Maids of Mitchelstown), Wayfaring Stranger, Blue Sun Rises, The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond

EAMONN DILLON: Uilleann Pipes & Whistle
The Parting Glass, Preacher Man, Ode To Billy Taylor (The Sun Rises Blue)

LILY ROSE FISHER: Irish Step Dancing
Wayfaring Stranger, Workin’ For The Money

DON HART: Cello Arrangement
Ode To Billy Taylor (The Sun Rises Blue)

JOHN MOCK: Acoustic Guitar & Bouzouki
The Parting Glass

AILEEN O'BRIEN: Celtic Harp on Blue Sun Rises,
Banjo on Love Will Never Die

Ode To Billy Taylor (The Sun Rises Blue)

Preacher Man

JEFF TAYLOR: Accordion
The Parting Glass, The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond

BILL VERDIER: Irish Fiddle
I Pull Me Down (The Maids of Mitchelstown), Wayfaring Stranger, Love Will Never Die (featuring the tune The Star of Munster)

CD Artwork & Design by: DLS Graphics

Photographs of Debra Lyn: MsDig Photography



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