Deidre McCalla | Playing For Keeps

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Playing For Keeps

by Deidre McCalla

On her first MaidenRock Records release singer/songwriter Deidre McCalla deftly navigates a range of musical styles as she explores themes of love, family, passages, reverence for the earth, and social justice.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. If God Only Knew
3:04 $0.99
2. Playing For Keeps
3:28 $0.99
3. Thanks For Asking
4:31 $0.99
4. As Tall As Grandpa Stands
3:06 $0.99
5. Moving On From Here
3:53 $0.99
6. Cradled In Green
5:15 $0.99
7. Happy To Be On The Planet
3:02 $0.99
8. Some Windows
5:24 $0.99
9. Mama Loves Me
1:47 $0.99
10. Walk Me Down To The River
4:23 $0.99
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Album Notes
Deidre McCalla. Singer. Songwriter. Guitarist. Modern day troubadour. An engaging performer with a voice that delicately conveys both strength and vulnerability, Deidre's eclectic blend of folk, rock, country, and pop has touched the hearts and minds of audiences from Maui to Maine, college coffeehouses to Carnegie Hall.

A preeminent performer in both folk and women's music circles, Deidre McCalla has shared stages with a long list of notables that include Tracy Chapman, Suzanne Vega, Odetta, Cris Williamson, and Sweet Honey In the Rock.

Deidre came of age in the fiery blaze of New York City's folk heyday - a time when the clubs of Greenwich Village were filled with the likes of Dylan, Baez, and Ochs; a time when Motown ruled the top of the charts and the streets of America screamed with anger and civil unrest. All of these influences made an indelible imprint on an open and impressionable young mind. Her first album, Fur Coats and Blue Jeans, was released when Deidre was nineteen and a student at Vassar College. Upon graduating Deidre hit the proverbial road and has never looked back.

With five critically acclaimed albums to her credit, Deidre McCalla remains the indefatigable road warrior. An African American lesbian feminist, Deidre's words and music poignantly traverse the inner and outer landscapes of our lives, chronicling our strengths and weaknesses and celebrating the power and diversity of the human spirit.

"Playing For Keeps" Personnel: Producers - Laurie Lewis, Teresa Trull. Engineer - Tom Size. Musicians - Linda Tillery, Nina Gerber, Tom Rozum,Vicki Randle, Barbara Higbie, Steve Baughman, Melanie De More, Rhonda Benin, Jean Madeloni, Leo Adamian, Nicolas Bearde, Jeanie Tracy, Elouise Burrell, Leah Wollenberg, Madeline Thompson, Jen Waller, Roger Smith, Justin Morell, Todd Sickafoose, Jim Nunally, Michael Witcher, Dan Seamans.



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wonderful -
Once again you have produced a cd that I will play over and over again. Hopefully, you come back to Des Moines again so I can hear it live.


Playing For Keeps
After 20 years of your music, I am still in awe. Thanks.


Great music, quality CD, fair prices. I will be back!


This is one to share . . .
inspires great notions of how the world ought to be for everyone

Anna Hollis

fresh, fun, & fantastic
Deidre McCalla's Playing for Keeps is genuine, fresh, & fun. I highly recommend it!


Voice of an angel and Intelligent writing.
Deidre McCalla writes music that is meant to be heard. She is insightful and pours her soul into every song she sings. This work is an interesting blend of folk, country, gospel and give em hell; all wrapped up into one. Her soothing voice emits such raw emotion. The listener becomes completely wrapped up in her world. You won't be dissapointed.

Elisabeth Luntz

simple, pure, true and fun
Deidre McCalla has crafted a pure, simple, true and fun work of art with Playing for Keeps. Wholesome vocals, thought provoking lyrics and clean instrumentals make this CD a gem of the folk genre.

M Walsh

A favorite
I ordered a second copy of this CD because it is essential listening in our house. My 3 year old loves "Mama Loves Me," memorized it when she was 2, and sings it all the time. Now she is memorizing (and loves to dance to)another song on the album. We cherish McCalla's songwriting and singing as some of the best folk singing in the US today.