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Empty Space

by demi-dryer

Roots rock with a minor twang... Lyrically driven, languid and atmospheric. Lush vocals with fat guitar licks. Where the rural South meets the New West.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Big Sky (I90)
4:38 album only
2. Sweet Boy
3:47 album only
3. Devil's Lake
4:39 album only
4. Empty Space
4:43 album only
5. I Saw You
3:43 album only
6. Daughter of the Road
4:05 album only
7. Canyonlands
4:14 album only
8. Black Eye
3:45 album only
9. Rain Comes
4:38 album only
10. Mountain
4:32 album only
11. All I Want to Say
4:08 album only
12. Undone
8:31 album only


Album Notes
"Browning's dark yarns and whisky-tinged voice made demi-dryer's self-released "Empty Space" one of the best albums you never heard last year..." Salt Lake City Weekly

"Browning's gritty Southern lilt matches nicely with fiery guitar work on the band's latest, "Empty Space". - Salt Lake City Tribune

"...expansive Americana sound, where Browning's emotional reactions to the world correspond with a natural beauty in the music. The effect reaches sublime levels on the title track, a song about the messy leavings of a break-up, set to tribal rhythms and an arrangement that recreates the great outdoors at its most menacing and awesome." Performing Songwriter

"Recent demi-dryer CD, Empty Space, can be compared, stylistically perhaps to an Austin sound, and Browning's vocals and lyrics reflect her Southern upbringing. No lilting belle though, rather a moody, poetic gunslinger, with a very unique voice." Hipfish

"Browning and Beeson display an even sharper grasp of mood and atmosphere (on Empty Space) than on their accomplished debut, Outside Line." - The Oregonian, 2001

"Browning's songs are confident, sensuous, country-ish numbers. Her voice, like Lucinda Williams or Neil Young, is a captivating marriage of grit and vulnerability. Demi-Dryer has assembled 12 tracks as strong as good black coffee. Get out on the highway, roll down the windows and turn up the volume - this one's a keeper." - Nervy Girl!, 2001

"Demi-Dryer play swampy country bluesrock...they have laid down an honest music experience, unconcerned with the fashions on the day and thus all the more true." - Portland Mercury, 2001

"Rachel Browning brings you into her world of dark story lines with a gently passionate voice...Empty Space flows over the peaks and valleys of Browning's life delivering her truths like personal diary entries." - Two Louies, 2001

"Empty without a a self-conscious or inauthentic note..." The Willamette Week, 2001

"Browning is an astonishing talent. And in Dryer she has found a perfect showcase for her gifts. There is a dark undercurrent to much of this music, a wanderlust and a vision of the road, indeed of America, that is rich in gothic images..." Goldmine Magazine, 2000

"Browning's voice unself-conciously breaks and twists on the reefs of emotion... It's a voice perfectly suited to the job at hand, dark and naturalistic, unschooled and real..." The Oregonian, 2000

"(Dryer's debut album) Outside Line is an impressive, well-produced, engaging and thoroughly charming introduction and you are hereby advised to sit and watch this Dryer spin." The Rocket PDX, 2000

"....fat sound, expert lead guitar and crackerjack songwriting runs consistently through their live and recorded work." -, 2000

"(Dryer's debut album) Outside Line is at once airy and heavy with glistening guitar lines that give way to rugged bass grooves. Vocalist Rachel Browning sets the tone with her inflective voice, which goes from apple cider to vinegar in an instant" - The Eugene Register-Guard, 2000

"They don't feel the need to prove they are "real" by taking some exaggerated pose of authenticity. Dryer just plays their music and hoe down with no fuss, no fluff. Just lots of heat and a good dance spin." - The Portland Mercury, 2000

"Dryer's earthy backwoods tales are as refreshing as a cold beer after a long, hard ride...Dryer is not just full of hot air. Its musical spirit is still untattered. Like a lone tree on top of the hill or a gusting wind, Dryer has complete disregard for radio pop and genre compliance.... It will be exciting to see what comes next for this band." City Search, 2000

"Browning's voice is so achingly pure, it defies categorization. To be sure, it has a very rural sound, but it transcends traditional country." Goldmine Magazine, 1999

"Fronted by the reedy, beaten but certainly not broken voice of Rachel Browning, this refreshing acoustic quartet carves out original, yet deeply familiar, quality country with just a bit of sting. Welcome to their world of barbecued folk." The Rocket PDX, 1999

"After reading their bio, this release is quite an accomplishment... Outside Line, a collection of 12 roughhewn songs that carry the proverbial flag pretty well... Browning's vocals, however, seem to lend more similarity to the 60's sound of Cass Elliott, Janis Joplin or even Grace Slick..." KINK FM102 local music spotlight, 2000

"I wanted to curl up with a bottle of whiskey and a slow fire and let them play me to sleep if only so that I could wake up to it again--beautiful and plaintive one moment, rollicking like a coal car headed down a West Virginia holler the next." Portland Online MusicNet, 2000

"Painting pictures of bleak highways and misspent youth, Rachel Browning's rugged twang leads this urban-folk group through the dusty roads of the rural South where she spent her childhood." Willamette Week, 1999

"When this Dryer spins, you can almost see the Virginia porches cluttered with kissin' country cousins and bootleg whiskey jugs. A compelling collection of simple, but by no means simplistic, acoustic strolls guided by the tinged twang of Rachel Browning..." The Rocket PDX Demo Listening Derby, 1999

"Rachel Browning and Dryer delivery rootsy homespun sounds and dark tales of desire..." Two Louies, 1998

"Dryer belts out the honkytonk tunes..." Anodyn

Playing a $10 guitar her mother scored at at garage sale, Rachel Browning has been writing songs and gigging with Dryer for the last five years. Raised in rural Virginia, Browning's songwriting reflects her vision of the South, the new West and the road. Her songs have been described at "impeccable", "genre defiant" and "stunning". The Portland Rocket calls her voice "a curious balance of strength and vulnerability, wisdom and wonder, frailty and force..." Goldmine Magazine raves "Browning is an astonishing talent...There is a dark undercurrent to much of this music, a wanderlust and vision of the road, indeed of America, that is rich in gothic images."

Lead guitarist, Christopher Beeson, originally from a Mississippi river town, moved to a small Nevada mining town where he covered bass and vocals for a roots and blues biker-bar band called Bad Dog. Moving to Oregon five years ago, he found himself playing bass in a heavy funk band and a sixties-style originals rock band. Rebounding to his cultural roots, Chris has found a home with Dryer where he plans to stay and explore the mysteries of the Midwestern mind through music. The Oregonian describes his playing as "atmospheric and thoughtful" while enthusiastically claims "Beeson executes some of the most creative and efficient guitar accompaniment I have ever heard...."



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A great find ...
Holy jumping jeehozafat !!! There has not been one post regarding this CD and it was made in 2001.

I am posting on January 29, 2005 after receiving this CD together with the original Dryer CD.

I search for new music or music that I may have missed .. and I came across this CD. It is nothing short of phenomenal ... alt-country at its best with some shades of Cowboy Junkies.

Each track is great ... slow, well disciplined .. and the vocals of Rachel Browning together with the musical accompaniment of Christopher Beeson and others --- simply superb. This CD is my best find of 2004-2005.

I highly recommend your giving this CD a twirl and discover for yourself.