Donna Dean | Rosebud

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by Donna Dean

If you're a fan of The Carter family or Jimmie Rodgers, it's sure to please. Low tech use of a single microphone gives warmth, depth and integrity to every track.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Blood in My Veins
3:42 $0.99
2. A Brighter Day
3:28 $0.99
3. My Old Man
3:06 $0.99
4. Last Train
2:14 $0.99
5. Nobody Knows
2:50 $0.99
6. Not the Rifle
3:05 $0.99
7. Policeman
2:37 $0.99
8. Cover Up One Eye
3:05 $0.99
9. Rosebud
3:48 $0.99
10. Nobody Comes In
3:00 $0.99
11. Sweet Mother Mine
3:30 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Bunurong are Indigenous Australians who occupy South-Central Victoria, Australia. History tells us that prior to British settlement, the Bunurong people lived as all people of the Kulin nation. They lived sustainably on the land, predominantly as hunters and gatherers, for tens of thousands of years. Today, a stretch of this area is known as Mornington Peninsula.

In 1851, a cargo vessel named Rosebud, ran aground on Mornington Peninsula and this is how, we're told, the southeast Melbourne seaside town got its name. Locals put to good use what they could salvage from the wreckage and Rosebud grew.

Most of these songs came to me during a two year stay in Melbourne and like the heavily laden Rosebud, lay like cargo waiting to be discharged until a recent tour of Mainland New Zealand where I hoped to find the time and place to record them.

On the fourth day of the tour, host of Fairfield House in Nelson, Catherine Brosnahan, put me up in the Rose Room of the beautifully restored building which started life as a small cottage in 1893 and is now considerably extended and refined.

With Tui calls from the tree tops outside the window, together with my good friend John Egenes, we sat either side of a single microphone and recorded these tracks the old fashioned way. John played Weissenborn guitar, Banjo, Parlour Guitar and Mandolin and sang all the harmonies. I played Beltona Resonator guitar and Parlour Guitar. The low tech production, offers the listener an album, I feel, is packed with timeless snap shots of life and it is my hope that you'll feel warmth, honesty and depth in each and every song.

Thanks to John Egenes for supporting me in every way possible on this one. Rosebud will stand as a monument to the road trip we made together through small town New Zealand.

Thank you Catherine Brosnahan at Fairflied House, Nelson, NZ, for your generosity as a host and friend to a couple of musical travelers hoping to pull this off.

Thanks Dave Glasser at Airshow Mastering, Boulder, CO. You truly are a Master when it comes to Mastering!

Thanks to my sister Karen, for allowing use of the cover photo where I'm riding 'piggy back'. Thank you for many years of love and support.

Thanks to Bill Page at Mushroom Music Melbourne, AU, who inspired me to write Rosebud and spend time writing songs in Victoria.

Acknowledgement to Anika Moa for her master work, 'My Old Man'. And to my late mother's hero, Jimmie Rodgers, for the inspiration to write, sing and play.



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