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Are You Alone

by Donovan Roberts

Something old, borrowed and blue -- a mix of old time blues, borrowed folk and original jazz/blues by acoustic duo, Lori Donovan and Jeff Roberts.
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Wonderin' About You
3:12 $0.99
2. Wasn't That Enough
3:57 $0.99
3. Big Road Blues
3:52 $0.99
4. Little Baby
2:56 $0.99
5. You Got Lucky
4:03 $0.99
6. What You Need From Me
3:48 $0.99
7. Mighty Tight Woman
3:40 $0.99
8. River's Invitation
3:33 $0.99
9. Are You Alone
2:32 $0.99
10. Lorraine
6:12 $0.99
11. Junk Man
2:34 $0.99
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Album Notes
When Jeff Roberts first met Lori Donovan he had just taken a break from the road having worked as a touring blues guitarist backing Lonnie Shields (Rooster), the Pennsylvania-based MadDog and Blues Night Out and his own Jeff Roberts Band, for over seven years.

Donovan, a renaissance woman by most definitions, was working as an executive for one of the East Coast’s largest music festivals, writing novels, singing with a local blues band (Sweet & Lowdown), and raising her two daughters.

The two decided to join forces, slim down, and play their blues together – acoustically. Since that time, the duo have developed a reprotoire that encompasses the American roots music experience - with songs that range from traditional blues (Willie Dixon’s “Little Baby”) to modern folk (Les Sampou’s “Lorraine”) to jazz-inspired originals (”Wonderin’ About You”).

In early 2008, the duo sat down and began plans to record their first feature CD “Are You Alone.” Within a few short months, they enlisted the help of musical friends like young harp slinger, Mikey Jr. (www.mikeyjunior.com), Craig Kastelnik on piano, Nashville-session staple, Brian Ashley Jones (www.brianashleyjones.com) on guest guitar, and Maria Woodford (www.mariawoodford.com) on mandolin. Combining the unique talents of their guests and their expansive love of roots music, the duo completed a CD that can best be described as true Americana.

The CD was released on July 18, 2008, but had seen critical success even before it’s unveiling. Independent filmmaker Zeke Zelker, was so taken by the songs that he requested three for his upcoming feature film, “In Search Of” (www.insearchoffilm.com). The Donovan Roberts originals – “Are You Alone,” “Wonderin’ About You” and “What You Need From Me” will be included in the film when it appears at a variety of international film festivals this year.

In addition to their recording in 2008, Donovan Roberts were also honored as semi-finalists at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN – where they competed against the blues best solo and duo performers from around the world. Jeff and Lori will be returning to Memphis in 2009 to represent the Lehigh Valley Blues Network for the second year in a row.



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Tom Hyslop

Blues Revue - Jan/Feb 2009
Donovan Roberts give their acoustic blues more life than most such projects, avoiding by-the-numbers traditionalism while maintaining deep blues feeling. Are You Alone (Shelloy Sounds) crackles with energy even on such oft-recorded songs as “Big Road Blues,” displays inventiveness in a country blues arrangement of Percy Mayfield’s “River’s Invitation,” and enriches the canon with Jeff Roberts’ lovely, jazzy “Wonderin’ About You.” Roberts’guitar is augmented by occasional piano, harmonica, and mandolin, and Lori Donovan's smooth, sultry vocals are simply perfect. Bold moves like the bossa nova “What You Need From Me” and a reworking of Tom Petty’s “You Got Lucky” pay off neatly without interrupting the mood.