Elizabeth LaPrelle | Lizard In The Spring

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Lizard In The Spring

by Elizabeth LaPrelle

Old songs and ballads from Appalachia
Genre: Folk: Appalachian Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Awake, Awake
2:42 $0.99
2. East Virginia
3:03 $0.99
3. Sail Away Ladies
2:49 $0.99
4. Texas Rangers
3:05 $0.99
5. Peg & Awl
3:08 $0.99
6. Moonshiner
2:08 $0.99
7. Liza Up A 'Simmon Tree
2:35 $0.99
8. Blind Bartemus
3:04 $0.99
9. Casey Jones
3:33 $0.99
10. Three Little Babes
3:47 $0.99
11. Payday at Coal Creek
3:07 $0.99
12. Handsome Molly
2:28 $0.99
13. Hangman
2:38 $0.99
14. Beware Young Ladies
2:21 $0.99
15. Little Darling Pal of Mine
2:36 $0.99
16. Pretty Saro
6:03 $0.99
17. Sweet Roseanne
3:09 $0.99
18. Mole in the Ground
3:17 $0.99
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Album Notes
“Elizabeth attends to these time-honored ballads with a level of comfort and conviction rarely found these days, let alone by someone of such a young age. There is a real kind of chilling effect of her singing—a sense that while she may not have ‘lived’ it, she certainly feels it. Elizabeth...is more than simply an 'interpreter' of this genre. One gets the feeling...that she is accessing those aspect of these songs that transcend place and historical time, and speak directly to the heart.”

-John Lohman



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Dan Schatz

A wonderful collection of old-time songs from a talented singer
Many of us who care about traditional music have been delighted to discover in Elizabeth LaPrelle an exciting new voice. When folk songs are collected, recorded and released to wider audiences, they often become musically sanitized - cleaned up of the stylings that make a region's music unique. Elizabeth embraces the Appalachian singing traditions and makes them her own. Whether she is singing an unaccompanied ballad (and few performers can sing as beautifully and mournfully) or leading a string band, the soul of the mountains shines through her work. This does not mean, though, that Elizabeth's performances are reproductions or museum pieces - far from it. It is Elizabeth's special talent to bring an old and disappearing music new energy and vigor.

Elizabeth's new CD, Lizard in the Spring, bursts with this musical energy. The accompaniment - when it is there - is simple, straightforward banjo, guitar, or fiddle. The songs show all of the quality and respect for old time music as those on her first album, but perhaps a little more diversity. The gospel song "Blind Bartemus" and aptly named "Sweet Roseanne" demonstrate Elizabeth's versatility as well as her skill. And if all of that talent isn't enough, Elizabeth has impeccable taste. With this collection as the last one, I keep hearing songs I want to learn.

Elizabeth's first album, Rain and Snow, is one of my favorite CDs. I expect Lizard in the Spring will join it as one of those frequently in the CD player.

Upton A. Savoie

I'm delighted that Elizabeth LaPrelle has put out a second CD, and it is as good as the first--which is high praise indeed. Some of the tunes expand her repertoire while still fitting her voice and style: see (or listen to) Sail Away Ladies, Liza up a Simmon Tree, Sweet Roseanne (this one is a waltz that nearly becomes a calypso). She does a version of Pretty Saro different from the one on her first album. The accompaniment is sparse and appropriate (by her family members). Buy this CD together with "Rain and Snow".

Beverly Donnenfeld

Lizard in Spring
i listen to music when i paint and laprelle's
singing thrills me to my core because of its
depths. i should dedicate my next show to her.

Tishia A. Tedder

Mezmorising from the Start!
I first heard Elizabeth about 4 years ago at a Folk Music festival near Mountain City, TN. From then, I knew that she was going to be fantastic. Even at her young age, she blew away the audience and brought tears to the eyes of the young and old. With her newest album, she continues this tradition and sets a new standard for folk artists everywhere to live up to. I have never been disappointed by her work.


I heard "Sail Away Ladies" on a British folk radio show and I was blown away. It's send-shivers-up-your-spine good, if you like folk music and/or singers who really care about what they're singing.


Lizard in the Spring
Heard Elizabeth in concert and then bought the cd. The transition was almost indistinguishable. Pure and clean, just like her voice, great cd.

Wendy Cutler

There are lots of tunes on this CD that I like, but I bought it as soon as I heard Sweet Roseanne, and since the CD arrived last week, I've listed to that tune at least 125 times and it still leaves me awestruck.