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Hello Stranger

by Eliza Meyer

Eliza Meyer's music draws strongly and naturally from old time, straightforward country, and gospel music, all of which are sung purely and with authenticity.
Genre: Country: Old-Timey
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hello Stranger
3:16 $0.99
2. Darlin' Corey
4:06 $0.99
3. Workin' Girl Blues
3:16 $0.99
4. When I Stop Dreaming
3:22 $0.99
5. Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
3:20 $0.99
6. Our Town
3:37 $0.99
7. Send Me the Pillow That You Dream On
3:42 $0.99
8. The Cuckoo
4:32 $0.99
9. Aragon Mill
3:21 $0.99
10. When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again
4:34 $0.99
11. Hills of Home
4:02 $0.99
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Album Notes
Born after the turn of the century in Raleigh, Eliza has played violin since age 6, worked on old-time fiddle and singing since 8, and added banjo at 13. Her place of birth, talent, and outgoing ways meant that great Tar Heel musicians not only influenced her, but have become her musical partners.

That's evident on this, the first release to showcase her clear, compelling singing and skill on several old-time instruments. The skilled accompanying cast includes the great songwriter and singer Alice Gerrard; the enduring, eclectic DC-based duo of Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer; former Ralph Stanley fiddler (and Eliza's instructor), Dewey Brown; renowned old-time vocalist Kay Justin, the talented Virginia singer and multi-instrumentalist Sam Gleaves; as well as her contemporary, close friend, and sometimes picking partner Liam Purcell.

"As a musician, I have the unique responsibility to represent myself, and the songs I perform as accurately and as artistically as I can, "Eliza says. The resulting music draws strongly and naturally from old-time, straightforward country, and gospel music, all of which Eliza sings purely and authentically. A version of Iris Dement's "Our Town" shows her skill at delivering new material.

Now, as a teenager, as Eliza remarks from time to time, she doesn't possess the hard-core background evoked so ably by her role model Hazel Dickens on "Working Girl Blues." But that's all right. Singers, like actors, don't have to live out the straitened circumstances of hard-time songs, as long as they express the piece's emotional center.

And that's what Eliza Meyer accomplishes on this remarkable first album - singing right from the heart as she crisply presents the music she's devoted her young life to learning.

Thomas Goldsmith, Raleigh, North Carolina



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