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Moon Country

by Esther Haynes

A blend of Hoagy Carmichael, moon tunes, and southern tunes in a variety of styles such as jazz standard, country blues, vaudeville, western swing, and bossa.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Old Devil Moon
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2. Moon Country
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3. Moon and Sand
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4. Dixie Lullaby
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5. Me and the Man in the Moon
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6. Memphis in June
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7. Treat You Right Blues
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8. Skylark
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9. Peach Pickin' Time in Georgia
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10. Sugar Moon
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11. In the Evenin' (When the Sun Goes Down)
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12. Tennessee Waltz
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13. Rockin' Chair
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14. My Window Faces the South
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15. Georgia On My Mind
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This album was conceived as a tribute to my dad, who came from Montgomery County, Tennessee, and hopefully will inspire others to think about their family roots. It encompasses various vocal styles, including four Hoagy Carmichael standards, an Alec Wilder bossa, two swing tunes, a country blues, a vaudeville tune, and one original. It is kind of relaxing, hence the title "Moon Country", (named after one of the Hoagy tunes), and is meant to evoke an imaginary place harkening to days gone by.

All tracks include Keith Grimes on guitar and slide guitar; Mac Cridlin on bass; and Pete Ragusa on drums (most tracks), and Esther on rhythm guitar (most tracks). Additional solos are by the talented Washington, DC-area musicians John Hurd on keyboard; Pete Chauvette, vibes; Buddy Griffin, pedal steel; Helen Hausmann, violin; Merl Johnson on mandolin; and Bob Spates on violin.

Studio production is by Richard Seidel; Mastering by Bill Wolf; Cover photo by Chip Py; Cover art by Dick Bangham.

Esther was recently accepted as voting member of NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences). Esther received a WAMMIE (Washington Area Music Award) for Jazz Vocals in April of 2016.

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Sharon Burtner

Fantastic!
Esther Haynes' voice, at once innocent and sensual, conveys the complexity of her soul with seamless modulation.
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Michael Magee

Can't stop listening!
There is something about these songs and Esther's voice that really speak to me. I just can't stop listening.
What a fantastic album.
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Jim Bunch

Song Painting of lazy summer nights under a blue moon.
We have waited a long time for a new CD release from Esther and this CD shows that she still is producing great music! In this CD she moves away from Hokum Jazz more into the American songbook picking songs that paint pictures in sound of lazy southern evenings, moon light, breezes. and times gone by. Perfect for listening too in front of the fire on a quiet night. Every song is well crafted and put together like a poem. You appreciate each more as you listen to them over and over and the nuances become more apparent. All but one come from the American songbook or are old tunes that Esther has brought once again to the surface. Treat You Right Blues is the one that Esther wrote and it fits right in. I continue to enjoy it and discover more with every listening.
Jim Bunch
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Evan Hadley

Welecome to her world...
Esther Haynes has created an idyllic musical world with her inspired selection of these songs of the moon and the South, Her singing, so serene and yet so full of feeling, gives them a unique glow that evokes the Paradises that their lyrics long for.
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William Rice

A Beautiful Collection
Haynes revives some classic standards (and introduces several tunes that should be) in a clear, warm, crisp voice that captures every nuance of every song. Highly recommended.
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Sean Burdick, Esq.

"Your music has unexpectedly captured my imagination"
The reason I waited three weeks to write you is that I wanted to take the time to really listen to your CD. And I mean really listen. I would estimate that I’ve played it about 20 times, and have played my favorite tunes many more times than that. Your music has, unexpectedly, captured my imagination...The Tuesday after we met, I happened to be traveling across Idaho on Highway 20, just south of the Sawtooth mountain range. It was the perfect occasion to indulge in your music. It was a four-hour drive that took me across a vast expanse of country known as Craters of the Moon. An amusing coincidence. The short of it is, I’m amazed at the quality of your recordings, and especially with the selection of music. You cleverly captured moods of the moon and the South, themes worthy of anthologizing, as your liner notes suggest. Many albums try, but so few succeed, in achieving any sort of a theme. One rarely finds such quality and exceptional work in self-produced CDs...My very favorite, if I had to choose, is “Skylark”. The Carmichael/Mercer combination is genius on genius, complimented further by your delightful and irresistible voice. “Georgia On My Mind” is a close second – and honestly, my favorite cover of that tune....Your backup musicians are solid. I love your phrasing in “Sugar Moon”.... I hope to catch your act again next time I’m in the area. You’ve skyrocketed to the top of my personal play list....
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