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Gaelynn Lea | The Songs We Sing Along the Way

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The Songs We Sing Along the Way

by Gaelynn Lea

Just 6 months after winning NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest, Duluth violinist and vocalist released this new 6-track EP, "The Songs We Sing Along the Way". This recording is a blend of Lea's original songs and traditional live-looped fiddle tunes.
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1. Watch the World Unfold
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2. Boys of Bluehill
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3. Someday We'll Linger in the Sun
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4. Tombigbee Waltz
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5. Breathe! You Are Alive
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6. The Parting Glass / Brenda Stubbert's Reel
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Just 6 months after winning NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest and traveling the country with Tiny Desk On The Road, Duluth violinist and vocalist released this 6-track EP, "The Songs We Sing Along the Way". This recording is a blend of Lea's original songs (including a compelling new version the Tiny Desk Contest winning number, "Someday We'll Linger in the Sun"), traditional fiddle tunes, and even her own poetry.

Lea identifies equally as a songwriter and a fiddler, so much like her debut solo album "All the Roads that Lead Us Home" (2015) she constructed this EP to be a winding exploration of both art forms. She once again utilizes a looping pedal to layer the sounds from her violin, developing a meditative sonic landscape that creates a kind of mental journey for the listener.

Unlike Gaelynn's solo album, which was extremely minimalist in its approach (Gaelynn's violin and vocals were the only sounds on the album), this time Gaelynn Lea chose to collaborate with Minneapolis songwriter, guitarist and percussionist Alan Church (BBGUN, Al Church and State). He skillfully added texture and color to each track as they improvised together in The Pearl Recording Studio in the Twin Cities.

This self-produced project was recorded and mixed by Zachary Hollander and mastered by Robert Hadley. Gaelynn Lea hopes this EP will provide her new, wider audience with a sense hope - these are personal tracks that speak to the often-messy human experience - and an appreciation of what the violin can do and has done for hundreds of years.

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