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Heart & Hammer

by Heart & Hammer

True to the singer-songwriter tradition of combining story and song, this award-winning and original collection features clawhammer banjo, ukulele, superb vocals and exquisite guitar. Try it... it's good for the soul.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Down in the Hole
3:17 $0.99
2. Don't Shoot the Messenger
3:33 $0.99
3. The Island
4:14 $0.99
4. Wide Wyoming Skies
3:54 $0.99
5. Just Like You
4:46 $0.99
6. Pony the Mule
4:13 $0.99
7. Deep, Deep Pool
2:03 $0.99
8. I Am Not a Mother
4:13 $0.99
9. Daddy Bakes Bread
2:59 $0.99
10. Last Call
3:37 $0.99
11. Lucky Ukulele
4:45 $0.99
12. Heart in His Pocket
3:11 $0.99
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Album Notes
Heart & Hammer...

Julianna Waters and Barry Crannell are Heart & Hammer…and we're not youngsters. We're seasoned songwriters who pull the audience into a quirky world with rich lyrics, engaging musicality, honest emotion and ribald humor.

We perform throughout the Pacific Northwest in venues such as The Portland Summer Concert Series, Artichoke Music, Portland Folklore Society, The Leavenworth Coffee House, City of Lake Oswego Concerts and the Ridgefield Liberty Theater. We are house concert favorites from Seattle, Washington to the San Francisco Bay Area.

We're winners and finalists of the Kerrville New Song Contest, Wildflower Songwriting Contest, The Great American Song Contest, The Mountain Stage New Song Contest, and Mike Pinder's International Song Contest. We were featured lyricists in American Songwriter Magazine, winners of a Regional Arts and Culture Council Grant and featured on the Oregon Literary Review.

Heart & Hammer Rules of Engagement: Size doesn't matter. We play for anyone and promise a great performance; Tuned instruments required, in particular, the banjo; Audience equates to family; If you laugh, we've done our job; If you cry, we've done our job; If you're offended, Barry wrote it; We are approachable, responsible, flexible and on time; Minstrels should never take themselves too seriously; Broken string? Keep playing; Power outage? Play louder.



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Greg C. Brown

Long time coming, worth the wait
Julianna Waters and Barry Crannell, known duetically (is that a word?) as Heart and Hammer, have delivered a CD full of sweet treats for the ear. Their second offering, coming 11 years after 2003's Time Flies, finds the duo in fine musical form, continuing in the same modern folk, singer-songwriter tradition found on their debut. Unlike Time Flies, the new self-titled project features healthy doses of banjo and ukulele. These instruments do not dominate or overpower the music, but rather provide a warmth and richness that aid in bringing the melodies and lyrics to life.

Julianna, who wrote and sings the bulk of the material here, delivers a velvety vocal sound reminiscent of Shawn Colvin and even hints of Joni Mitchell, which is not bad company to be grouped with. Her turn on such tunes as DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER, DEEP DEEP POOL and HEART IN HIS POCKET keeps me coming back again and again.

Barry, who is no slouch as a singer and songwriter either, turns in two vocal performances, adding to the wonderful variety of the CD’s over all sound. His understated yet earnest vocals on JUST LIKE YOU and LAST CALL only makes one wish he had sung more.

The duo were smart enough to surround themselves with an array of talented musicians who aided and abetted in making this musical adventure the treasure that it is. Too numerous to mention here, they know who they are and you will too once you give this a spin. Disappointed you will not be.