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White Swan

by Susie Glaze & the Hilonesome Band

This is the best in lush newgrass Americana folks roots fusion, gorgeous eclectic blends of mountain folk and exciting new bluegrass and Celtic-inspired originals, all with the remarkable voice of Susie Glaze.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mill Worker
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2. Little Rabbit
2:53 $0.99
3. Evangeline
4:01 $0.99
4. Me and the Eagle
3:49 $0.99
5. Fair Ellender
5:44 $0.99
6. Harlan County Boys
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7. Rockin' in Your Grand Daddy's Chair
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8. April Fools
4:04 $0.99
9. The Dark Eileen
4:54 $0.99
10. White Swan
5:21 $0.99
11. The Soldier
2:18 $0.99
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Album Notes
“White Swan,” Susie Glaze’s fourth release, is truly her most eclectic and collaborative album in over ten years of her critically-acclaimed career as a bluegrass/folk recording artist. With this CD her Hilonesome Band has veered into the realms of new Celtic-inspired folk songs that harken back to the ballad form from the pen of lead guitarist Rob Carlson, as well as re-interpreted classic cover songs from such diverse sources as James Taylor, Steve Earle and Jean Ritchie. Also featured are two songs from Los Angeles singer-songwriter and Kerrville New Folk Winner Ernest Troost. Arrangements and new interpretations of songs you think you knew are here for re-discovery from this gifted acoustic quintet in a lush and orchestral folk setting.

The eclectic range takes the listener from bluegrass (“Little Rabbit”) to pensive country (“Evangeline”) to Bossa Nova (“April Fools”) to Celtic-inspired torch song (“Dark Eileen”). The album begins with a newly-interpreted “Mill Worker,” James Taylor’s classic, introduced by Mark Indictor’s beautiful fiddle on the traditional “Si Bheag, Si Mhor.” Indictor’s fiddle is featured again on Carlson’s new take on the old “Polly Vonn” story, this time as the title track “White Swan.” Jean Ritchie’s little-known but powerful “The Soldier” sends a message about the costs of war on the soul.

The innovation of this formerly-bluegrass band is taking them to a distinctly folk-driven American music that contains the sounds that came to America with the first immigrants: Appalachia, old-English balladry, Irish barn-burner fiddle music (the outro of “White Swan” was penned in the studio) and tender stories of family and legacy (“Harlan County Boy”).

One great bonus is the inclusion of a previously-recorded live onstage sound track of the classic Childe ballad “Fair Ellender,” arranged by Jean Ritchie, with Susie accompanied by Ritchie sons Peter and Jon Pickow and famed East coast fiddler, Kenny Kosek.

Susie states about this album: “This is the most truly collaborative work I’ve ever released. The fine players of the Hilonesome Band and I have created these tracks together and on this album you hear their voices alongside my own. We’ve come a long way from the early years of our band’s inception. We reached for the sounds of bluegrass because it was the music we loved ~ we were drawn to the stories, the romance, the warnings, the humor and the tragedies. Now we have found our sound branching out with a natural evolution ~ it came with exploring the older stories and longing for more complex music. Rob has been inspired to capture the darkness and mysteriously tragic elements of balladry from Ireland, England and Scotland. With the integration of real historical elements along with new and deeper complexity in music, our sound has made a most interestingly subtle shift: we’ve cast a wider net to discover a sound unlike anything we’ve done before. What is here is a true melting pot of influences that move us, from bluegrass to country to Celtic to Appalachia, and we’ve found our true home in this, our new, unique sound.”

Susie Glaze & the Hilonesome Band have appeared at the Hollywood Bowl, The Broad Stage, CalTech Folk Society, The Freight & Salvage Coffee House, WFMT'S "Folkstage " with Rich Warren, Grass Valley Bluegrass Festival, San Francisco Bluegrass & Old Time Festival, Don Quixote's International Music Hall, FolkScene with Howard and Roz Larman, McCabe’s Guitar Shop, Skirball Cultural Center and California Traditional Music Society among many others.


“A bluegrass crew that could easily stand toe to toe with Union Station, this crew has elected to widen the lens and take newgrass into the wide open mixing in Celtic, folk, roots, Americana and a full range of indigenous sounds that blend into a wonderful down home, home grown stew. Boldly powering their way down their own new cut road, if you haven't had the chance to enjoy the Glaze sound yet, this is the place to jump in to be totally blown away. This is the perfect record for anyone that's ever wondered what the big deal about roots/Americana is to find out what‘s what.” Chris Spector, Midwest Record

“I’ve said it before, ‘new is easy different is hard’ – many artists achieve the former, some the latter, few manage both. Well here’s one that falls into the ‘achieved both’ category. Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band have with ‘White Swan’ blended unadulterated Americana folk from a mix of influences – poetic narrative, a soupcon of bluegrass, a touch of mountain-muse and pure invention to create a folk-fusion of that’s both steeped in tradition and fresh as the sunrise…‘White Swan’ blends the inspiration of tradition with the charisma of contemporary - and does it faultlessly.” Tim Carroll, FolkWords ( – UK)


Susie Glaze: Acoustic guitars and mountain dulcimer
Steve Rankin: Mandolin, bouzouki, acoustic guitar
Rob Carlson: Acoustic lead guitar and resonator guitar
Mark Indictor: Fiddle
Fred Sanders: Bass

All song arrangements by Susie Glaze and The Hilonesome Band, except “Fair Ellender” originally appearing on “Singin’ the Moon Up: The Voice of Jean Ritchie,” with Jon Pickow, mountain dulcimer, Peter Pickow, hammer dulcimer, and Kenny Kosek, fiddle.

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Rick Cunha at the Rainbow Garage, Los Angeles
Photography by Cam Sanders Photography
Art Direction by Anita Atencio
Cover: “Swan, Rush & Iris” by Walter Krane (Victoria & Albert Museum, London)
Produced by Susie Glaze & Steve Rankin
Find this and additional recordings online at iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby
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