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Leaving Kansas

by Holly Long

Soulful, edgy, Americana story-telling with a rootsy, funky twist
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Brokedown
3:07 album only
2. Simply
4:26 album only
3. Trust Me
3:16 album only
4. Homeward Bound
4:24 album only
5. Excess
3:09 album only
6. Cindy
3:49 album only
7. Pain and Glory
4:54 album only
8. Bones
5:33 album only
9. He And I
4:47 album only
10. Too Much Mountain
2:37 album only
11. Sunday Redemption
4:25 album only
12. Softer Now
4:07 album only
13. Leaving Kansas
5:23 album only
14. Stray Dog (BONUS TRACK)
3:24 album only


Album Notes
Leaving Kansas Reviews:

"A little classic that was found in the depths of
mediocre music here at MAVERICK, with country
influences and neo-soul vocals, the result is
absolutely astounding."
- Laura Bethell, MAVERICK April 2008

"Artists like Holly Long are a rare breed."
- Mark Maxwell Abushady, CREATIONS MAGAZINE April 2008

"Highly recommended."
- Bill Whiting, HONEST TUNE March 2008

"I get the distinct impression that Long doesn't sound as soulful and bravely gospel as she does because that's the trend right now. No, she comes by this deeply moving
sound naturally, making Leaving Kansas a fine, fine listen away from the cookie cutter."
- Michael Jurkovic, FOLK & ACOUSTIC EXCHANGE March 2008

"Blessed with a warm and listenable voice and abounding songwriting chops, Long has
all the tools."
- Mike Burr, PREFIX MAGAZINE March 2008

"...once you hear the album, there's no way you won't be talking about it with every music lover you know."
- Richie Freeman, PENSEYEVIEW April 2008

"Holly Long's Leaving Kansas is a treasure trove of beautiful sparkling jewels that will take your breath away. Her songs will move you, cause you to reflect, and hopefully
remind you to say a quiet thank you for even the smallest of mercies that come your way."
-Joe Montague, RIVETING RIFFS March 2008

To read Holly's bio or for more info visit www.hollylong.com or previous albums on CDBaby- "Every Little Seam" and "Citygirl"



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Powerful singer-songwriter ala Fiona Apple and Annie Lenox
Long’s third solo album continues the singer-songwriter soul of her first two, mixing the confessional lyrical ideas of Fiona Apple, the soulful tone of Annie Lenox, the power of Linda Ronstadt, and the gospel blues of Aretha Franklin. Long writes of interior matters such as the promise of trust and love and the redemption of a new relationship. The opening track wonders if a friend can break a downward spiral, while “Homeward” realizes that the singer needs outside support to spur her own recovery, reversing the title song’s escape in the process. The funky “Pain and Glory” contemplates both sides of a difficult love, and the fetching country waltz “Excess” finds solace in a temporary liaison from “an excess of no living” and “an excess of no love”; the morning after gets its due on “Sunday Redemption.” Though Long is a pianist, her keys are heard mostly in the background and as the foundation of compositions such as the darkly angelic “Bones” and the emotional blue-jazz ballad “He and I.” The latter sounds a bit like Lyle Lovett’s “Nobody Knows Me, Like My Baby,” and reads beautifully of the emotional bonds between a mother and son. Long’s a powerful, emotional songwriter and singer with an accomplished new CD that should be heard by fans of Fiona Apple, Shawn Colvin, Annie Lenox, Jeff Buckley, Aimee Mann, Janis Ian, Lyle Lovett and other singer/songwriters who’ve broken through to the mainsteream. 4-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings. [©2008 redtunictroll at hotmail dot com]