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Three Bridges

by Jamie Anderson

Folk singer-songwriter-parking lot attendant
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Three Bridges
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2. Drive All Night
2:46 $0.99
3. Beautiful
3:32 $0.99
4. One Out of Three
5:20 $0.99
5. My Dad Loves to Sing
3:05 $0.99
6. Too Busy Being Blue
2:43 $0.99
7. I Wanna Be a Straight Guy
2:42 $0.99
8. Grace
3:34 $0.99
9. Dark Chocolate
4:44 $0.99
10. Mama Come Quick
2:51 $0.99
11. When Cats Take Over the World
3:37 $0.99
12. Loretta and Bernadine
6:07 $0.99
13. I Don't Know About the Night
4:29 $0.99
14. Her Problem Now
4:17 $0.99
15. Menstrual Tango
3:38 $0.99
16. A Family of Friends
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Album Notes
Touring since the eighties, singer-songwriter-parking lot attendant Jamie Anderson has played her warm and witty songs in hundreds of coffeehouses, concert halls, colleges and festivals in four countries and thirty seven states. She has eight albums including her newest, Three Bridges. Her music has been featured on Good Morning America, the Dr. Demento radio show, NPR's Car Talk, and stations all over the world. Jamie loves being a musician, so she doesn't really park cars, but her mama said she should have something to fall back on.

Jamie's a confused folk singer who dabbles in several genres - witness the fun bluegrass romp of "Felon," the bluesy "Her Problem Now," and "Drive All Night," an almost-country number. "Beautiful" is a tender ballad about body image, and "My Dad Loves to Sing," about the musician father who is her greatest inspiration. “Three Bridges” is a thoughtful tune about finding strength while “Grace” is a story about two girls falling in love at church camp. Hallelujah.

Three Bridges, released in 2007, includes two new songs plus her most requested tunes from over twenty years of touring. It features talented musicians Jim Henry (Mary Chapin Carpenter, Burns Sisters), Kevin Barry (Paula Cole), Lisa Koch, Kiya Heartwood (Wishing Chair), Kara Barnard, Richard Gates (Patty Larkin) and many more. From the folky title cut to the sultry “Dark Chocolate” to the definitely-not-a-love-song blues number “Too Busy Being Blue,” there’s a wide range here.

Jamie's dad was a country musician - a pretty painful thing for a teenager who would rather listen to Carole King and Carly Simon - but it did mean there were always guitars lying around the house. She taught herself to play while in high school and for the next few years played local coffeehouses, bars and at weddings. After the hundredth request for "Wedding Song," she decided to write her own songs. Jamie did her first national tour in 1987 because she needed to earn gas money to get to a music festival. She's been collecting tiny motel soaps ever since.

When Jamie isn't touring, she's taught songwriting, guitar and other classes at Duke University, arts centers, privately and at festivals all over the country. She has a chapter in Songwriting and the Guitar, a book that also includes Paul Simon, The Indigo Girls, Joni Mitchell and others. Jamie is a freelance writer whose articles and CD reviews have appeared in Acoustic Guitar, SingOut! and more.

Laughter is a big part of Jamie's live performance. Her offbeat song intros and stories help keep the performance fun but don't be surprised when she delves into more serious issues. She's emceed at many events and twirls the baton badly, sometimes at the same time. She's also a bellydancer and former radio DJ, never at the same time.

Anderson's awards include the Jane Schliessman Award for Outstanding Contributions to Women's Music (Women in the Arts, 2006), Honorary Lifetime Member (Indiegrrl 2006), Best Folk Album (The Independent, A Promise of Light, 2005), Honorable Mention (Great American Song Contest, "Beautiful," 2005), South Florida Folk Festival Finalist (2000 and 2003), Outmusician of the Year (2002), and others that only her mama cares about.

Jamie's expressive voice and personable stage manner are an asset to any stage. She loves to perform but you really don’t want to hand her keys to your Volvo unless payment includes chocolate.



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Martha Young

"Three Bridges" Lead to Brilliance
Okay, so, apparently, I've been living under a rock for the past twenty years and only recently discovered Jamie Anderson. Suffice it to say, I'm now a lifelong fan!

Jamie is that rare musical artist that comes along only every so often who should carry the following disclaimer: "guaranteed to entertain." Armed with a keen sense of humor, astuteness, honesty and warmth, Jamie's latest 16-track compilation represents a variety of styles sure to tantalize every taste...poignant verse, humor and candor delivered with a voice that exudes the silky sweetness of her admitted passion for chocolate.

"Three Bridges" carries listeners across a wide chasm of emotions--from the tear-tugging "Beautiful," a touching, yet haunting song about body image, to the playfulness of "When Cats Take Over the World" (self-explanatory!) to the 'sure-can-relate-to-those' feelings following the loss of a relationship in "Too Busy Being Blue."

In just under four-and-a-half minutes, Jamie uncovers a lifetime journey from self-discovery to celebration with "I Don't Know About the Night," a ballad that has captured bragging rights as the "most frequently played" song on this reviewer's iPod.

And, in the toe-tapping "Menstrual Tango," Jamie paints a HUGELY HUMOROUS picture of the monthly trials and tribulations of, well, being a woman. I dare you to listen and NOT laugh so hard your feminine-hygiene product falls out! (We can only hope there's a "Menopause Mambo" in Jamie's future repertoire!);-)

"Three Bridges" is the consummate collection of Jamie's two decades of songwriting and performance. Her musical mastery shines through in a unique ability to bring together diverse audiences with universal stories of life, all while covering a broad spectrum of both serious and light-hearted themes. Through it all, Jamie spreads a rainbow of musical style that is certain to please and leave you begging for more!

Debra Thompson

I am new to your music and you rock
keep on keeping on
Love it

Donna Jinks

Three bridges
I first heard Jamie at the Broad St. Cafe a few weeks ago while celebrating a friend's birthday (we had chocolate cake....yummmmm!) I love her voice, lyrics and sense of humor. My friends ushered me out of the cafe (I think a couple of them lead secret lives as australian shepherds....they seem to move me to wherever they want me to be at will) so I didn't have a chance to purchase it at the cafe. I came home, found CDBaby and ordered it. No sheep herders at my house! I love it! She performed a number of the songs at the Cafe but some I hadn't heard. Jamie, keep on playing, singing and laughing!



Excellent retrospective collection
This retrospective album is an excellent collection that really captures Jamie's songwriting prowess. With ease and grace, Jamie masterfully flows from a poignant lament about the dangers of cosmetic surgery ("Beautiful") to the anger of love gone bad ("Too Busy Being Blue") to the sultry sensuality of "Dark Chocolate" to the silly alternate universe in "When Cats Take Over the World". Her voice is clear, dynamic and powerful, her music is masterfully performed, and her lyrics cover a broad variety of topics that will engage even the shortest of attention spans.

Kathy Colletti

love it
I saw her live..now I am hooked ! great CD


3 bridges
Funny and a great singer! What more could you want.