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Sugar & Sand: A Trilogy in Three Moods

by Jayme Kelly Curtis

“Catch this pure-voiced singer now, and it will be like you were lucky enough to see the Dixie Chicks when they were playing street corners.” Brad Kava, San Jose Mercury News
Genre: Blues: Blues Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Past Lives
5:07 $0.99
2. Running Start
3:48 $0.99
3. Sugar & Sand
3:47 $0.99
4. Blues With The Boys
3:53 $0.99
5. The Earthquake (That Was You)
3:30 $0.99
6. When I Was Still A Girl
3:51 $0.99
7. Do The Dishes, Too
2:35 $0.99
8. Into the Night
3:01 $0.99
9. Shore of Wakefulness
4:08 $0.99
10. The Pretty Eye (That Sees Only You)
3:52 $0.99
11. Tall Poppies
5:00 $0.99
12. From A Simple Joy
2:53 $0.99
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Album Notes
Sugar & Sand, is subtitled A Trilogy in Three Moods, and reflects a wide-range of musical interests. It's equal parts sweetness and grit from a soulful singer of rock, blues, folk and jazz.

Jayme Kelly Curtis's songs and powerful voice have won praise from listeners, press and radio stations, as well as worldwide airplay. Sugar & Sand features outstanding performances by such acoustic heavyweights as mandolinist/piper RADIM ZENKL, violinist AUTUMN HANCOCK, drummer/percussion wizard RICK WALKER, rock legend DAVE MENIKETTI, CAROL McCOMB on Dobro, and many others.


The Journey Begins With A Psychedelic Attitude:

1) Past Lives (5:07) This spooky love song branches from acoustic roots to a modern rock groove on the choruses. What is the result of acting on our fantasies?

2) Running Start (3:47) A searing dialogue of mandolin and violin frames themes of emotional loss and recovery, flanked by driving rock drums. A song about finding ourselves after many false starts.

3) Sugar & Sand (3:47) Snippets from George W. Bush, hip hop drums and expressive violin punctuate this anti-war ballad with a rapping portrait of modern media culpability.

Part Two Showcases Jayme's Love Of The Blues:

4) Blues with the Boys (3:53) A flirtatious country blues with National Steel Guitar and Harmonica.

5) The Earthquake (That Was You) (3:30) A classic Chicago-style blues of love gone bad with honky tonk piano and ripping electric guitar by shred master Dave Meniketti .

6) When I Was Still A Girl (3:50) Carol McComb's sweet Dobro® weaves around Jayme's finger picked guitar in this nostalgic, folksy blues.

7) Do The Dishes, Too (2:34) A good-natured poke at the battle of the sexes featuring Walter Bankovitch's stride piano.

Part Three Segues Into Folkloric Jazz Ballads:

8) Into The Night (3:00) Trumpet provides an unusual counterpoint to acoustic guitar in this lyrical ode to the velvet night.

9) Shore of Wakefulness (4:07) Middle Eastern rhythms and multi-layered flugelhorns pay homage to the muse of poetry and music. What is this voice that calls us from our beds?

10) Pretty Eye (3:51) A mystical song of eternal love highlighted by Radim Zenkl's outstanding mandolin, Didgeridoo and low Celtic whistle. Love wholly, but with appropriate boundaries.

11) Tall Poppies (4:58) Self-doubt, jealousy, and the intentions of God are explored with lush piano, violin and soaring harmonies.

12) From A Simple Joy (2:53) A sweet denouement of ukulele, violin and soaring vocals in a song of love found at last.



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Mike Simpson, QuarterNotes, June 2004

Sugar & Sand is a mix that works.
This CD is much more of an album than her debut, In a Rushing Stream. Lovely, well-chosen photos of Jayme in visual mood-pieces that match the triptych form of this album help lead the listener into the firmly defined shape of Sugar & Sand. The choice of violinist Autumn Hancock as a major contributor to the Past Lives section is a major part of the strength of the opening "volume" of the album. Hancock really understands and embodies the reach of Jayme Kelly Curtis' social and spiritual vision. She follows and adorns the sweep of Jayme's voice, at turns sweet and piercing. In part two, solid feminist blues tunes are not unknown, but Curtis' Do the Dishes, Too is great stuff. Simply the sexiest song about housework ever. .In part three Jayme unleashes her considerable voice and songwriting, ably aided by Radim Zenkl on strings and winds, Rick Walker's gently nuanced percussion, Jack Marshall's firm and musical bass work, and splendid trumpet and flugelhorn by George Demarest. ...It is a simple joy to hear, and a remarkably potent visual package – especially from an indy artist – make Sugar & Sand a mix that works.

Frank Gosar , KLCC FM, Eugene, OR

Highly recommended
This one was a gift; pulled Jayme's CD off the Brand New Folk shelves for the start of the show and found this lovely and thoughtful look at today's issues. Highly recommended.

Kevan Breitinger, Indie-Music.com

Just beauteous!
She alchemizes her own stories into songs that are at once bold and dreamy, pristine little gems of great nuance. ...Immediately noticeable is Curtis' excellent voice quality, crisp enough to lacerate, as well as the top-notch quality of the musicianship. ...It's in the third portion of the album [Sugar & Sand], dedicated to "Folkloric Jazz," that Curtis' powers truly shine, and she is altogether captivating when she’s found her groove. Each of the five songs offered in this segment sparkle with excellence. Curtis seems most in her element in this genre, her phrasing intelligent, her potent imagery emotive and on the mark. ...I think Curtis may have gone and created her own genre, and she owns it masterfully. Just beauteous.

Kevin McCarthy, Kevin's Celtic & Folk Music CD Reviews

Strong, clear and passionately expressive!
What stands out most memorably from Jayme Kelly Curtis is her voice — strong, clear and passionately expressive. Different styles on the musical spectrum, intriguing lyrics and the same enchanting voice make this release [Sugar & Sand] a trifecta. Enjoy.

Mike Jurkovic, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

Thrillingly Passionate Vocals, Intelligently Eclectic Mix
Subtitled A Triology in Three Moods, Curtis can call it what she wants. I'm going to call it music worth your listening to, for throughout the twelve songs that create this lush and evocative disc you can hear in her thrillingly passionate vocals and intelligently eclectic mix of musical motifs and instruments that Curtis loves her life and inspires us to do the same. ...There's much to be said about Curtis alone, but the musicians she surrounds herself with deserve equal time. The fiery lyricism of violinist Autumn Hancock boldly informs many of the songs, as does the melodic clarity of mandolinist Radim Zenkl. Pianist Walter Bankovitch strides from the blues to the orchestral, as easily as Curtis moves from Middle Eastern motif to ukulele.

Ricky Z.

It was like butter!
SUGAR AND SAND is a wonderful work! Jayme's voice gave me goosebumps. I needed a shower afterwards.