Jenee Halstead | The River Grace

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The River Grace

by Jenee Halstead

Americana for the 21st century. Crossing the bridge between old-timey, country, folk and pop. Atmospheric, edgy, and beautiful.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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1. Before I Go
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2. Deep Dark Sea
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3. The River Grace
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4. Nick Drake
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5. The Darkest Day
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6. Drunkard's Lullaby
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7. Dusty Rose
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8. Reach Up
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9. Skipping Stones
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10. St. Peter
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Jenee Halstead arrives with an alto voice that sways gently back and forth between the realms of frailty and strength - part Emmylou Harris, part June Carter, part Patty Griffin. Halstead grew up in the Inland Empire mining country of the West, a singing tomboy with a restless heart. Escaping a collapsed love affair, she left the high desert quiet for the fertile folk environs of Cambridge, Massachusetts quickly taking root at Harvard Square’s Legendary Club Passim. Backed by her nuanced, small-bodied guitar, Halstead draws from the haunting melodies of the Depression Era, patiently distilling folk, bluegrass, and electro to create music that Matt Smith, Club Passim’s longtime manager, describes as “fresh and new, yet familiar and timeless".

With The River Grace, Jenee Halstead puts forth a collection of songs effortlessly suited to her voice, mixing dobro, mandolin, and upright bass with vintage Casio keyboards and subtle electronic beats. From the joyous declarations of “Before I Go” to the tragic balladry of “Darkest Day,” The River Grace’s sound is rooted in the past yet beckons the progression of Americana. Recorded in a small cottage studio, and produced by Evan Brubaker, Halstead is joined by keyboard wizard Steve Moore (Bright Eyes, Laura Veirs, Mount Analog), dobroist Mike Grigoni (Anais Mitchell), mandolinist Zak Borden (Willy Mason), and bassist Matthew Weiner (Asylum Street Spankers). The River Grace also features background vocals by a host of her most esteemed peers including Rose Polenzani, Holly O’Reilly, and Monique Lanier.

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Ray

Spellbinding...
A well crafted album graced with Jenee’s honest voice and intricate guitar work.
The subtle accompaniments beckon the melancholy of the past.
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Rebekka

Spellbinding
I LOVE love LOVE Jenee, her stories and this album, what an excellent debut!
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french

The River
An exceptional effort. Halstead sings like an angel. The songs are well composed and the band's backing is tight and very well executed. Well worth every penny.
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Brendan

Damn
Girlfriend can sing. For reals.
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Tom

Just Awesome
I haven't heard a debut album so nicely put together in a long time. Dreamy lyrics, sweet melodies and an excellent band. Americana at its best with lots of great instrumentation and lyrical imagination. I'm looking forward to great things from this girl.
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Bob Kosturko

All Killer, No Filler
Stunning debut CD! Beautifully written, sung, and produced. Every track's a keeper, but the real standouts are; Before I Go, The River Grace, Dusty Rose, Reach Up, and The Darkest Day, whose lyrics conjure up images from Terrence Malick's "Badlands".
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