Jody Blackwell | Wilderness

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by Jody Blackwell

Grooving, danceable jazz-folk with strong blues and R&B influences. Soulful vocals with echoes of Laura Nyro, Carol King and Joni Mitchell.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Speed
3:38 album only
2. Waiting
3:57 album only
3. Molten
4:49 album only
4. Wilderness
5:12 album only
5. Fall to Me
3:24 album only
6. No Stone
3:47 album only
7. All Around
4:51 album only
8. Speechless
3:45 album only
9. Gone
5:15 album only
10. Rise Above
4:27 album only
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Album Notes
Wilderness is a blues/R&B inspired musical safari through a mysterious landscape of familiar things: people, lovers, friends, cityscapes. No wild animals here--the only tracks you'll find have a grooving retro vibe of tube amplifiers, Wurlitzer organ, soulful harmonies and a driving rhythm section. From the pulsing, traveling backbeat of the opening track Speed, past the glowing sunset shadows of Molten, on to the jungle grooves of Wilderness and Gone, this collection of danceable tracks turns all ordinary things on end, shaking out the secrets hidden deep down where the light doesn't reach.

Album Credits: Jody Blackwell, vocals, acoustic & electric guitars; Mike Mele, lead guitars; Joe McMahon, bass, piano, Wurlitzer (8), vocals; Steve Chaggaris, drums; Ken Clark, Hammond B-3, Wurlitzer (2,4,6, 9); Steve Smith, percussion; Erinn Brown, backing vocals
Produced by: Jody Blackwell & Brian Charles; Engineered by: Brian Charles, Zippah Recording, Brighton, MA; Assistant engineer: Annie Hoffman; Mixed by: Brian Charles; Mastered by: Jonathan Wyner, M-Works, Cambridge, MA

Reviews for Wilderness:

"I have all of Jody Blackwell's albums. When a new one arrives – this time it's Wilderness – I feel like an old friend has dropped by with a batch of delicious new stories, and I never want the hang to end.

Listening to her music is like finding myself in a corner of my record collection that I haven't visited in ages, full of familiar sensual pleasures and half-forgotten, delightful eccentricities. She conjures musical elements that we first heard in the 1970's, but with a freshness and personal vision that makes this music anything but retro. I could give you a list of artists that come to my mind, but I will leave it to each listener to write their own.

Jody's music soars. She sings in relaxed voice with just enough quiver and twang at just the right times, and rides her band's gold-plated grooves effortlessly even when the melodies and chords take the unexpected turns that bring me back over and over. She is a graceful, unassuming eagle.

There is really no compliment high enough for the quality of the musicians who play on Wilderness. They are among the most esteemed musicians on the scene in Boston, all veterans with worlds of experience and nary a jaded bone in their bodies. They make a beautiful ensemble. Go buy this record!" Russ Gershon, Accurate Records | Boston, MA

Jody's Bio:
Born and raised in the South Carolina Appalachians, Jody Blackwell grew up in a house filled with many musical genres, from her brother's R& B vinyl 45's and the family's Joni Mitchell albums, to the Appalachian hymns that her dad, a religion professor, would play on the piano at night. Jody picked up guitar in high school, a pastime which grew into a calling during her college years at Brown where, a Latin major by day, she formed her first band and honed her richly layered open-tuning, jazz-inflected style of songwriting in East Providence bars at night.
Having put down roots in Boston after college, she began playing in the subways and coffeehouses around Cambridge, MA, including the venerable Club Passim, and recorded her first solo acoustic CD Volcano in 1996, the first of four records she has independently released since moving to the Boston area. Jody claims both the north and southeast U.S. as home in her songwriting, invoking with equal intimacy the sunlit rapids of a beloved creek in rural South Carolina, or the story of a refugee newly arrived at the Boston agency where she worked as teacher.
Her fifth and latest album, Wilderness, is an R&B-inspired collection of tunes exploring the tangled and mysterious jungle of human connections in a city. Backed by some of Boston's best jazz and R&B players, and infused with the retro warmth of tube amplifiers, hammond B3 organ, and soulful harmonies, Wilderness weaves together folk, pop, jazz, and R&B into a groove-oriented, danceable blend of American roots music.



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