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Bitter Blue

by Karli Fairbanks

Bitter Blue is a melodic folk album with country rhythms and instrumentation. The songs are mostly downtempo and lend themselves easily to softly rested shut eyelids. The melodies and harmonies sweep you in and out of a calm ocean.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Take Me Home
4:06 $0.99
2. Canyons
3:57 $0.99
3. Tie Me Up
3:19 $0.99
4. The Same Book
3:36 $0.99
5. If Anybody Knew
3:03 $0.99
6. 4th of May
3:40 $0.99
7. Bitter Blue
4:26 $0.99
8. I Could Arrange You
3:28 $0.99
9. Beautiful Scenery
4:51 $0.99
10. Whiskey Flowers
3:07 $0.99
11. Golden Shore
6:16 $0.99
12. Ten Dollar Show
4:43 $0.99
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Album Notes
\"On Bitter Blue, Fairbanks is nearly perfect, and in turn produces one of Spokane\'s most promising albums in quite some time.\"
-Out There Monthly

\"With the exception of her brother Zac Fairbanks playing guitar and drums on \"Whiskey Flowers,\" Caroline Fowler lending haunting, childlike backing vocals to \"Tie Me Up,\" and Scott Ellis\' steel guitar adorning three tracks, In a Bitter Blue is Fairbanks\' alone. With songs dating to mid-2006, Fairbanks has been patiently, painstakingly writing, composing and recording. Though it certainly would have been easier to employ any number of friends from the Empyrean cabal to help the process along, schedule conflicts and spare funds pushed her to do most of the work herself (enlisting the help of Brian Bogue to record the title track). In hindsight, she\'s glad she did so much herself. \"The songwriting process is lonely. You do everything by yourself,\" she says. \"So to record an album of songs you\'ve written alone is more meaningful.\"
-Luke Baumgarten (Inlander)

\"What struck me immediately was the voice, which was very emotional, ethereal, and while there is a slight delicate, angelic side to her voice, the lyrics offer a different perspective of things. As she sings in \"Canyons\", No my heart, it isn\'t hard/I do feel and I starve/I\'ll save my tears for something else/I\'ll cry some more until it helps. It\'s an open book that\'s too irresistible to close, and fortunately she allows listeners to peer in.\"
-John Book - therunoffgroove.blogspot.com

\"...I found Karli’s music on myspace, and when I first heard her my reaction was complete shock. From her pictures she looks like a little sprite of a thing, but I can assure you that girlfren’ has some pipes, people. Such an incredibly evocative, soul-stirring voice, which she accompanies beautifully with a delicately strummed banjo or guitar. If there’s anything better in this life than a pretty woman playing a banjo I haven’t heard it, unless perhaps it’s a pretty woman playing an accordion. And hey! She plays accordion too. Is there anything she can’t do? Just achingly gorgeous.\"
-Campfires and Battlefields - http://songbytoad.com/2008/06/07/karli-fairbanks-bitter-blue/



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Laurel Quinones

Truly a beautiful album!

Carmen E Richards

Bitter Blue
The more I listen, the more it moves me to hope and tears. With ethereal vocals of flawless perfection and control, Karli proves she has the discipline of a masterful songstress. The imagery and metaphor of her lyrics causes one to be still, ponder and discover personal associations in every song. “…If my heart wasn’t hard, I could feel and I could starve…” reminds me of the proverb …to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet… This Bitter Blue is oh so sweet, perfect for a quiet dinner, soothing away the stress of a hard day or just because it is a bit gray outside. Karli’s Bitter Blue includes color and texture with banjo, pedal steel, glockenspiel, lead guitar, bass, drums and background vocals from talented family and friends. Bitter Blue is an amazing project written, recorded and produced by Karli Fairbanks (with the exception of title track produced and recorded by Bryan Bogue) in honor of her grandparents. Do not wait – get your first run cd – and let Bitter Blue sail you away into its melodious tapestry. You will not be disappointed with the journey.

Richard Soos

I Could Arrange You
“You’re too free to hide.” Optimistic? Perhaps you’ll think that by the end of the poem where freedom is transformed. In the meantime, banjo & steel guitar pleasure my ears with an understanding that I am not listening to any form of country song. Kari has arranged the tune in a completely post-modern flavor without any hint of irony. I am impressed with the instrumentation, but the icing on this delicious, bittersweet dessert is the poetry. “Darling, if you want a broken soul, I could find you some blue.” The story opens veins and locates memories poured into salted tears and saved for very special reveries. “You’ll find your cross soon enough. Just hoist it on up. Your shoulders will bleed, but you’ll finally be free.” - eartaste.com

Monique Amado

I love this cd and Karli's unique sound--so soulful and sad, yet so full of hope underneath.
Her voice is filled with a deep longing that seems to meet with something no eye has seen.
I love to sing along too!