Kevin Roth | Reawakening

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by Kevin Roth

From potter's hand to an astral plane: simple yet profound questions of existence, explored in heartfelt and inclusive ways featuring a synergistic collaboration of dulcimer and voice set against a rich multi-timbre tapestry of sound. .
Genre: Folk: Urban Folk
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1. Clarity
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2. One
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3. Aurora
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4. The Potter's Wheel
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5. She Believes
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6. Come with Me
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7. Gone
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8. The Other Side
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9. Seven Questions
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10. Metamorphosis
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11. I Am (What Helen Keller Knew)
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12. Love Is
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Album Notes
In 2015, I wrote an album called “Awakenings”- the first of its kind for me in the sense I began to explore my relationship with spirituality on a deeper level musically. Many things had changed during that year. I was still getting over the end of a nine year relationship, as well as closing my business, and dealing with the loss of my father who was also my best friend. It was a tough year.

One evening, many months later, around ten thirty at night the phone rang. It was my friend Noel, driving home from a concert. He had chanced upon three demo recordings from “Awakenings”. “They're so simple, so straight-forward – so essential,” he said. “We HAVE to do something with these.” “But, they've already been recorded!” I responded. “I understand, “ he replied, “but let's give them a new setting. Keep the simplicity of the dulcimer and use a synthesizer to broaden the aural landscape.”

And so REAWAKENING was conceived; and with it came the arrival of many additional songs. I was simply amazed at the amount of new material that flowed out of me and the nuanced shadings that Noel and Michael McInnis (a talented synthesizer-electronics whiz kid) created for them. I always wondered why I had such an obsession with Peter, Noel Paul and Mary starting at the age of five. My generation listened more to rock, but I had a special connection with the trio. Nearly fifty years later, it has all come around full circle, and I am beginning to understand what consciousness had in mind...

This music has emerged from deep reflection, meditation and a new awareness that quite honestly I didn’t think I was prepared for. But as the saying goes, “...when the student is ready, the teacher shows up!” In a world where the awareness of who we are and what our hearts are longing for continues to evolve, I hope these songs will re-awaken the answer that is within each of us.

Kevin Roth
Kansas City, Missouri
July 26, 2016



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Mitch Schecter

"Reawakening" is an inspired piece of art
Having been an occasional musical associate of Kevin's, I always look forward to his new music. We recorded an album together in 1980 for Folkways called "New Wind" and also did some demos together , and since that time Kevin has been an inspiration to me. His new album, "Reawakening" is by far, his best work yet, and I say that without taking anything away from his past work, which is wonderful. The songs on "Reawakening" are beautiful. Kevin's Dulcimer and Guitarcimer are beautifully supported by Michael Mcinnis' Synthesiser, weaving Synth, Orchestral, and Percussive textures to the songs. At the forefront is Kevin's voice, a classic mixture of traditional Folk and Popular American Music stylings. The production on this album, by Noel Paul Stookey of Peter,Paul & Mary fame, is stellar. The album seems to breathe, as the songs flow together, putting the listener into a dream state, not unlike some of the classic "YES" and "King Crimson" albums I hold dear to my heart. I hope this album reaches the masses, because it deserves to be heard by big audiences. I'm happy this album exists. Thank you Kevin, for inspiring me once again.
Mitch Schecter
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