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Lonely Girl

by Kristen Lynn & The Foxgloves

Kristen Lynn and the Foxgloves capture a unique, gypsy-jazz, folk sound with "Lonely Girl." With a sometimes dark vibe, this album ranges from a sweet folksy sound to a vintage swing that is sure to keep you drinking and dancing.
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1. Once in a Blue Moon
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2. Lady of Love
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3. Lonely Girl
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4. Fire Down
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5. Gypsy Love
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6. Sunrise Mornings
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7. Note to Self
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8. Wild Mountain Thyme
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9. Sunshine
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10. Superhero
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11. Bella Ciao
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12. Hangover Blues
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13. Auld Lang Syne
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Joe E. Garcia

Looking for a good time, check out this Lonely Girl.
Album and live performance review -

Kristen Lynn and the Foxgloves is a band that transcends time both musically and fashionably. Kristen Lynn released her first album LALA in 2012. Her second album, LONELY GIRL, has just been released. Kristen has assembled a group of musicians sharply outfitted that clearly know their craft with each member bringing a specific sound and quality to the group. Kristen leads the band and maintains balance while sharing the spotlight and presenting the time for each member to shine individually and as a band. I was present for the CD Release Party-Performance and the following was my observations.

Part 1 the musicians.

I can easily imagine this band playing at the Pacific Biological Laboratories in the 1940s, otherwise then known as Ed (Doc) Rickets’ lab. Doc’s lab in Cannery Row in Monterey, Ca was where the idea for the Monterey Jazz Festival was born. Doc and his friends would often listen to and perform music at after hours parties held in the marine biologist’s lab. Louis Armstrong was said to have visited and performed there. I believe Kristen Lynn and the Foxgloves would have fit right in at the lab.

Syd Everatt is the guitarist and background vocalist that plays crisp clean leads and fills. Her guitar playing is complimentary and precise to the arraignments. Her background vocals are equally splendid to her guitar work, things she does very well and beautifully. Syd is here to chew bubblegum and play music, she’s all out of bubblegum.

Clayton Hamburg is the bass player and it is evident that he has a strong bond with his upright bass and music. He plays passionately and along with drummer Johnny Sneed, pave the way for the band to make great music. I wondered if he was feeling the music or the music was feeling him. I concluded that it was a simultaneous occurrence. Style and substance here folks and a joy to watch and hear.

Johnny keeps perfect time on the drums. Tucked cozily behind the band, Johnny pounds away at the skins all while keeping a watchful eye on each bandmate. I caught glimpses of him breaking into joyful smiles as he worked with his bandmates. Along with Clayton they provide the backbone for all these wonderful songs, enabling each member to showcase their talents. The joy on his face during his solos was infectious.

There’s Stephen Spies on fiddle, viola, ukulele and vocals, the most recent addition to the band. Having a fondness for the first album, LALA, I wondered how the addition of a fiddle would play out. Very nicely I would say. Somewhere in Stephen’s closet I imagine there is “ fiddle of gold.” He plays with unconstrained enthusiasm momentarily getting lost in his solos just before coming back to earth and reigning in his talents, like an Angus Young solo. His girlfriend, Kate Bacich joined the band for a couple of songs on trumpet and trombone adding a very nice flavor to the mix.

Kristen Lynn, the band leader. She wrote and co-wrote most of the songs, plays piano, guitar, banjolele and is the lead vocalist. She does all this all while bantering with the band, keeping the audience captivated and dropping in a clever joke or two. Pay attention to her sneaky wit. Those not familiar with the banjolele, it’s a four stringed instrument with a small banjo body matched with a ukulele fret. It is played like a ukulele with the tone and volume of a banjo. Kristen plays it with amazing rhythmic strumming patterns and distinctive style. Her voice and the banjolele make a wonderful pairing. She never misses a beat musically, fashionably or humorously.

Part 2 the album.

1. Once in a Blue Moon-It starts out with Syd’s enchanting guitar work followed by Kristen’s sultry vocals. Stephen gives a glimpse of what is to come throughout the album as his fiddle adds a nice dimension to this scathing melody.

2. Lady of Love-Kristen lays it all out there, what she’s willing to provide. What more could you want. The subdued instrumentation helps to state the seriousness of her commitment.

3. Lonely Girl-A playful duet with Stephen and the pace picks up as the band is in full affect. Kate makes a guest appearance on the trumpet adding a little spice to the jazzy vibe.

4. Fire Down-This one was co-written with Syd and starts off with a big drum sound and booming bass with a swing dance pace.

5. Gypsy Love-Hold on to your hats for this one! They embrace their inner Gypsy and let it fly. Fast paced, fun song with big sound of instrument and voice. A showcase of the Foxgloves at their finest.

6. Sunrise Mornings-Sweet personal song about the connection of sisters, mother and the emergence of a new born.

7. Note to Self-Piano and viola. Kristen and Stephen. A lovely and moving duet co-written with Stephen.

8. Wild Mountain Thyme-Beautiful cover of a Scottish folk song dedicated to departed friends and Kristen’s mother. The song educes images flowing rivers, wildflowers, sunny skies and of course mountains. You can feel the warmth and love.

9. Sunshine-A new flavor to the You Are My Sunshine that Kristen covered on LALA. A must hear, outstanding vocals with a driving rhythm led by the banjolele. When I heard this version I pictured it being played as the credits rolled for What Ever Happened to Baby Jane or even something more current like American Horror Story.

10. Superhero-Another co-written with Stephen. The band hits full stride on this one and it’s a run away locomotive. Trying to join in on the hand claps and foot stomping had me looking like Navin Johnson.

11. Bella Ciao-A cover of the Italian partisan song that Kristen sings in Italian. A song of this content shouldn’t be so fun.

12. Hangover Blues-It’s all here in this song. If I had to pick only one song to play to describe Kristen Lynn and the Foxgloves it wold be this one. Sassy! Now resist the urge to go to this track first.

13. Auld Lang Syne-An upbeat version of the Scottish classic with a touch of KristenLynn. That’s how I would want to hear it on New Year’s eve, most other versions seem to be so melancholy. Seems fitting to end the album with this upbeat version. As it is a song of reflection, I reflected on the journey this album has taken me on.

It started in a bit of darkness gradually working its’ way into light while taking an auditory and emotional journey. Taking me to New Orleans, Romani, a Florida beach, Scotland and Italy. The album is at times emotional, uplifting, surprising, funny and mostly pleasing. An album and journey to take over and over again.

The album is available at the usual places, CD Baby, iTunes, Spotify and the band’s web site, but I recommend attending a show and picking up one.
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