Kristina Stykos | River of Light

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River of Light

by Kristina Stykos

A powerful collection of songs from one of Vermont's original poetic voices; at turns raucous & blunt but always determined to beat the odds; haunting soul food for the emotionally dispossessed & a veritable feast of fabulous guitar work by Kristina & Co
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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1. State Line Diner
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2. I Like a Hard Hearted Man
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3. Walking These Ridges
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4. Since You Asked
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5. At the Edge
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6. In the Cleansing Rain
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7. Caught by the Heart
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8. River of Light
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9. Breaking Trail
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10. Climb This Ground
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11. Waging Peace
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12. Blessed Light
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13. Godspeed
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Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
River of Light © 2019 Thunder Ridge Records
All songs by Kristina Stykos © 2018 BMI/Horse Thief Publishing
Produced, recorded & mixed by Kristina Stykos at Pepperbox Studio, Chelsea, Vermont
Mastered by Fred Kevorkian/Avatar Studios, NYC
Package design and layout by Discmakers
Cover Photography and related images by Jack Rowell
For more info: kristinastykos.com

1. State Line Diner

Kristina Stykos: vocal, acoustic guitar, Yamaha S90 (organ, wurlitzer)
Steve Mayone: electric guitar, bass, background vocal
Val McCallum: electric guitar including solos
Jeff Berlin: drums
Abby Jenne: background vocal

2. I Like a Hard Hearted Man

Kristina Stykos: vocal, mandola
Steve Mayone: electric guitar

3. Walking These Ridges

Kristina Stykos: vocal, acoustic guitar, banjo, Yamaha S90 (accordion)
Steve Mayone: electric guitar, bass
Jeff Berlin: drums
Patrick Ross: fiddle
Abby Jenne: background vocal

4. Since You Asked

Kristina Stykos: vocal, acoustic & electric guitar, mandolin, bass, Yamaha S90 (organ)
Steve Mayone: acoustic guitar including solo & electric guitar, lap steel, hand drum
Val McCallum: electric guitar, background vocal

5. At the Edge

Kristina Stykos: vocal, acoustic guitar, mandolin, Yamaha S90 (piano)
Val McCallum: electric guitar, lap steel, bass, background vocal
Jeff Berlin: drums

6. In the Cleansing Rain

Kristina Stykos: vocal, acoustic guitar, mandolin, Yamaha S90 (wurlitzer)
Steve Mayone: electric guitar including solos, bass
Val McCallum: nylon string guitar, background vocal
Jeff Berlin: drums

7. Caught by the Heart

Kristina Stykos: vocal, acoustic guitar, mandolin, Yamaha S90 (piano), bass
Val McCallum: electric guitar
Jeff Berlin: drums
Patrick Ross: fiddle, cello

8. River of Light

Kristina Stykos: vocal, acoustic guitar, Yamaha S90 (piano, organ)
Steve Mayone: acoustic guitar, bass
Val McCallum: electric guitar including solos, background vocal
Jeff Berlin: drums

9. Breaking Trail

Kristina Stykos: vocal, mandola, bass, Yamaha S90 (piano), shaker
Steve Mayone: electric guitar
Abby Jenne: background vocal

10. Climb This Ground

Kristina Stykos: vocal, acoustic guitar, Yamaha S90 (piano, organ), bass,
Steve Mayone: electric guitar, background vocal, shaker
[for Elizabeth Mcfarlane]

11. Waging Peace

Kristina Stykos: vocal, acoustic guitar, Yamaha S90 (piano, synth pad), bass
Val McCallum: electric guitar, background vocal

12. Blessed Light

Kristina Stykos: vocal, acoustic guitar, mandolin, Yamaha S90 (piano, wurlitzer, organ, wooden flute), hand drum
Steve Mayone: electric guitar, lap steel, bass, shaker
Abby Jenne: background vocal

13. Godspeed

Kristina Stykos: acoustic guitar, mandolin, Yamaha S90 (piano, synth pad)
[for my father]

Notes:

River of Light’s guardian constellation starts with its anchor stars: the musicians who brought their spirit into alignment with my vision. To them I extend a heart-felt thank you, for in the making of this, a day did not go by when your presence was not felt with gratitude.

To my cousin Steve, who intuitively shows up when I need him most, when I’m down or losing my way; your grace has touched me deeply, and your remarkable talents & kind actions have blessed my life. To Val, once a wayfaring stranger, now a cherished friend, I admit it still amazes me how you navigate the world of my imagination as if it was your own. To Jeff, your steadfast and bemused approach to making great art has seen us through the completion of yet another epic undertaking and I know we’ll keep doing this as long as we can carry your drum kit up two flights of stairs. Patrick, you know who you are to me & who you’ve been: brother, best friend, Zen master & unstoppable force of nature; your bow speaks with a depth like no other. To Abby, my newest partner-in-crime: finally a female voice that seems right at home with mine! Thank you all.

Certain friends deserve a special thank you: Ariel Zevon for the gift of feathers, Nikki Matheson for wardrobe design/creation, Lane Gibson for technical tweaks, Paul Hewitt & Julie James for video work, Emily Howe for all kinds of stuff, Davey Davis for going into the woods with me, and Jack Rowell for being a good shit & a damn good photographer. Other friends & supporters of this project may not realize the inspiration they’ve given, especially during darker moments when I wasn’t sure I could pull off what I’d set out to. Thank you.

Luckily humanity will come together as tributaries do, when it rains hard enough and each twisted stream straightens out its path with unerring focus. That’s right. It’s time, for we are the River of Light.


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