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Likely Stories

by Likely Stories

"Chamber folk": Elegantly arranged lyrically driven originals born from the collaborative efforts of 3 noteworthy Madison WI songwriters: Tracy Jane Comer, Nancy Rost and Dave Schindele. (SEE NOTE BELOW RE PURCHASING)
Genre: Easy Listening: Adult contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A Matter of Time (feat. Dave Schindele)
3:14 $0.99
2. Golden Gate (feat. Nancy Rost)
2:41 $0.99
3. Yellow Bike (feat. Tracy Jane Comer)
4:16 $0.99
4. This Ground (feat. Dave Schindele)
3:06 $0.99
5. American Gothic (feat. Nancy Rost)
2:35 $0.99
6. My Own History (feat. Tracy Jane Comer)
3:42 $0.99
7. Nicole (feat. Dave Schindele)
3:37 $0.99
8. Shamu (feat. Nancy Rost)
4:08 $0.99
9. Silent Care (feat. Tracy Jane Comer)
3:58 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
NOTE July 2009: This CD is out of print so will not be restocked at CD Baby...HOWEVER there are still other purchase options if you want a physical CD, so please visit for other purchase options! If you want digital downloads, you can do that here or from iTunes.
Likely Stories, the self-titled debut release from the Madison, Wisconsin-based acoustic trio, is a book of short stories brought to life. The songs range from reminiscences of a poor but happy rural childhood, to a romance between teenage suburban goths; from the inner lives of celebrities to the epiphanies of everyday people. Likely Stories takes the listener on an imaginative and sonic journey.

Elegant arrangements and engaging stories propel this collection of songs by performing songwriters Tracy Jane Comer, Nancy Rost and Dave Schindele. The three alternate writing and lead vocals and accompany each other on a variety of instruments, creating a multi-flavored sound that allows the individual writers' sensibilities to shine through. Comer's intricate guitar work and rich cello, Rost's lush jazz chords, and Schindele's musical theater influences combine in unlikely ways to create a unique and varied sound.

"Elegant drama" - Scott Gordon, The Onion
"Mature and soaked with talent throughout" -
"Magic and sense of longing ... masterful lyrics" - singer-songwriter Phil Norman

The CD includes songs that have won awards and honors in folk ("Yellow Bike" ) and jazz ("Golden Gate"). The uptempo pop of "A Matter of Time", humorous blues of "American Gothic" and playful swing of "My Own History" contrast with soulful ballads like "This Ground" and "Shamu" for a satisfyingly well-rounded collection.

Veteran producer Randy Green produced the CD with Likely Stories. Green, called a "Madison Musical Legend" by Madison Magazine (2001), is also an award-winning songwriter, and contributes lyrics to the album's tracks “Yellow Bike” and the closer, "Silent Care."

For more about the group or individual members, see these links:

"...'This Ground' is absolutely superb. I enjoyed the wit in the polka. And if I let myself, I could be really, really jealous of that cello in 'Nicole'..."
- Tim F., Australia

"Love the mood this song ['Golden Gate'] creates. Gave me a Miles Davis-Kind of Blue feeling. The piano and cello are amazing enough together. The vocals and lyrics make this song an absolute gem."
- Massachusetts listener

"The combination of expert guitar work and vocals on "Yellow Bike" are nothing short of amazing (I've seen her do this song live, and it is a remarkable thing to watch.) Her haunting, beautiful voice leaves the impression that she has taken a long journey, and returned to tell wonderful tales."
-Jim B., Milwaukee WI

"Just finished checking out your tracks. Beautiful sounds--I'm looking forward to hearing more. And hopefully hearing you live someday..."
- Doug H., Bristol, England

(re: Golden Gate) "...Unique and original. Not your typical female vocalist trying to sound like all the other female vocalists... She sings as if she is singing to me personally... The lyrics are extremely well crafted. This is one of those songs that you have to listen to in order to appreciate it completely. The lyrics almost force you to do that..."
- Sandy, Utah

(re: Nicole) "Movie Soundtrack for sure! Beautiful piano work, great vocal quality pitch and tone. I love the strings, the melody works beautifully with the strings. A taunting, emotive musical journey, a wonderful experience. A pleasure to listen to and a breeze to review. I can hear this song on a movie soundtrack for sure. The mix is just right with a great balance of instrument and vocal."
- Listener in Gunnedah, NSW, Australia



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Matt Pierce

A nourishing blend of folk and jazz, its honey to the ears! Well done everyone!

mike skliar

Thoughtful and elegant
This is a delightful CD collaboration by three Madison Wisconsin- area singer songwriters. All fine musicians, they compliment each other both instrumentally and in the elegant, engaging songs they offer on this recording. There’s a thoughtful, intelligent, yet soulful quality that all three strongly bring to the fore here, propelled by melodic keyboard, guitar, cello and vocals. Best of all, there are little touches of quirky humor and humanity that are a necessary ingredient to any undertaking of this kind. A good example is Nancy Rost’s uncanny ability to find all the appropriately perfect rhymes for the word ‘gothic’ and the perfect tone for the song, over a minor-key slinky groove, in “American Gothic” . Tracey Jane Comer’s bluesy catalog of life choices “My Own History” and Dave Schindele’s spiritual yet earthy “A Matter of Time” are other highlights. Highly recommended.

Rich Albertoni - THE ISTHMUS

Tracy Jane Comer, Dave Schindele and Nancy Rost have teamed up to make the most creative concept album to come out of Madison so far this year. Likely Stories is a collection of nine musical tales making up three rounds of sonic turn-taking by the songwriters. It's a structure that highlights the stylistic breadth of the record. Schindele's acoustic piano is dreamy, rumbling with restlessness on "A Matter of Time." Later, he employs Comer's brooding cello on "Nicole." That track is an odd but gorgeous prayer for Nicole Kidman: "Hope there's a there for you Nicole / Without a role, it's just you and your soul cast together." Rost's jazzy arrangements are featured in "Golden Gate," about San Francisco suicide jumpers. Comer's "Yellow Bike" is pure folk charm, looking back on a poor but happy childhood in a seaside town. The album's execution ultimately fulfills the ambitious concept, making Stories a local release to be reckoned with.