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Tales From the Fruitbat Vat

by Lindsay Smith

Alternacheesefolk for the new millenium. Compelling songs and a powerful, expressive voice make Lindsay a fresh new face on the singer/songwriter scene.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. My Mother Is a Christian
3:00 $0.99
2. If I Should Not Return
4:44 $0.99
3. Answer Me Back
4:54 $0.99
4. Molly Brown
3:06 $0.99
5. We're All Marys Here
4:32 $0.99
6. Homeward Gone
5:41 $0.99
7. Purple
4:08 $0.99
8. The Cat & the Canary
2:16 $0.99
9. Friend
3:15 $0.99
10. Heaven
2:56 $0.99
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Album Notes
Lindsay Smith presents: alternacheesefolk for the new millenium! Lindsay hails from Atlanta, where she is known for her powerful vocals and well-crafted songs. In addition to performing her original songs, Lindsay has sung with many groups in Atlanta, both classical and non-classical, including Octave, The Official Amanda, Collegium Vocale and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus.

Lindsay Smith was born and raised in Fredericksburg, VA. Though she has been making up songs for as long as she can remember, she didn't call herself a songwriter until she attended the Young Writers Workshop at the University of Virginia at the age of 13 and worked with Charlottesville artists such as John D'Earth, Dawn Thompson and Greg Howard. Upon graduating from high school she moved to Atlanta, GA to attend Emory University and began classical voice training as a music major. After graduating in 1995, Lindsay acquired a student work visa for France, where she worked as a paid choral singer. After a year of working and traveling abroad, she returned to Atlanta to pursue life, love, songwriting, and other unwieldy goals.


"Smith dresses up her pretty poetry in folk rock, heavy emphasis on folk. Sometimes the music flirts with a bit of funkiness and a measure of rock, but Lindsay's heart is closer to Joan Baez than even she may realize. Smith's music is carefully crafted, heartfelt and without ego."
-- Trammel, Creative Loafing, Atlanta, GA

"At last, a truly fresh voice on the singer/songwriter scene! Lindsay Smith definitely breaks the Jewel/Sarah McLachlan mold which seems to have so heavily influenced so many and left much of singer/songwriter-dom in a rut. Her debut CD, Tales from the Fruitbat Vat, is musically imaginative and lyrically incisive. A compelling listen and a truly interesting record (check out the timpani!), the CD showcases Lindsay's powerfully expressive voice - a REAL singer's voice - with great songs."
-- Singer/songwriter Eric Garrison

"...[T]hough getting into heaven may have a longer lasting benefit, I hope [Smith] earns some earthly rewards with this effort - the production is first rate, the musicanship is solid and interesting, her voice is so rich and appealing, and her songwriting is compelling. Go, girl!"
-- Singer/songwriter Paul Epstein



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Trammel, Creative Loafing

Smith's music is carefully crafted, heartfelt and without ego.
Smith dresses up her pretty poetry in folk rock, heavy emphasis on folk. Sometimes the music flirts with a bit of funkiness and a measure of rock, but Lindsay's heart is closer to Joan Baez than even she may realize. Smith's music is carefully crafted, heartfelt and without ego.

Isaac Airbourne, Ink19

This is a strong songwriter with dramaticalistical instincts.
This is a strong songwriter with dramaticalistical instincts. A very fine recording, which should be all over the radio instead of that... let me think... what's the name of that band with Bob Dylan's son? I hate that band. Anyway, she's way better. Put her on there. Especially "Molly Brown." More funny and cool crap.

Kara Cantrell

Strikes a chord, no pun intended.
Did you ever pick up a piece of music, and have it just smack you in the face with its poignancy? That's what TALES did to me. Maybe it was just what I needed at a certain point in my life, but Ms. Smith's get-into-your-head melodies and absolutely haunting ("If I Should Not Return" and "Friend") and sometimes very funny ("My Mother Is a Christian" and "The Cat & The Canary") lyrics are outstanding. I am not one to force my musical tastes on anybody, but I've played this disk for everyone I know... and they agree. This is a wonderful effort by a solid and talented singer/songwriter.

Scott Harrell, Weekly Planet

Quick-witted, well-written pop
Atlanta songstress Lindsay Smith calls her music "alternacheesefolk," but it's actually quick-witted, well-written pop alternately stripped down and built up, with a somewhat folkish execution.... Tales From the Fruitbat Vat is packed with hooky gems and clever lyrics, delivered in Smith's clear, evocative voice. It's good stuff....

Jim Ground

Strong, eclectic debut showcasing quirky style and a great voice.
Tough to pigeonhole Lindsay Smith's style,
because I think she's a unique talent. This CD is
very worth listening to. Check out the sample tunes
for yourself.

If I had to compare Lindsay to another artist, I'd say
her style is somewhat like Ani DiFranco, but with a
bit more humor and a bit less angst. Probably not fair
to label her this early in her career, though. If you're
familiar with Lindsay's live show, you may find some of
these tracks a trifle overproduced. I'm hoping her next
CD is a little simpler, but I don't mean to detract from
Fruitbat Vat at all. It's a strong debut. Great songs that range from funny to
introspective, never failing to showcase Lindsay's
powerful and versatile voice.

Jennifer Layton

Calling it "folk"... doesn't even begin to describe it.
"Tales From the Fruitbat Vat" is the debut CD from the Atlanta singer/songwriter, and calling it "folk," as other reviewers have, doesn't even begin to describe it.... [Smith's] lyrics are quick-witted and soul-touching. She makes feelings sound so real, I could touch them.... Most of these songs rock, and she has a voice that fits with every mood.... Just check out this CD. It will capture you on the first track.