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Open Air

by Lucy Billings

"Open Air" was produced by guitarist extraordinaire Andrew Hardin, features rich, soulful vocals surrounded by a lush blend of acoustic guitars with electric guitar, piano, cello, violin, pedal steel guitar, harmonica, slide guitar and vocal ha
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Second Dance
4:28 $0.99
2. All Slip Away
3:55 $0.99
3. Dancing in Heaven
4:18 $0.99
4. Let Loose the Line
4:55 $0.99
5. A Little Bit Every Day
3:48 $0.99
6. Take A Chance
3:22 $0.99
7. Time Will Tell
4:39 $0.99
8. Open Air
5:50 $0.99
9. Child's Song
5:49 $0.99
10. Never Stop Loving You
4:23 $0.99
11. Man of Steel
4:16 $0.99
12. Warrior Girls
3:19 $0.99
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Album Notes
It’s no surprise that audiences connect strongly with Lucy Billings. Reviewers have praised the “warmth and honesty in Lucy’s songs that make her music seem closer to the listener” and her “knack for writing songs that make you feel like you’re part of the story”. Her music has been described as “a breath of fresh air” and her songs, authentic and captivating, with elegant melodies and “incisive lyrics that cut to the heart of the subject”. Adding to Billings’ compelling songs is her pure and lovely voice and engaging rapport with her listeners.

Since its release in 2011, Billings’ second album, No Other Road has earned rave reviews for its lovely blend of original Americana and folk music. The CD was produced by acclaimed producer John Jennings, best known for his work with Mary Chapin Carpenter. In addition to his own talents on guitar, piano, bass, percussion and harmony vocals, Jennings enlisted an “A-team” of studio musicians to add a wonderful contributions to the album’s sound, including Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Lloyd Maines (pedal steel guitar), Brent Truitt (mandolin), Jon Carroll (piano) and Robbie MacGruder (drums). The CD earned a five star rating from Paul Riley of Country Music People (UK), who said, “I just can’t find anything wrong with this superb disc. The songs, vocals, backing-tracks, production, and sound mix are all near to perfection.”

No Other Road climbed into the top 100 on the Americana radio chart for 3 consecutive weeks, was also among Top Albums for 2011 (#196) on the Folk Radio Airplay Chart and was #1 on the Roots Music Report: Folk/Internet radio chart for 2 weeks, #2 for 10 weeks and in the top 20 for 18 months. The CD was also in the Top Albums and Billings was among the Top Artists on the Folk Radio Airplay Chart for both May and June of 2011. Every track on No Other Road has received airplay. Reviewers have been quick to point out that while its celebrated cast of musicians helped to draw immediate attention to No Other Road, the CD’s subsequent climb to Top Albums” on the Folk Radio Airplay Charts as well as the Top 100 on Americana Radio Charts “is as much a reflection of the energy, intelligence, and open-hearted style” of Billings (

Billings has been hailed by the press as one who “tells great stories via song” (Vintage Guitar), whose “convincing ways with words carry over like a dream” (Hittin The Note), and who “writes with the confident air of a practiced storyteller” (Wildy’s World). ICON Fetch placed No Other Road in its “Sweet 16- The Best Albums of 2011 and called the CD a “great listen by an up and coming artist”.

On the video circuit, Billings was a featured artist for the Alternate Root magazine; and her animated music video of the CD track, “My Caballo” was added to the lineup for Season 2 of Alternate Root TV, syndicated in over 60 markets, and was one of 20 nominees for The Alternate Root 1st Annual Reader’s Choice Awards in the category of Best American Roots Video of 2011.

Billings' debut CD, "Open Air" (2006) was produced by guitarist extraordinaire, Andrew Hardin. The CD was hailed by the press as a "breath of fresh air in Americana music".

Billings’ unique story-songs have grown out of a very untraditional background. After spending her childhood in the desert outside of Tucson, Arizona and on a ranch in Wyoming, she has been, in turn, a cowgirl…a research scientist…and attorney…as well as, since the age of 10, a strummer and a singer, writing her first song when she was 11. Billings says, “Since that first song, the writing has been the thread that has held my life together…it’s like breathing to me.”

During the past year, Billings performed in California, Arizona, Oregon, Wyoming, Tennessee and Virginia and has been in the studio recording her third CD of original songs (produced by John Jennings) for release in 2013.

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Tom McReynolds

Great vocals, "2nd dance" very good
I really liked Lucy's voice on this CD; clear, sweet, and emotive. "2nd Dance" was my favorite; good enough to cross musical genre boundaries.

For me at least, this CD is a keeper!

Janet Chapman

Like reading a book to music
Lucy writes so eloquently and leads you gently through her stories. Her music is sweetly matched to the story she tells and her voice comes through as a talent that has grown with much grace.

Kathryn B

Speaking to the Soul
Lucy's vocalsand melodies speak directly to the essence of my being. It's like floating away on a cloud in a gentle breeze. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to most of the songs - specifically 2nd Dance, Let Loose the Line and A Little Bit EveryDay. The artists accompanying her are fantastic as well.

Linda A

Her voice is full of energy and passion
Lucy engenders passion and at the same time gives energy to her music.

The accompaniement is exceptional and it all BLENDS!