Marybeth D'Amico | Heaven, Hell, Sin & Redemption

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Heaven, Hell, Sin & Redemption

by Marybeth D'Amico

Her songs combine the dark storytelling of folk, the melancholy feel of country and a melodic pop sensibility. Emotion-driven songs along the lines of Patty Griffin, Kathleen Edwards or Lori McKenna.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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1. Back on My Feet
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2. A Love Story
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3. Ohio
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4. Oblivion
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5. Broken Dreams
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6. Every Week
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7. Save Your Soul
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8. Nothing Without You
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9. Where I Lay My Baby Down
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10. The Journey
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
An American singer-songwriter, Marybeth D'Amico came to songwriting relatively late in life. In 2002, the trained journalist lost her position as an editor at an Amsterdam-based magazine. With some time on her hands, the wife and mother of two, who had recently taken up the guitar, began penning her first songs on the living room couch. The discovery of singer-songwriter Patty Griffin gave her songwriting a jolt. "What struck me was how emotionally riveting yet simple to play her songs were," says Marybeth. She began hungrily studying the songwriting craft not only of Griffin, but other singer-songwriters she admired, such as Lori McKenna, Kathleen Edwards, Antje Duvekot and Deb Talan.

Though drawn to dark themes, Marybeth did not want her songs to sound somber; she loved the melodic pop music she grew up listening to like the Beatles, the Eagles, CSNY, the Mamas and the Papas, the Beach Boys, James Taylor, Carole King and Carly Simon. Music also played a prominent part in her early life, whether she was harmonizing with her siblings to the Peter Paul and Mary albums in their parents' record collection, starring in her high school musical or playing flute in the band.

By late 2003, Marybeth was singing at open mics in Munich and had co-founded an alt-country band, Far From Home. In 2006 she released the five-song solo EP, "Waiting to Fly," produced by German Americana artist Markus Rill. The EP was well-received by a number of reviewers. Belgium's Rootstime, for example, hailed her as a songwriter who would not remain unnoticed long on the Americana scene, calling her "an exceptional talent." Glitterhouse Germany also noted how she placed herself "deftly and in a surprisingly mature manner within the wide songwriter field somewhere between Lucinda Williams and Shawn Colvin." She played numerous gigs in Bavaria with her own band and in a duet formation, as well as touring Holland in October 2007.

With the release of her first full-length album, "Heaven, Hell, Sin & Redemption," Marybeth is already demonstrating a new maturity in her songwriting and has found top-notch talent to accompany her. Produced by Buda, Texas based musician and sound engineer Bradley Kopp (who has produced other Americana notables including Jeff Talmadge and the Ginn Sisters) the album features top-notch musical talent including Lloyd Maines on pedal steel and dobro, Richard Bowden on violin, David Webb on keyboards, and Paul Pearcy on drums.

The album gets its' dark title from the characters that inhabit Marybeth's songs: from the single mom who can't seem to settle in one place to the minister involved in a sex scandal; from the young couple that decides to break away from a fundamentalist upbringing to the true-to-life story of a guy sitting on Death Row in Ohio. But no cause for depression here: most of the melodies are infectious and will have listeners humming along.

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Marybeth D'Amico

Review, CtrlAltCounty
We should have been prepared after hearing her debut from 2006, the EP Waiting to Fly, produced by Markus Rill...but still! After listening to Marybeth D'Amico's Heaven, Hell, Sin & Redemption for the first time, we were pretty stunned. The Germany-based American singer has made an album with material of such quality that it calls to mind great names like Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin or Tift Merritt.

Produced by Bradley Kopp and assisted by musicians Paul Pearcy, David Webb, Richard Bowden and Lloyd Maines, she gives us 10 songs which will be talked about for a long time in Americana-circles! Somewhere on the fault line between Americana, folk, country and pop, the songs really get under your skin, revealing Marybeth to be a very talented storyteller. These ten little gems are often somber and melancholy, but always have a great melody. Listen once and we guarantee you'll be sold on them! We're pretty sure we'll be hearing a lot more from D'Amico in the future. (Benny Metten, CtrlaltCountry, Belgium)
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Ron Cori

Love this CD!
Can't wait for the new one The Light Inside, due soon...
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Martin Prince

An Americana/Folk Gem
While comparisons with such luminaries as Lucinda Williams and Patty Griffin are extremely flattering and well deserved it has to be said that while fans of the aforementioned will probably love this music, Marybeth D\'Amicos full debut album Heaven,Hell,Sin & Redemption is a beautiful thing in its own right with originality and style all of its own and how! If wonderfully constructed songs that tell vivid stories with mature lyrics, melodies that will stay with you and musicianship of a high order is your thing then this is a must have cd.
Having reached Marybeth\'s music via tracks posted on-line i was immediately convinced that i should have this album.The measure of the songs and their depth is that after many,many listens just about every track has at some time become my favourite,it\'s one of those rare albums that gets played end to end everytime it gets put into the player.Like a previous reviewer i am stunned by the quality of the songs,ten wonderful tracks.In short,this album deserves to reach a hugely wide audience.While there\'s no denying that it sits very snugly into the drawer labelled \"Americana\" it\'s much,much more than that,songs such as Ohio and Oblivion for example, are just damn fine songs in any terms.
We should be hearing a lot more of Marybeth D\'Amico.I for one can\'t wait.
(Martin Prince U.K)
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