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by Misty River

Although Misty River's music is often compared to the neo-bluegrass style of Alison Krauss and the powerful harmonies of The Trio (Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton), these four women have a sound all their own.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Branching Out
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2. Old Memories (Mean Nothing to Me)
3:34 $0.99
3. Life Is Good
2:51 $0.99
4. Louisa
3:00 $0.99
5. Black Muddy River
3:57 $0.99
6. Slice of Life
2:53 $0.99
7. Time Goes By
4:03 $0.99
8. Turtle Dove
1:04 $0.99
9. Star of the County Down, Road to Lisdoonvarna, Connaughtman's Ra
3:57 $0.99
10. Barbara Ellen
6:00 $0.99
11. Daylight Again
2:31 $0.99
12. Black Hawk
4:08 $0.99
13. Gan Lan Shu
3:42 $0.99
14. A Prayer Like Any Other
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Although Misty River's music is often compared to the neo-bluegrass style of Alison Krauss and the harmonies of The Trio (Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton), these four women have a sound all their own, fusing the band's award-winning songwriting and compelling vocal harmony with their distinctive acoustic instrumentation of accordion, fiddle, guitar, banjo, ukulele, mandolin and upright bass.

Whether exploring the music of Appalachia, China, Ireland, the American South or the Pacific Northwest, the members of Misty River revel in sharing the stories of their own lives as well as those of the characters in their songs. STORIES combines the love Laura Quigley, Carol Harley, Dana Abel and Chris Kokesh have for musical storytelling with the talents of Grammy award-winning producer Todd Phillips. As Phillips describes it, the result is “sophisticated yet simple, honest and transparent. Laura, Carol, Dana and Chris will tear your heart out—then put it back, better off than before.”

Beginning with Misty River’s first open mike at an Irish pub in Portland in 1997, the past decade has seen the band mature as individual musicians. However, the group still maintains the magic vocal blend that first tied the quartet together. As Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Jeff Douglas explains it, “When these four women weave their lovely harmonies, it is spine tingling. Their music and relaxed style reaches out and touches audiences in a way that is uplifting even when a ballad brings a tear to the eye.”

This relaxed and uplifting style of performance has become one of the things the band is best known for. As Diane Schulstad of Victory Review writes: “From the moment of Misty River’s entrance, there was a warmth and friendship between the members of the band and the audience. The walloping charisma of each of the four women—their good humor and jocular stage patter, their laughter and kinship—was as effective in the back of the theater as it was for those in the front row.” The band’s accordionist Dana Abel says, “It is not uncommon for audience members to emerge from a show proclaiming how they now feel like part of the ‘Misty River family’—to us, that is the greatest compliment.”

Despite the band’s growth, its ten-year history has not been without challenges. In 2004, Guitarist Carol Harley was diagnosed with leukemia (CML), just weeks before the band was to leave for a tour of China. “It was a tough time” Harley recalls. “But with the care of my doctors, a new miracle drug called Gleevac, and the power of music, friends and faith, the disease is now in remission.” Harley says making the album "Stories" and sharing the songs on stage is her chance to thank those who have supported her along the way.

Misty River consists of Carol Harley of Vancouver, Washington on guitar, banjo, ukulele and mandolin; Chris Kokesh of Portland, Oregon on fiddle and guitar; Dana Abel of Eugene, Oregon on accordion; and Laura Quigley of Portland, Oregon on acoustic bass.

Stories Track Listing:
1. Branching Out: Misty River’s trademark harmony is featured on this lighthearted, humorous song written by John Gorka.

2. Old Memories (Mean Nothing to Me): Picture Quigley and Kokesh as Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette on this Steve Young country classic.

3. Life Is Good: Harley draws on the gospel tradition to tell the story of her second chance at life after battling melanoma skin cancer years ago.

4. Louisa: Fiddle and accordion duets give Abel’s southern California love song a south-of-the-border feel.

5. Black Muddy River: Kokesh reflects on the restorative power of nature in this beauty written by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter.

6. Slice of Life: A bus ride down Portland’s Burnside Avenue inspired Abel’s comical toe-tapper.

7. Time Goes By: Kokesh is solo and at her best on this intimate song about letting go and moving on.

8. Turtle Dove: Based on an old Irish melody, Abel wrote lyrics and arranged this love song for three-part acappela harmony.
9. Star of the County Down/Road to Lisdoonvarna/ Connaughtman’s Rambles: Beginning with a beautiful solemn melody and ending with an upbeat fiddle tune, this instrumental trilogy transports the listener to the Irish countryside.

10. Barbara Ellen: Quigley’s eloquent bass playing and passionate vocal is featured on this centuries-old traditional.

11. Daylight Again: Three-part harmony vocals and Harley’s claw-hammer style banjo deliver this war commentary by Stephen Stills.

12. Black Hawk: Quigley tells the tale of Black Hawk and the White Winged Dove in this Louisiana-rooted ballad by Daniel Lanois.

13. Gan Lan Shu (The Olive Tree): One of the most popular contemporary songs in China, Kokesh sings this melancholy story of longing for home.

14. A Prayer Like Any Other: Harley closes the album with a simple offer of thanks to Misty River’s fans and supporters over the past decade.



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Mike Blechynden

Great Music
More great music from Misty River- every CD I haveis great.
Particularly like the Irish music(track 9)more please, and Barbara Ellen- perhaps the best rendition I have heard of this great old song.Keep it up and Thank You!

NJ Rauch

Love your "stories" CD; takes me home!!
Look forward to your summer concert in BEND, OR in July. You guys are great; love your harmonies and choice of songs. Have a great summer. NJ

Susanne Rauch

Branching Out

Terri Weninger

Ballads to Blues to Bad relationships....
This CD is rich in quality and diverse in material. These girls just keep getting better as time goes by. Finally got to see them in person in Newport last month and there wasn't a person in the house that left there without a smile on their face...thanks for sharing a "Slice of Life" with us! Keep it coming!


This is just great! Nice to take on car trips, with no radio stations to lesson

Len Garrett

Pure pleasure with many memories
Barbara Ellen, Black Muddy River, so many great renditions It's hard to pick a favorite. A 'You Done Good" is an understatement.


Makes me happy
Stellar album. Timeless magical and pure. The honesty of this album rings true in the musicianship and the volcal qualities. It takes me back to good moments in life.

Joe Ross

Misty River’s charming je ne sais quoi is full of imagination & imagery
Playing Time – 48:53 -- Besides being their fifth album, “Stories” is also a tenth anniversary musical celebration for Oregon-based Misty River, a quartet of women whose marketing catchphrase accurately promotes their “compelling voices of acoustic Americana.” Meeting at bluegrass jams and open mics back in 1997, the still unsigned band began performing full-time and touring cross-country about 2000 in their motor home named Annabelle. It’s just a matter of time before a national label like Rounder Records or Sugar Hill takes note of their potential and musicianship of Dana Abel (accordion), Carol Harley (guitar, banjo), Chris Kokesh (fiddle), and Laura Quigley (bass). Produced by Todd Phillips, he mixes in some percussion on five tracks.

Besides their four well-blended vocals, Misty River has a number of other strengths – impressive songwriting, unique covers, poignant arrangements, and enticing understated instrumentation that all lend immediacy to their story songs. The emotional depth on “Stories” is drawn out of ballads about people, places, memories, and just plain ol’ life in general in a song like Carol Harley’s “Life is Good.” Or take Dana Abel’s lively “Slice of Life,” for instance. The characters encountered on Portland city bus #36 include “tired folks, wired folks and those in between.” Dana also wrote music for “Louisa” based on a poem by Alice Anne Martineau. While there are many versions of the traditional “Barbara Ellen,” Misty River’s melancholic rendition has a hard-hearted edge brought home by the fiddle after the rose and briar tie their post-mortem true love’s knot. Each beautiful song offers its own observations about human experiences, attitudes, or beliefs.

Popular for the last few decades in China, a dreamy “Gan Lan Shu (The Olive Tree)” has Chris and Dana singing nostalgically in Chinese about a hometown far away. The leanest singer/songwriter fare is Chris Kokesh’s solo self-penned “Time Goes By,” accompanied only by her guitar. “I cut the pieces from my memory / All tired out and worn I have held them so many times But now they're heavy in my arms.” Perhaps a little harmony on the chorus would’ve embellished the arrangement. Drawing upon material from another brilliant songwriter, Steve Young’s “Old Memories (Man Nothing To Me)” has a similar theme of time passing and flying by. I wonder if the girls learned the song from Del McCoury’s 1992 cover of it. Or if they picked up Daniel Lanois’ “Black Hawk” from Emmy Lou’s Wrecking Ball album that he produced. Regardless of how Misty River finds their material, their radiant “Stories” album shows that they are graceful interpreters who can be pleasantly nostalgic, blissfully romantic, or thoughtfully sensual. The soothing melody-driven result is Misty River’s charming je ne sais quoi. Full of imagination and imagery, the album takes us on journey. Even though the road is long and slow, these four women keep right on rolling and always remembering and calling for a watchful eye over their friends and fans along the way. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now rossjoe at hotmail dot com )


Another great album!
Another great album!