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Roses Guide To Time Travel

by Nancy K. Dillon

AVANT GUARDE AMERICANA: 11 original songs of authentic Okie-roots music from award-winning songwriter soulful singer in her 2nd solo outing - songs about time, trains, forgiveness, redemption, lovers dancing in the desert plus a murder ballad ghost story.
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1. All the Pretty America
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2. Last Town on the Line
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3. Desert Song
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4. Looks Like Rain
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5. The Ground She Walks On
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6. New Train
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7. No Goodbyes
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8. Good Old Friends
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9. Portland
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10. Glory Days
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11. Sweet Honey
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Album Notes
Roses Guide To Time Travel ~ #15 Roots Music Report ~ #20 Folk DJ Radio Chart ~ #22 FAR (Freeform American Roots) Chart
Rose Rock Records is thrilled to announce the release of Nancy K. Dillon’s long anticipated follow-up to her well-received widely acclaimed 2004 debut CD Just Let Me Dream. Roses Guide To Time Travel showcases Dillon’s okie-roots authenticity and soulfully intelligent take on Americana music with 11 original songs in her subtle and concise lyrical style. "The fancy term for Dillon's kind of writing is mythopoeia,” says one reviewer. Songs about trains, depot stations and a slightly crumbling industrial landscape share the spotlight with songs of gently aging rockstars and fading beauty. Add a murder ballad ghost story, a paean to Portland OR, lovers dancing among crimson stones in the desert and some old-fashioned tornado-chasing and you begin get a sense of what Roses Guide To Time Travel is about. Musical contributions made on both sides of the Pond include Danny Barnes (Bad Livers), Grammy award-winner Stacy Phillips on Dobro, Gavin Sutherland (Sutherland Brothers & Quiver), Steve Smith (Hard Road), Chris Parks (Any Trouble), Ian Lang & MJ Bishop. Recorded by Grammy-winning engineer Garey Shelton (The Believers/Danny O’Keefe) in Seattle along with tracks flown in from Scotland, England, New
Mexico & Austin TX.

Avant-garde folk/Americana artist Nancy K. Dillon grew up in a musical family on the dusty plains of Oklahoma just 6 blocks from Route 66 and that ribbon of highway and possibility shaped her vision and musical sensibility. Dillon has shared stages with Kevin Welch, Jimmy LaFave, Clive Gregson, Gretchen Peters, Guy Clark, The Everly Brothers, Rachel Harrington & Ray Wylie Hubbard.

Release Date ~ March 28 2010 on Rose Rock Records
Produced by Michael Hill & Nancy K. Dillon



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Great music
Nancy's voice is clear and beautiful. The music reminds me some of the Dixie Chicks, The Indigo Girls, and even Eva Cassidy at times. It can described as folk music, but I think it crosses several genres. I love this album and highly recommend it. I'm going to go listen to it now!

Donald Goldsmith aka b.b. wolfe

Impeccable writing, balanced arrangements, a dash of wit, a wiggle of the butt and that unmistakable flawless voice can only mean one thing, Nancy K. Dillon has released an absolutely wonderful work in “roses guide to TIME TRAVEL.”

Dillon’s writing speaks of an America that has lost touch of itself, its ability to dream has given way to greed. As she looks back through the eye’s of Woody and Jack she longs for a new train, through lost loves and potential new ones. Her writing is steeped in the dusty roads that lead from one town to the other, in the rusty tracks that carried the dreams of so many.

This is a wonderful album.

Martin Deakin

Excellent Album
Roses Guide To Time Travel is a great follow up to Nancy's previous album Just Let Me Dream. You won't regret buying this, it'll be a great edition to your CD collecton.


A good year for the roses....
There’s no explanation in the press release as to why there’s been six years between the Oklahoma singer-songwriter’s debut and her apostrophe-challenged sophomore album, so just be grateful that it’s finally here.

Featuring contributions from such musicians as Danny Barnes, Gavin Sutherland and Stacy Phillips, as before, it’s a desert dust coated brew of bluegrass, folk, honky tonk, blues and country in service of songs about small towns, trains, highways, drifters, loving and losing, leaving and hanging in as, per the title, years pass by.

With a voice somewhere between Nanci Griffith, Judy Collins and the young Lucinda Williams, she opens the album with arguably its strongest song, the weary waltzing, concertina and banjo flecked All The Pretty Americans, an Obama dawn lament for a country’s loss of innocence and a hope for its awakening from its sleep.

While the focus may be micro rather than macro, it’s a similar theme that informs the album’s second standout and catchiest chorus, the penultimate Glory Days, a song about a faded rock star still clinging to memories of the past and hoping for a revival of his fortunes, even though ‘songs that used to run now can barely walk’.

Ringing a personal note, drawled and streaked with hillbilly blues and slide guitar, Last Town On The Line stems from the discovery that her grandfather was a trainman working the Missouri-Pacific line, and sets her to wondering if he might have encountered Woody Guthrie riding one of the box cars.

Guthrie’s invoked again on No Goodbyes, a tale a verse song about a Kerouac highway odyssey, a senorita shooting her cheating lover and a young man heading out to find fame with his guitar. Death rears its head too in The Ground She Walks On, a folk blues Southern gothic murder ballad ghost story that apparently began life as a tribute to her parents’ enduring love. Such are the strange tangents the creative mind can take.

Innocence and experience loom large. The first stirrings of a relationship form the heart of the bluegrassy Desert Song where, to Barnes’ banjo backing, the singer and her new beau go dancing down town as, giddy from his flaming gaze, she wonders ‘what will go down’.

That’s followed immediately by the sprightly hillbilly Looks Like Rain where, with what could be the same couple some years later, she observes that the summer’s gone and the storm’s bearing down fast. "I want to take off running" she sings, and, as she writes on the thumbnail sleevenotes, themes of escape and redemption are also woven into the sonorous desert blues New Train and the fairground waltzing paean to Portland.

All this and, in the line about how ‘a hummingbird has to drink a thousand times a day’ amid the romance metaphors of the bluesily soulful Sweet Honey, a lesson in natural history too. A good year for the Roses, then.


Mike Davies April 2010