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"Grateful" is the highly anticipated third release by the duo Open Book ( Michele and Rick Gedney). Together they weave lush, soaring harmonies and textural guitar parts with thoughtful, poetic lyrics to create that unique "Open Book" sound.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Butterfly
3:31 $0.99
2. Grateful
4:11 $0.99
3. This Is Yours Now
5:18 $0.99
4. Open Your Heart
4:39 $0.99
5. Second Chance
3:44 $0.99
6. Persuasion
5:43 $0.99
7. Sounds Like Rain
3:50 $0.99
8. The Earth Will Move
3:44 $0.99
9. The Night Before
3:37 $0.99
10. Learning to Fall
4:06 $0.99
11. Turning
3:47 $0.99
12. Safe and Sound
5:12 $0.99
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Album Notes
Open Book’s third release “Grateful” includes ten original songs plus a reinterpretation of a classic Beatles’ song, “The Night Before” and the beautiful, “Persuasion”, written by Richard Thompson and Tim Finn.

Michele Gedney (vocals, guitars) and Rick Gedney (vocals, guitars, mandolin) were joined by many talented musicians on this project.

Mark Murphy, Bass
Al Hemberger, Bass
Jay Nicholas, Bass
Sara Milonovich, Violin
Dan Bonis, Lap Steel Guitar
Dave McNamara, Drums
Mike LaRocco, Drums
Lindsay Rubin, Backing Vocals

“Grateful” (2015) follows the release of “Out of Time” (2001) and “The Things We Keep” (2006)

"In pop music, stealth and restraint often go unheralded, yet these qualities are every bit as important as flash and dazzle; subtlety, in the right hands, can pack as much punch as obviousness. Husband-and-wife duo Michele and Rick Gedney, aka Open Book, know all of this, and their third CD, Grateful, exemplifies the low-key power of haunting melody buttressed with expansive harmony, the satisfaction of adroit wordplay entwined with skillfully understated musicianship. Perhaps you'd forgotten the deep pleasures of a pulsing beat switching from straight time to cut time, an undistorted Stratocaster layered over a bed of acoustic strumming, a lap steel mournfully keening at the edge of a song. Grateful will remind you. Ace drummer Dave McNamara captured Grateful at the Gedneys' home in Cold Spring. He populates it with some of the Catskills' finest Americana musos, and their additions of color and feel help make this radio-ready collection shine. All originals but one are Michele's, and her distillation powers are impressive indeed; the title track is both longing and celebration; "This is Yours Now" makes loss a thing of breathless beauty; "The Earth Will Move" is whispered, but potent, encouragement. Meanwhile, Rick's accompaniment—as distinctive harmony vocalist, co-arranger, and guitarist—cannot be underestimated. Those Gedney harmonies get showcased to great effect on Open Book's take on Lennon and McCartney's "The Night Before"—rebooted here as a great ballad—and the Richard Thompson/Neil Finn folk-pop gem "Persuasion." Bittersweet rarely sounds so good, or needed." By Robert Burke Warren, Chronogram Magazine

"Open Book is the working identity of singer/songwriters Michele Rubin and Rick Gedney. An amalgam of folk inflected styles with tunes that concern themselves with love and loss, their music crosses into the urban landscape as easily as it inhabits and embraces it’s rural roots. The duo’s harmonies are sublime and tastefully evocative; their music is amply fulfilling and the structures incorporate sounds that travel far outside the standard instrumentation of the base genre to incorporate sounds from the city and world.” John Hammel, homegrownradionj.com

"Blown away by the HARMONIES! People, they're exquisite....live, their vocals are really front and center where they damn well should be. Michele's pristine tone, at times reminiscent of Shawn Colvin's, just soars and Rick's voice complements hers beautifully...shines on his own too." Sam Tallerico, WVKR Radio

"Open Book is a folk-rock duo, yes, but the big advantage of having two co-leaders in harmony and agreement rests on the spectrum of influence and experience each brings to the table...songcraft and soul-filling vocals of sterling quality..."Thomas Staudter, The Gazette/The New York Times

"Open Book's songs build on Rick and Michele's beautiful and entwining harmonies, achieving an incantatory power." Jim Motavalli, WPKN Radio

Open Book has shared the stage with many amazing musicians including Ellis Paul, Buddy and Julie Miller, Lucy Kaplansky, Stacy Earle, Freedy Johnston, Modern Man, Ian Matthews, Jon Pousette Dart, Richard Shindell, Christine Lavin, Karen Savoca, Pete Heitzman, Sloan Wainwright, Sara Milonovich, Greg Anderson, Andy Goessling, Joe Crookston,



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Steve Laifer

I'm Grateful Too!
Wow! Just had a listen. So beautiful - and soulful. I'm Grateful too! - for this CD. I am so fond of these artful and expressive songs; it's a treat to hear them recorded so beautifully. Michele and Rick should be pleased and proud "parents".
Thank you Open Book for sharing your music and enriching people's lives.