Patty Stevenson & Craig Siemsen | Paint Me a Picture

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Paint Me a Picture

by Patty Stevenson & Craig Siemsen

This tapestry of acoustic Americana features classic folk harmonies, outstanding guitar and piano, and the beautiful stylings of fiddler extraordinaire Maria Terres and dobro master Jerry Danks. "An acoustically good marriage!" - Madison's Capitol Times
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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1. Red Wing Boots
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3:17 $0.99
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2. Across the Great Divide
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4:06 $0.99
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3. It Is What It Is
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3:42 $0.99
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4. On My Grandma's Patchwork Quilt
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3:11 $0.99
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5. Paint Me a Picture
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2:57 $0.99
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6. Living in Waltztime
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5:21 $0.99
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7. Tomb of the Soul
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2:36 $0.99
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8. Step By Step
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4:13 $0.99
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9. You've Been a Friend to Me
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3:59 $0.99
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10. Torn Between Two Boxes (Attic Song)
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2:52 $0.99
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11. You Go, I Go
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4:29 $0.99
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12. One Last Time
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5:26 $0.99
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13. A Song for Zhanna / Fantasy-Impromptu C# Minor (feat. Zhanna Dawson)
Patty Stevenson
4:48 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Paint Me a Picture features some of Patty and Craig’s best songwriting, as well as a few of their favorite songs by artists including Larry Penn, Kate Wolf, Brett Kemnitz and AP Carter. Beautiful, provocative, and at times funny, this tapestry of Americana features their classic harmonies and instrumentation, with beautiful support by fiddler extraordinaire Maria Terres and dobro master Jerry Danks.

Described as genuinely talented with classic folk voices, Patty Stevenson and Craig Siemsen are known for their gorgeous harmonies, impeccable musicianship, playful stage humor, and jewel-like original songs.

"Storytelling and melody come together for a sound that embraces all that is Americana" - Milwaukee's Shepherd Express
“(The songs) jumped out like old pals.” ~ MARK DVORAK
"Classic folk voices...a real pleasure" - Santa Fe Summerscene

Song descriptions:

“Red Wing Boots” - Using his Grandpa’s work boot of choice as a way to frame this portrait song, Craig takes the listener across the Great Plains to an earlier time in central Kansas when farming was king.
Americana, humor with guitar

“Across the Great Divide” - written by the late great singer/songwriter Kate Wolf, this track features dobro, the perfect companion to Kate’s powerful imagery as she her reflects on her life.
Americana, folk with guitar, fiddle, dobro

“It Is What It Is” - This simple, common expression, becomes a point of philosophical reflection.
Americana, humor with guitar, fiddle, dobro

“On My Grandma’s Patchwork Quilt” - Just like Grandma’s precious quilt stitched by hand and lovingly passed down, Larry Penn’s brilliant song is a treasure that wraps us in a grandma’s love while encouraging us to work for peace.
folk with guitar

“Paint Me a Picture” - This title cut about friendship, features Craig’s brilliant flat-picking guitar leads and the duo’s signature harmonies.
folk with guitar

“Living in Waltztime” - Songwriter Brett Kemnitz playfully presents a life of peace, ease and culture, if we only lived it in 3/4 rhythm.
folk with guitar, piano

Tomb of the Soul - A church service inspired reflection on life and death.
folk, blues with guitar, dobro

“Step by Step” - a delicate, lyrical piece with gorgeous piano accompaniment about life, mountain trails, and growing up. Inspired by Patty’s many hikes in the Rocky Mountains. themes: mountains, nature, life transitions, children growing up,
folk with piano

“You’ve Been a Friend to Me” - This classic Carter family tune is wonderfully presented with fiddle, guitar, and harmonies.
Americana, folk with guitar, fiddle

“Torn Between Two Boxes (Attic Song)” - an upbeat humorous song about cleaning out your attic.
folk with guitar

“You Go, I Go” - dedicated to the hard working people of Wisconsin, and to workers around the world, who struggle to be treated with fairness and to have a voice.
folk with guitar

“One Last Time” - honors the incredible place music has in our lives; whether we are performers, listeners, or one of the many volunteers that make a space for the magic of folk music in our communities.
folk with guitar, dobro and fiddle

“A Song for Zhanna” - written by Patty Stevenson: piano & vocal (classical piano, folk voice)
“Excerpt from Fantasy-Impromptu C# minor” by Chopin* Zhanna Dawson: piano

“A Song for Zhanna” was inspired by the true story of my amazing piano teacher, Zhanna Dawson, as told by her son Greg in his book “Hiding in the Spotlight”. One of the only known survivors of Drobitsky Yar, a Ukrainian ravine where an estimated 16,000 Jews were executed, Zhanna survived the war by playing piano for the Nazis under an assumed name. While being forced to leave her home with her family, 14-year-old Zhanna ran back to retrieve the sheet music for Chopin’s Fantasy-Impromptu.
© 2015 Words and music by Patty Stevenson (BMI)

The brilliant solo piano performance you hear at the end of “A Song for Zhanna” is from a 1975 live recording of Zhanna at Indiana University in Bloomington.*  1975, The Trustees of Indiana University. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

To learn more about Zhanna Dawson’s extraordinary story, I encourage you to read her son’s book. “Hiding in the Spotlight: A Musical Prodigy’s Story of Survival, 1941–1946”, by Greg Dawson, published by Pegasus Books. Used with permission.



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