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Drive

by Paula Held

Combines the soulful jazz of Norah Jones and the poetic lyricism of Joni Mitchell. "A beautifully produced folk-pop gem!" - Jim Patton, Edge City ~ a vivid sensual lexicon." ~ Rob Patterson, Music Critic, Austin TX
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1. I Need To Drive
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2. Shoop Ta Sho
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3. I Don't Care About the Moon
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4. You're My Falling Star
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5. Watermelon Moon Eyes
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6. Winter Blossom
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7. Tumbleweed Heart
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8. Moon's Too Bright
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9. You Got Love
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10. Our Goodbyes
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Review of DRIVE
By Alison Moore, Author, National Endowment for the Arts, Dobie/Paisano Fellowship winner

"DRIVE" is a personal cartography, a songline of the heart. If, as the Aborigine of Australia believed, it is necessary to sing one’s way through all the landmarks leading home, then "DRIVE" is this woman’s audible map. The route marks not just a heart's exterior migratory routes, but the off-season pathways to the soul’s interior. Longing fuels this journey from east and west; to the north and south, the trajectory of faith and hope. [This] CD was conceived in metaphorical restlessness, yet cached in a paradoxical but complimentary stillness. To create this work, Held had to sit down and wait for all that had been set in motion to catch up and coalesce into a single space and time.

Paula’s voice originates in that dusk between day and night: sensual, breathless, determined, playful. Around her acoustic guitar accompaniment there’s a rich texture woven into Stephen Doster’s intuitive production. Horns and a Hammond organ add sultry undertones to the jazzy mix, rounding out the foundation of piano, bass, drums, and electric guitar from some of Austin’s most seasoned session players.

"DRIVE" is a CD for the road. Something to slide into the slot on, say, Highway 50, The Loneliest Road, in Nevada. Or the four-lane maze around Miami. Or simply pulled over on the shoulder, watching the moon in the rear view mirror rise over the Sangre de Christo Mountains. No matter where the location of listening turns out to be, this is music to be soothed and stirred by on the long road from elsewhere to home.

Review of DRIVE
By Rob Patterson, Music Critic, Austin TX

From the initial notes and first words sung by Paula Held on her album "DRIVE," it’s obvious you’re in the presence of something special, from a singer writer whose work draws from and touches the mind, body and soul. With a voice as immediately familiar and tender as a dear friend or fondly remembered lover, Held spins her songs from natural imagery, heartfelt emotions, and a vivid sensual lexicon. She draws from the finest and most sophisticated strains across the breadth of popular music to weave a sound that transcends genre to become timeless and endearing. "DRIVE" glows with riches to be savored time and again as ... visionary facets and evocative pleasures are revealed with every successive listen. It’s an album, as the title implies, that transports the listener to that realm where the magic happens.

Launching the 10-song collection with the warm breeze of “I Need To Drive,” Held takes you on a rich musical and lyrical journey through scenic and mystical places. She paints such redolent images as “a shimmering sapphire shy,” “a chandelier of stars,” “Musclewoods, all dipped in mercury and silver,” “heavenly bodies suspended in space” and “rainbows to chase” atop a canvas of luxuriant musicality. Along the way you meet fellow travelers with a “Tumbleweed Heart” or “Watermelon Moon Eyes,” savor touches of romanticism under the midnight sky with “You’re My Falling Star” and “I Don't Care About the Moon,” and tap your feet the soulful bop of “Shoop Ta Sho,” lit by a deliciously muted trumpet. The reflective “Winter Blossom” and “Moon’s Too Bright” draw out archetypal feelings we all share, and by the time she closes the album with the warm embers of “Our Goodbyes,” you know you’ve made the acquaintance of a new and wonderful musical companion who is a delightfully welcome addition to your life.

Review of DRIVE
By John William Davis, Singer-Songwriter, Kerrville New Folk winner

I enthusiastically recommend Paula Held’s debut album, Drive, because it’s a love album. By that, I don’t mean that all the songs are about human love, though most are. Rather, it is an album by someone who has had a longstanding romance with words and music and who retains a real fidelity to the integrity of emotion that a song should convey. The songs on Drive transport the listener. The title cut feels so much like a lazy Sunday afternoon drive along country back roads. You can almost hear the Texas Panhandle wind in “Tumbleweed Heart”. Especially interesting to me are melodies and progressions in songs like ’Watermelon Moon Eyes’ and ’Moon’s Too Bright’. These are some of the most subdued songs on the album, but here, surprisingly, Paula takes the greatest chances with the music, continually surprising the ear with where she takes her melodies and progressions. Even as the listener is lulled by the ’softness’ of these songs, he or she is continually kept off balance by the surprising twists and turns that the music is making. The sum effect is a sort of dreamy drunkenness: just the sort of spell one might expect from a high-summer moon. I won't try to dissect every song on the album but simply say that, for me at least, all these cuts have a powerful emotive quality. Transport. That's the operative word, and I suppose this is a very well named album.

I should add that Stephen Doster’s arrangements and production seem pretty much right on target here, always interesting but never heavy handed, and thus one of Paula’s greatest strengths, the kind of plaintive innocence of her voice, is never swallowed up by accompaniment.

To conclude, if you are looking for something that sounds like something you already know, this probably isn’t the album for you. Though you’ll catch whiffs of Cheryl and Rickie Lee and some classic tin pan alley, ultimately, this is a wonderfully unique creation . . . And Paula Held, if you’ll pardon the pun, can certainly hold her own with those better known names. Take Drive out for a test spin. I think you’ll find the experience addictive. I sure did.

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES from concert hosts, reviewers and award winning artists:

“Bluesy and excellent.” ~ Paul Barker, Barker House Concerts, Austin TX

“A beautifully produced, folk-pop gem.” ~ Jim Patton, of Edge City, Austin TX

“Like the untethered balloon on the cover of "Drive", Paula Held poetically transcends typical expressions of emotional terra firma. Jazzy and Fresh. I like it!” ~ Lane Gosnay, The Bugle Boy, LaGrange TX

“Paula's intriguing stories and love songs, her soothing voice, and intricate guitar playing, absolutely stole the show at our house concert.” ~ Pat Martinek House Concerts, Golden CO

"Held spins her songs from natural imagery and a vivid sensual lexicon." ~ Rob Patterson, Music Critic, Austin TX

“The nuance and heart in Paula’s voice shines through and the intimacy of the production surrounds her beautifully.” ~ Christine Albert, Singer Songwriter, Austin TX

"Paula’s voice originates in that dusk between day and night: sensual, breathless, determined, playful." ~ Alison Moore, Author & 2009 National Endowment for the Arts winner

“... the sum effect is a sort of dreamy drunkenness: just the sort of spell one might expect from a high-summer moon.” ~ New Folk Winner John William Davis, Denver CO

“Austin songstress Paula Held mixes the introspective poetry of Joni Mitchell with the soft jazz of Norah Jones in her debut disc. Stephen Doster's understated production lets her endlessly inventive melodies shine through. I'm enjoying it more with each listen.” ~ Steve Brooks, Award-winning Singer Songwriter, Austin TX

"... an album by someone who has had a longstanding romance with words and music and who retains a real fidelity to the integrity of emotion that a song should convey." ~ John William Davis, Singer-Songwriter, Kerrville New Folk winner, Denver CO

“Paula could sing the phone book and make every one around want to listen.” ~ David Brown, Songwriter, Austin TX

“Paula Held lit up my living room with her engaging presence, beautiful voice, and wonderful songs.” Jeffrey Mandel, House On The Lake Concerts, Tallahassee, FL

"Though you’ll catch whiffs of Cheryl [Crow] and Rickie Lee and some classic tin pan alley, ultimately, [DRIVE] is a wonderfully unique creation. Take DRIVE out for a test spin. I think you’ll find the experience addictive. I sure did." ~ John William Davis, Singer-Songwriter, Kerrville New Folk winner, Denver CO

"[Held's] voice [is] as immediately familiar and tender as a dear friend or fondly remembered lover." ~ Rob Patterson, Music Critic, Austin TX

"Stephen Doster’s ... production [is] never heavy handed, and thus one of Paula’s greatest strengths, the kind of plaintive innocence of her voice, is never swallowed up by accompaniment.” ~ New Folk Winner John William Davis, Denver CO

“Paula Held's sultry voice, combined with the jazzy arrangements of her songs makes "Drive" a wonderful listening experience.” ~ Joe Angel, Random Routes, KEOS, College Station TX

“Excellent songwriting, great atmosphere. Paula Held catches us with her delightful jazzy album.” ~ Fred Schmale, Real Roots Cafe, The Netherlands

“Paula isn’t exactly musical but she’ll be DAMNED if the other kids can do something she can’t so she sits at the piano by the hour.” ~ Marilyn Custer, Paula's Mom, when she was 6

“Your CD is in heavy rotation in my car.” ~ David Halley, Singer-Songwriter, Austin TX

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