Bill Pfanner | Memories of Graffiti Bridge

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Memories of Graffiti Bridge

by Bill Pfanner

Contemporary Urban-Western songs blending country, jazz, folk and Broadway; "intelligent country" music does not need to be an oxymoron.
Genre: Country: Modern Country
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1. Country Superstar
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2. Memories of Graffiti Bridge
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3. She's Leaving Me For California
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4. Black Coffee'n Cigarettes
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5. Drowning Again
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6. Divorced Woman's Blues
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7. My Expletive Expletive Ex
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8. Alicia
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9. Prayer From Reno
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10. Un Unusually Cool Summer
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11. The Family Album
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Bill Pfanner is a singer-songwriter who writes intelligent country songs (this is not an oxymoron). His songs blend country, blues, jazz and broadway, creating a unique urban-western sound. His smart lyrics will make you laugh, cry and think all at the same time. His unique storytelling style and memorable melodies will take you on a journey into the joys and pains of contemporary American life.

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Rick Lindholtz

Emotionally Exposed, melodic poetry that's a treat to the ears and heart
Someone described this disc to me as a blend of Hank Williams, Joni Mitchell, and Stephen Sondheim. It's an apt characterization, but I'd throw in Rod McKuen as well. The title track and "Unusually Cool Summer" in particular feel like sung poetry, in a very pleasing way.

Several of Bill's tracks reveal a heart scarred by betrayal and loss, like a Tin Man who'd prefer to return to his painless former state. "She's Leaving me for California" and "Unusually Cool Summer" both have this quality.

Others are just fun romps, like the opener, "Country Superstar" and "Black Coffee 'n Cigarettes". "Expletive Expletive Ex" sounds like someone who wants to let rip with a primal scream of rage, but really can't get past a basically good heart and nature, so he decides to have a little fun in a song.

Bill has teamed with Dave Buehler and a few other friends on this disc, and their contributions (particularly arranger/pianist Buehler) can't be overlooked. They beautifully add to the texture and flavor of the whole project.

I loved "Prayer From Reno". I imagine it's partly because I am attracted to songs about prayer, especially those which touch on truths like the one taught by his mother in the lyric. As one convinced in the power of grace to touch lives, I found myself in prayer as I listened.

While I DO want to know what led Pfanner to write a song named after my wife ; ) I'll admit that my favorite song is the closer, Family Album. It features all the best qualities of this varied collection: emotional honesty, lack of pretense, warmth, and a friendly invitation to share the in these stories.

rick@lindholtz.net
http://miles.lindholtz.net
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