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Cold Rains of Winter

by Rainy Pass

Hot original bluegrass and country music from a premier Pacific Northwest band.
Genre: Country: Bluegrass
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1. Kentucky Pride
3:05 album only
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2. The Ring Behind the Glass
3:16 album only
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3. Eight More Miles to Louisville
2:58 album only
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4. Steel Lake Breakdown
3:14 album only
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5. Dry County
3:53 album only
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6. A Run for Your Love
2:33 album only
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7. The Devil Underground
4:12 album only
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8. High Divide
3:32 album only
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9. Wild Desert Canyon
3:17 album only
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10. Painting the Town with My Tears
4:00 album only
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11. Cold Rains of Winter
3:41 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Bluegrass Unlimited (December 2001): "Rainy Pass is a galvanizing bluegrass aggregation based in the Pacific Northwest, who play a charismatic brand of luegrass. "Cold Rains of Winter" is apparently the band's debut release and proves to be a spine-tingling package consisting mostly of well crafted originals. The quintet is comprised of musicians who collectively bring many years of experience together to create a well oiled music machine.

Individual members of Rainy Pass are Nancy Riccio (bass and vocals), Don Share (guitar and vocals), Alan Ehrlich (banjo and vocals), John Tubbs (mandolin and vocals), and fiddler Paul Elliott. Orville Johnson (resonator guitar) guests on the instrumental "Dry County" and "Painting the Town With My Tears." Nancy Riccio is the band's prime songwriter, having contributed eight of the eleven selections, including such titles as "Kentucky Pride," "Dry County," "The Ring Behind the Glass," "The Devil Underground," and "A Run for Your Love." Paul Elliott and Alan Ehrlich each present a pair of exciting instrumentals, "Steel Lake Breakdown" and "High Divide," respectively. The Grandpa Jones classic, "Eight More Miles to Louisville," rounds out the line-up for this provocative offering of contemporary bluegrass. If the contents of "Cold Rains of Winter" are any indication, the future for Rainy Pass is indeed filled with promise and excitement."


Victory Music Review (September 2001) says: "Rainy Pass has all the tools -- fresh music, tight harmonies, great musicianship, and the ability to project feeling into both the vocal and instrumental work. Add Rainy Pass to the list of great Northwest bluegrass bands. Up at the top!"

Rainy Pass is one of the most exciting new bands to emerge from the Northwest bluegrass scene in years, featuring some of the hottest singers and pickers around, with a unique twist: Nearly all of its repertoire consists of innovative, original material. This Seattle-based band has a fresh, distinctive sound that combines the best of traditional and contemporary bluegrass, appealing to a wide range of tastes.

The Rainy Pass sound is characterized by soulful, driving lead vocals; tight, smooth harmonies; and expressive, tasteful picking. Perhaps most importantly, Rainy Pass delivers a highly professional, entertaining stage show that is sure to delight many types of audiences

Rainy Pass features:

Nancy Riccio Acoustic Bass, Vocals:
Rainy Pass is unique in having a female lead singer with the raw power, edge, and soul of a Del McCoury or James King. Nancy's vocals are supported by her rock-solid bass playing. A top finalist in the prestigious 1999 Northwest Songwriter's Contest, Nancy crafts most of the band's material. She is a featured backup artist on a CD by Seattle blues legend Brian Butler and played with the popular band Sockeye for several years. Nancy was recently honored to be selected for this year's IBMA Songwriter Showcase in Louisville, Kentucky.

John Tubbs Mandolin, Vocals:
Rainy Pass is proud to showcase the talents of John Tubbs, a veteran performer and an exceptional mandolin player. John is a former Western Canadian mandolin champion and has played bluegrass for over 20 years. He is best known for his work with such notable local bands as Northern Pacific and City Limits. Not only does John provide the hard-driving, rhythmic element that is essential to the traditional bluegrass sound, he also writes terrific songs and is featured on Northern Pacific's acclaimed recording "Lone Pine."

Don Share Guitar, Vocals:
Don is simply one of the best bluegrass guitar players around. His exquisite sense of rhythm and tastefully executed guitar runs punctuate and drive the Rainy Pass sound. Don's precise harmonies shape the band's rich vocal blend and his lead singing provides the perfect complement to Nancy's more traditional style. Don has been a respected musician around the Northwest bluegrass scene for many years and was a founding member of the band Who's Driving?, a Seattle favorite.

Paul Elliott Fiddle, Vocals:
One of the premier fiddle players in the Northwest, Paul has played bluegrass and other styles for 25 years and has toured with such prominent artists as The Good Old Persons and Michelle Shocked. His supportive playing embraces a delightful blend of traditional influences. His recording experience is extensive and features many radio, television, and film scores, and a long list of CDs that include Scott Nygard's "No Hurry" on the Rounder label.

Alan Ehrlich Banjo, Vocals:
Rainy Pass is fortunate to feature Alan Ehrlich, a talented singer and multi-instrumentalist. Alan brings a rich and diverse musical background to the band. He was a member of the Boulder, Colorado-based band Quarter Moon for many years. The only predictable aspect of Alan's lead and backup playing is that it is always exceptionally creative and tasteful! Alan also writes material for the band, with a particular flair for satire.

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Henry Netzer

Superb, Innovative and Contemporary Bluegrass
The songs, female vocals and the instrumentals are upbeat, crisp and outstanding.
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Brook Crowley

Gone but Never Forgotten!
They're no more, unfortunately, but who cares, Rainy Pass were (and I think, still are) a bluegrass band with an attitude. Having a bluegrass band with a girl (Nancy Riccio)playing doghouse bass and singing most of the lead vocals is, I think, pretty handy. It's a great CD all round, I love the opener, "Kentucky Pride" and "Steel Lake Breakdown" best of all. This is a must for any bluegrass fan's CD collection!
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Kathy Boyd

Warmth, humor, charm are icing on the cake to their instrumental & vocal talents
If you live within 100 miles of a Rainy Pass performance, lock up the dog, hire a babysitter, and get yourself a good seat at whatever venue they’re playing. This is one of those bands whose warmth, humor, and charm are icing on the cake to their instrumental and vocal talents. If they aren’t appearing in a state near you, this CD will not only give you a taste of what you’re missing, but it will give you the incentive to go hear Rainy Pass perform. “Cold Rains of Winter” will also help you relive the memories of hearing Rainy Pass in live setting. I can’t listen to this CD without the traditional “nogaine” joke that appears in every Rainy Pass show running through my mind!

“Cold Rains of Winter” is chock full of the stellar songwriting skills of Nancy Riccio, who not only sings lead and harmony, but keeps everything together with her rock solid bass playing. Recently featured in a songwriting showcase at the International Bluegrass Musician’s Association convention in Louisville, Kentucky, Ms. Riccio writes songs that are catchy, tell a good story, have interesting chord and note progressions, and leave you wanting another song, and then another, and then another out of her. Although I would not be surprised to hear the “big boys” performing Nancy’s songs in the near future, I don’t think there’s a singer out there who can sing them quite like she can. Nancy’s voice cries with the lost soul of the mountains. She leads you to believe that she has lived every word she has every written.

My two disappointments with this CD are that at slightly over a half hour long it leaves me wanting more (not a bad thing), and that Rainy Pass chose to highlight the instruments over the vocals in this recording so I had to really listen to hear the vocals on some tracks (again, not a bad thing to make someone stop and listen to what you’re saying).

Three songs on “Cold Rains of Winter” are not written by Ms. Riccio. Grandpa Jones’ “Eight More Miles to Louisville” is one of my favorite cuts on the CD. You can tell by the energy level that the band had a great time recording this one. Fiddle player Paul Elliott wrote “Steel Lake Breakdown” , which is a catchy showcase for his talents. Alan Elrich has added “High Divide” to the collection. There are many things about this tune that almost guarantee you’ll be hearing it at jams around the Northwest in the summer of 2002. Rounding out the talents of Rainy Pass are guitarist Don Share and mandolin player John Tubbs. Special guest Orville Johnson appears on two songs, “Dry Country” and “Painting the Town with My Tears”.

“Cold Rains of Winter” was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Joe Wilmhoff of The Laural Inn Studio in Seattle, Washington who also produced it in conjunction with Dale Adkins. This recording is so incredibly “clean” that you can hear every note on every instrument throughout the entire CD. Joe has done an incredible job of showcasing the talents of Rainy Pass. As stated earlier, if you can’t go see them live, buy the CD. You won’t be disappointed.
(Review by Kathy Boyd, Ground Zero Sound and Promotions)
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