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odd birds

by The Raventones

Brawny baritone guitar, fretless bass, drums and a stretchy dark yodel. Wool plaid meets hemp and velvet.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Two-tone Touring Car
5:29 $0.99
2. Walk With Me
3:23 $0.99
3. I Surrender
3:24 $0.99
4. Yellow Moon
3:56 $0.99
5. Unfolding
5:00 $0.99
6. Do You Want Me to Go
4:07 $0.99
7. I See You See Me
2:31 $0.99
8. Hush
4:08 $0.99
9. Dynamix
3:28 $0.99
10. White Crosses
6:50 $0.99
11. Blue Interlude
1:31 $0.99
12. Southbound #5 Blues
2:49 $0.99
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Album Notes
(2003 - Darkwater Music DWM005)

Out in the Oregon woods, The Raventones have home-built a solid first album in "Odd Birds". It's a thick but spacious mix of low-tuned guitars, forefront bass, vintage-style drums & intense vocals. Driven by twangy baritone electric guitar on some tracks, alter-tuned acoustic on others, the songs range from the brawny old-school soul attack of "Walk with Me", to the intimacy of "i surrender" and "hush" to the raging slide blues of "Southbound #5".

Bandleader TR Kelley's roots are in surf, country and R&B overlaid with the altered tunings and creative textures of West-Coast folk psychedelia. Anchored by the sparkle and snappy groove of Randy Hamme's vintage drums, the songs are fully realized yet never overproduced.

Before his public emergence as a drummer, Randy Hamme worked as a sound engineer. His creative use of both analog tape and digital formats in the recording for this CD is evident in the lush saturation of the instrumental tracks and the intimacy and power of the vocals.

"Odd Birds" is a vibrant quilt of ideas. Bossa-nova, spaghetti-western twang, a Mersey-beat twist, a live mono soundscape, even an 80's-style power ballad all make an appearance. Yet these seemingly disparate styles blend under the cohesiveness of TR Kelley's instrumentation and production concepts.
Stylistically, there are echoes of Ray Charles, Patsy Cline and the Ventures swirled in with Joni Mitchell, Jaco Pastorius and Michael Hedges, but The Raventones' way of mixing it all up, pitching it down low and giving it room to breathe & groove without cluttered production make it a truly unique listen.

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"Laid back guitars for surfing in the rain. ..... Kelley's vocals are hypnotic, a surge of power that makes the bulbs glow......." - Sara Warfield, WOW Hall Notes, Eugene Oregon

"( The Raventones' album) "Odd Birds" is a winner...... for its variety, evident talent and songs to get lost in." - Natasha Chilingerian, (University of) Oregon Daily Emerald

"TR Kelley is known to fans of Babes with Axes as the one with the growly voice who wouldn't take any lip from society. She brings an entirely different approach to the Raventones, one with a lot more depth, like the guitars and basses she plays with such feeling." - Mike Kelsey, WFHB-FM Bloomington, Indiana

"TR's voice is amazing in its tone and variety.... she moves from a powerful ballad to a dreamy, atmospheric piece, to a Delta blues." - Arthur Elliott, Radio 99.7FM, Brisbane, Australia

"Passion, nostalgia and of the Northwest's musical treasures" - Eugene Weekly 12/26/02

"On the surface, Kelley sounds somewhat like a disciple of Joni Mitchell in her Hejira and Don Juan's Reckless Daughter era. However, Kelley's guitar tunings are a little more reminiscent of Michael Hedges than Joni Mitchell, and that's Kelley herself playing bass." - Daniel Nestlerode, FAMA Internet Music Review



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Lili Finn

Nothing short of stunning.
I bought this CD on impulse after reading tr kelley's wise works on a Yahoo group we are both members of. Since I got it a few days ago, it's been on constant repeat in my CD player.

I loved it on first hearing, but was even more amazed to learn that tr kelley is THE one-and-only guitar artist on this CD. The complex, mellow, sweet and moody spell woven within this music will haunt me and delight me for years to come.

Peg Mefferd

Thumbs Up!
Mesh of words, music, voice and instruments are nothing but pure talent. Touchs the soul. Unique blending of soul, jazz, blues and country. White Crosses, Southbound #5 Blues, Yellow Moon and I Surrender are my top picks though I like them all.

Phillis Mann

TR's lyrics allowed me to see into her soul - great!
This cd should be shared by all. I loved all of her songs, especially White Crosses.

Kim Mann

TR's talent should be shared by the multitudes - Fabulous
White Crosses, what can I say. I've seen them along my old stretch of the hiway, and her song brought tears to my eyes. Her words make it easy to visualize the beauty and wickediness of the mountains gauntlet. Her talent should not be held behind these mts.

Sharron Innes

I am constantly amazed by TR's versatility and talent as a singer, songwriter an
Wow, I have all of TR's CD's, and this one takes a walk on the wild side. I am a blues, jazz, and country fan, and this CD covers them all for me; especially Walk with Me, Yellow Moon and White Crosses.

JoAn Avant Breth

Awsome! Can take you to a***** high A celebration of music power
Have heard lots of great music by this artist The masses should be exposed to this superb cd. I especially like yellow moon, southbound #5 blues and I see you see me. What voice and mood changes. Catches snatches of life and throws it at you with unbridled verve.

Sharon Trigg

Heard these songs at TR's shows; glad to have them on CD!
Wow, the Raventones has an incredible range of music on Odd Birds. I especially love the bossa nova sound of Yellow Moon and the tentative hurt of Do You Want Me to Go. You can hold your lighter up for the anthemic White Crosses. TR Kelley belts it out like nobody's business, but she also whispers soft and tender. Treat yourself to Odd Birds.

Mike Kraemer

Gives me chills! What a voice, So much soul!
T.R. Kelley in any of her incarnations is fantastic, and this new vehicle is nothing short of that. T.R. and Randy complement and charge each other, building on one another's strengths. Yellow Moon makes me swoon! I look forward to more from this duo in the future!

M. Garbo Seltzer

Cookin' fretless bass, cymbals, and vocals!
Randy Hamme's percussion is perfect on this CD, giving energy and life to tracks like "Yellow Moon" and "Two-Tone Touring Car." TR Kelley's vocal slides and fretless bass work are both controlled and free at the same time. odd birds is both instantly likeable and a CD I like to keep in rotation so I can hear little percussion and guitar bits I never noticed before.

Vickie Callison

I have listen to alot of T.R.'s music but this cd is the best!!Walk With Me gets you fired up and then White Crosses can really touch the heart.It is a CD worth having!!
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