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Night Opens

by Rich Price

Literate, lyric driven 'fock' -folk/rock-. Nick Drake meets Paul Simon meets David Gray.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Empty Glass
3:54 $0.99
2. Ain't No Lights
3:31 $0.99
3. She Knows
4:08 $0.99
4. Rubicon
4:56 $0.99
5. Sweet Elizabeth
3:23 $0.99
6. Night Opens
1:21 $0.99
7. Love Come Back
4:04 $0.99
8. Free Will
4:18 $0.99
9. Lillianne
1:47 $0.99
10. Full of Steam
4:55 $0.99
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Album Notes
"For me, songwriting only works when you're able to convey some emotional truth," says singer-songwriter Rich Price. "When you can do that, you're going to connect with someone, and that's my measure of success."

Born in Nigeria to an English mother and an American father stationed there on business, Price lived in the Ivory Coast, Taiwan, Hong Kong and London before his family settled in the San Francisco Bay area. For Price, music was an early antidote to a complicated life. "Ever since I was a toddler, I would pound on the piano and sit for hours making up songs," he remembers. "I got my first guitar at fourteen, and started writing songs when I was in high school, but I never thought I would make a life out of this." Price wrote songs and played in various bands while attending college in Middlebury, Vermont before attending graduate school at Oxford University. "I thought I would become a high school history teacher," he recalls.

After returning from England, Price sent his demos to his old roommate, Pete Francis of the New England band Dispatch. Francis urged Price to make a record of his own, and Price soon found his teaching plans derailed. "We went into this Rhode Island studio with a thought that we would make a three-song demo," Price says now. "We wound up recording eleven songs that day. Instead of having a demo, I had a record. Then I thought, 'Well, maybe I'll just tour a little and see what happens. And when I did, I felt like I was connecting with people."

It's easy to see why: Informed by childhood heroes like Paul Simon, Van Morrison and Tom Petty, but with a sensibility that's thoroughly modern, Price's tales of romantic melancholy, of love lost and hope found, are at once universal and completely his own. The would-be demo tracks Price recorded that day in Rhode Island wound up forming the heart of Night Opens, the ten-song debut he released himself in 2001 produced by Francis and Dispatch producer John Paul Gauthier. Price took to the road to promote the album, putting 40,000 miles on his van in five months. "It's not an easy path, to play for 25 people in Buffalo for 50 dollars," he says. "But I still pinch myself that this is what I do for a living. Even the hard work is fun."

Price even did a brief tour of duty busking in New York City subway stations. "When I wanted to work out a song, it was more effective than annoying my neighbors," he remembers. Price wouldn't have to busk for very long: during the spring of 2004, he entered the recording studio to begin work on Miles From Anywhere with producer Andy Zulla and Gauthier.

"I think that 'Miles From Anywhere' is more diverse than anything I've done, both musically and thematically," Price says. "Night Opens was about a bad breakup, and the songs feel rooted in one place. I'm glad I did, because doing that record, and performing those songs live, was immensely therapeutic. But this album is about so many different things. In the past few years, I've definitely learned to trust my instincts more."

His music will undoubtedly prompt comparisons to modern-day masters like David Gray, but Price cautions against making too much of the connection. "I understand people drawing that comparison, because we're both lyric-driven, male singer-songwriters," he says. "It's flattering, but misleading."

MIles From Anywhere is more muscular, more catchy than his previous release, but the intimacy, the melodic rasp of his voice, and the poetry of his words are a consistent and satifsfying thread throughout both.



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Awesome CD!!
This is a great CD with a variety of differnt songs. Rich has a very calming voice. My favorite song is "Empty Glass". It's one of the most peaceful songs I've ever heard. You really get your money's worth if you buy this CD.

Christina Roberts

Advice on movies, television and commercials

I love your music. I'm hitting some obstacles, so thought I should reach out to someone who has overcome them. I'm a NYC-based singer-songwriter. Since moving to NY from Austin over a year ago, I've enjoyed playing live. However, I just can't seem to move forward within the industry. I'm particularly interested in placing my music in film, television and commercials. If you have any advice, I'd be so grateful. All the best to you, Rich.