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by Skip Friel

Album weaves introspective lyrics with textured acoustic instrumentation for a delightful journey.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dose of Hope
3:18 $0.87
2. Transcending
3:59 $0.87
3. Another Island
3:54 $0.87
4. Peace At a Time
3:27 $0.87
5. Six Degrees
4:23 $0.87
6. Moment
3:14 $0.87
7. Harvest of Love
4:13 $0.87
8. Made in Town
3:49 $0.87
9. Island Reel
2:22 $0.87
10. Makin It Real
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Album Notes
Press Release: Singer-songwriter Skip Friel releases his third album on May 5, 2012.

Part of what makes indie-Americana music persistently relevant is the clarity with which it relays complex emotions through lyrics and stories. The really great songs reveal enduring, often startling truths about humanity and personal transformation. Skip Friel’s new album, Passage, continues in this context and asks the listener to go beyond the surface of themes such as love, loss and longing.

The musical journey begins with ‘Another Island,’ a spectacular retelling of a family story that pays homage to one of Friel’s ancestors¬-a broken-hearted 19th century Irish immigrant arriving in New York Harbor who discovers the restorative powers of self-reliance and new love. In listening to the album as a compilation, one gets a sense that survival and personal growth gain momentum through generations in songs such as ‘Transcending,’ a modern-day story tracing the birth, extraordinary life, and death of a woman who far exceeded limited expectations placed upon her. “After the recording process was complete, I noticed a commonality running through the music,” explains Friel. “Each song is about transitioning, growth, and passages of renewal through time.”

Percussionist Bob Simmons notes, “Passage speaks of the pathos of life, but at the same time offers inspiration and hope to ‘everyman.’ The album asks the mind to reflect, the soul to feel, and the heart to love. All of this is set to a background of captivating acoustic harmonies that will keep you humming and tapping your toes.”

Deeply introspective, the songs comprising Passage also are intricately woven with threads of soulful roots instrumentation. Backed by soaring melodies of veteran Grand Ole Opry fiddler Charlie Austin, bright mandolins, and lush acoustic guitars, Friel’s vocals are made of emotion. “These are great songs,” said Austin. “I’m very excited to be a part of this project.”

Passage is the follow-up to Friel’s solo award-winning album, Twilight Red Sky. The Virginia Beach-based singer-songwriter and his band, the Resonators, perform an eclectic mix of Friel’s music for various regional venues.

Produced by New Moon Music, the album was recorded and mixed by Randy Friel at Clay Garden Studios in Norfolk, VA and Scullville Studios of Scullville, NJ. Randy is the founder of New Moon Music, an independent record label specializing in blues and roots music. He has worked with such music greats as Levon Helm, Bruce Springsteen, Deborah Coleman, the Dixie Hummingbirds, and Larry Campbell. Tony Mascara of The Audio Lab in Millville, NJ mastered the album.
Passage artists are: Charlie Austin, Julie Clark, Rosie Eberwine, Randy Friel, Fred Kovner, Gary Krebs, Cindy McNellis, Bob Rankin, Rich Ridolfino, Anna Lee Scully, Charlie Shugarman, Bob Simmons, and Martin Somers. The CD cover features original graphic art by Bart Morris of Morris Design and photography by Kathy Keeney, both of Norfolk, VA.

Press Reviews for PASSAGE:

The Daily Press, July 22 2012, by Sam McDonald,
Skip Friel "Passage." Virginia Beach singer-songwriter Skip Friel knows that music isn't a footrace. Polished and thoughtfully constructed, "Passage" benefits from Friel's patient attention to detail. His good-natured songs fit comfortably into the modern singer-songwriter format. Hammond organ swells and bursts of fiddle lend support to sturdy melodies. Acoustic guitars ring pleasantly atop a firm rhythmic foundation. Friel's deep, textured voice reminds me of a mellow Robert Earl Keen or a countrified Graham Parker. Highlights include "Harvest of Love," the Celtic-tinged "Another Island" and "Dose of Hope," which extols the wisdom of not sweating the small stuff. "All the fruit will fall to the ground one day," Friel sings. "It'll grow again without us anyway ... you let go and the world did not unwind."

Veer Magazine, March 15th, 2012, by Jeff Maisey
...a more scenic route of the Americana soundscape than the commercialized mainstream. Friel’s rich vocal tone is well suited to the task and even recalls Elvis Costello. That’s notably so on the swanky vibe of 'Transcending.'..the Dylan-meets-The-Band sound of “Peace at a Time” has a familiar ring.....

Radio Quotes about PASSAGE:

Paul Shugrue, WHRV FM 89.5, May 3 2012 - "Passage is a great new album by Skip Friel, a Hampton Roads artist who needs to be discovered."

Brian Roughton, WFOS FM, May 15, 2012 - "I love the new CD (Passage)."

Hunter Hughes, WPYA FM 99.3, May 14, 2012 - "It's a really nice CD (Passage)."



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