Carolann Solebello | Glass of Desire

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Glass of Desire

by Carolann Solebello

Grounded in American roots music, Glass of Desire is modern folk for grownups that takes a hard look in the spiritual rear-view mirror: there’s more in the frame than is evident at first glance, and things are much closer than they appear.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Home
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2. Behind the Door
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3. Papa\'s Mandolin
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4. Shibboleth
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5. All That I\'ve Done Right
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6. Michigan
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7. Dance With Me
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8. Michael
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9. Burn in Me
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10. Ties That Bind
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11. Long Time Gone
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Although she is most familiar to folk audiences as a founding member of the female trio RED MOLLY, Carolann began her musical journey as a solo performer. In the late 1990s, she abandoned a comfortable theatrical career and leapt headlong into the teeming pool of singer-songwriters in her hometown of New York City. Armed with a powerful voice and percussive guitar style, she soon found herself swimming in the downtown club scene, recording her first solo album, Just Across the Water (2000), and establishing her own independent label, Elizabeth Records, to release it.

In very short order, the soloist became one-fourth of a quartet, power folk group CC RAILROAD – and later, one-third of a trio, RED MOLLY – and Elizabeth Records grew from a vanity project to a vibrant collective boasting six artists and nine releases.

Nine years after the birth of the label, the founder of Elizabeth Records returned to the fold to release her second solo album, the tenth under its umbrella, Glass of Desire.

“When I asked Fred Gillen, Jr. to produce this record, I knew I wanted something very spare,” Solebello explains. “After recording two full-length discs each with CC Railroad and Red Molly, I was eager to see whether my songs could stand on their own without benefit of the thick four-part and three-part harmonies, respectively, that have defined my musical experience for the better part of a decade. I wanted to know whether or not I could still cut it alone.”

The finished product, Glass of Desire, features eleven songs written and sung by Carolann Solebello, accompanied primarily by her own acoustic guitar. Sideman extraordinaire Steve Kirkman adds tasty, yet elegant, Dobro, lap steel, electric guitar, and National steel guitar. Matt Turk and Producer Fred Gillen, Jr. contribute mandolin and electric baritone guitar, respectively.

“A great deal has happened since I recorded Just Across the Water,” Solebello says, “in my own life and in the world at large – two bands, one marriage, two wars, one child – so I suppose Glass of Desire is a hard look into my own spiritual rear-view mirror. There’s more in the frame than is evident at first glance, and objects are often much closer than they appear.”



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Bill King

Soaring Solo Flight
Carolann Solebello  “Glass of Desire”  is her 1st Post Red Molly forming  solo effort.  Is a of easy listening laid back  gem. Producer Fred Gillen Jr. took a page from Rick Ruben’s Johnny Cash “American Recordings series and let Carolann pick up her guitar, acoustic bass and even the mandolin and let her to her own devises. It was a correct decision. One gets the feeling that Carolann comes into your Living Room for a private personal  performance. That intimacy runs throughout the 11 tracks on this disk. The common theme seems to be tails of childhood with references to motherly advise. Questioning of the Catholic Church’s teachings. and lost friendships.  “Papa‘s Mandolin” sounds like it could have been plucked right from The Carter Family songbook . Although there is a lot of sadness and pain in these songs “The Tides that Binds” offers hope but not too much just enough to tease you rooting for the protagonist . That Carolann was able to write such painful and gloomy images while her personal life is a 180o opposite is a testament to her songwriting ability.  There are plenty of hooks on these songs to bounce around your head for weeks. In “Home” Carolann first confesses “Bless Me Father for I have been The Poster Girl for Every Sin” than later asked the question “Why’s Must you keep Us on Our Knees?” The opening verse of  “Behind the Door” simply says “Baseball Cards and Cigarettes, Flowered Skirts and Castanets, Muddy Boots and No Regrets”  Adding fullness to the sound is multi talented Hope Machine member Steve Kirkland. Who pitched in with Dobro, Lap Steel Electric and National Steel Guitar. If you like Red Molly you will realize that they are much more than just the sum of there parts so Purchase or Download this Disk it will keep you both in tears and smiles.