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The Song Poets

by Prime CD's Fifth Anniversary Collection

A special collection including cuts from 17 Prime CD artists, created in honor of the label's 5th anniversary.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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1. Annie Gallup - It's Dangerous, Charlie
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2. Jack Hardy - The Hunter
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3. Chris Chandler - Breakfast Serial Killers
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4. Dee Carstensen: Big League Babe 2 - Compass -
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5. Hugh Blumenfeld - Shoot The Moon
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6. Margo Hennebach - Preacher Hill
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7. 5 Chinese Brothers - Let's Kill Saturday Night
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8. Susan McKeown - Snakes
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9. Jim Gaudet - Cognac and Roses
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10. Christine Lavin - The Voice on the Relaxation Tape
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11. Walkinbird - Vegas
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12. Popa Chubby - Trail of Tears
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13. usan McKeown and Lindsey Horner - Through The Bitter Frost and S
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14. David Wilcox: Big League Babe I - The Kind of Love You Never Rec
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15. Aztec Two-Step - The Persecution and Restoration of Dean Moriart
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16. Victoria Pratt Keating - In Your Shoes
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17. Buddy Mondlock: Live at the Postcrypt - My Aunt Anna
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
David Seitz (producer, and president of FiftyFiftyMusic)

David Seitz began his producing career working at RCA Records under the tutelage of Tom Shepard (senior producer and then President of the Red Seal Division of RCA) and Paul Goodman (senior RCA recording engineer). While at RCA, he worked on numerous recordings including the Grammy-winning original cast recording of Sunday in the Park with George and the Grammy-nominated La Cage Aux Folles.

Although David Seitz harbors a love of all musical genres and learned an enormous amount at New York's RCA Studios, he found himself drawn to the music of several Greenwich Village based singer/songwriters, all of whom were virtually unknown. Soon he had befriended Jack Hardy and was recording tracks for the now legendary Fast Folk Musical Magazine (a compilation CD/magazine which Jack edited), featuring such artists as Suzanne Vega, Tracy Chapman, Michelle Shocked and Shawn Colvin.

Coupling the knowledge learned from RCA with his own philosophy and sonic perspective, David recorded these young singer/songwriters, making what today are viewed as classic recordings that captured innocent and enchanting performances.

With the help of numerous people along the way (the list would be way too long to put here), David kept upgrading his studio. Special thanks, however, goes to Jim Williamson from Studer who helped get (and resurrect) Paul McCartney's tape machine.

Over the next several years, David produced and engineered recordings for a wide range of artists including Dar Williams, Eric Andersen, Richard Shindell, Jeff Buckley, Christine Lavin, Cliff Eberhardt and many others. Several of these recordings have won and/or been nominated for AFIM (Association for Independent Music) Awards, the "grammy awards" for independent music.

David's latest projects reflect a new interest in blending modern technology (e.g. some of the esthetics of electronica) and acoustic-based music. Generally, such blends have been unsuccessful and the listener feels like the artist is trying to impose inappropriate production on a song. However, when done well, the swirling drum loops, other-worldly guitar sounds and well-placed samples can add new colors to the musical palate, helping the artist to create a more detailed and powerful picture. David has recently completed Anne Heaton's Black Notebook and Nini Camps' So Long - two albums that feature a fusion of modern production techniques with an old-school emphasis on stellar performances and sonic clarity.

Annie Gallup

Annie Gallup's writing is unabashedly imaginative and richly sensual. She is a teller of short, elaborate tales -- song-length works of fiction that sparkle with the complexity and polish of poetry; tightly packed lyrical strands that crackle with intelligence and spry wordplay, and pulse with insistent rhythm. Her musical instincts are a match for her pen - Annie is a gifted, inventive instrumentalist. Her guitar work is a fresh, welcome interplay of short lead runs and complex picking patterns. (As a teenager in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Annie learned to play listening to records by Doc Watson and blues great Mississippi John Hurt.)

Fusing elements of spoken word and poetry with sharp melodies and a trademark delivery, Annie Gallup has created her own musical sub-genre.

5 Chinese Brothers

Five Chinese Brothers have some major-league fans. That's why their first album, Singer Songwriter Beggarman Thief, received glowing reviews in CMJ, Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, Stereo Review, CD Review, and Esquire. That's why their second album, Stone Soup, rode the Gavin Americana chart for more than three months, spending six weeks in the top ten. And that's why they were invited to appear on VH-1's Country Countdown with Travis Tritt and NPR's World Cafe.
Five Chinese Brothers incorporate the best of all types of roots music. That's why they are welcome at rock clubs, listening rooms, coffee houses, and outdoor festivals. That's why such diverse publications as Dirty Linen(folk), New Country(country), and Option(alternative) have recommended them. That's why critics have recognized in their music the influences of Gram Parsons, John Prine, Elvis Costello, Hank Williams Sr., the Band, Woody Guthrie, and Tom Petty.
During the past several years, Five Chinese Brothers have toured extensively, visiting Europe and the West Coast and playing frequently in the Northeast and South. They have appeared at the Midtown Music Festival (Atlanta). Summer Lights (Nashville), the Riverbend Festival (Chattanooga), City Stages (Birmingham), and the Winnipeg Folk Festival, among others.
After recording two singles on Brooklyn's Diesel Only label and several tracks for Fast Folk Music Magazine, Five Chinese Brothers released Singer Songwriter Beggarman Thief on the PRIME CD label in January of 1994. In July of 1995, they followed it with Stone Soup. The band takes it's name from a children's book. Five Chinese Brothers are: Stephen B. Antonakos, lead guitar; Paul Foglino, bass; Tom Meltzer, guitar and lead vocals; and Neil Thomas, accordian and keyboards.

Jack Hardy

"Jack Hardy is one of the most influential figures today in defining the American folk song."
THE BOSTON GLOBE

"Jack Hardy's so at home in the role of the Celtic bard that it's hard to believe he's home-grown."
ROLLING STONE

Jack's independent spirit coupled with an uncompromising insistence on full artistic control and integrity make him stand out in this era of corporate music. Although he's been offered many, he has never signed a U.S. record deal, choosing instead to license masters overseas once they were completed. His previous releases, on his own label and several European labels, have been hard to find -- and most only as imports. In 1998, Prime CD has released Jack Hardy: The Collected Works, containing Jack's entire recorded catalog.

Chris Chandler

Fifty Fifty Music artist Chris Chandler has found the place where folk and poetry collide, "We do a collage of folk to funk, show tunes to bluegrass with spoken word riding on top. Every song is in a different musical style and forms the backdrop for a highly theatrical bar room brawl.". For ten years, Chandler and musical and literary collaborator, Phil Rockstroh, have put pen to paper collaboratively in a way that turns collage into a high art form. When Chandler's infectious sense of humor, style of speaking combines with Rockstroh's ability to nail a topic something captivating happens. Chandler has taken those collaborations in the form of lyrical collage and performed them on the streets and stages of America.

Chandler's Collaborations consists of a series of duets recorded around campfires, in people's houses and in impromptu studios. Artists include: Austin Lounge Lizards, Dan Bern, Chuck Brodsky, Catie Curtis, Jim Infantino, Ellis Paul, Tom Prasada-Rao, Martin Sexton, Trout Fishing in America, Mike West and Myshkin, Dar Williams, and Peter, Paul & Mary.

Hugh Blumenfeld

Hugh has established a national reputation as being "among the most powerful of the new breed of singer songwriter.". His most recent work clearly shows him as a contemporary poet who is planted firmly in the modern world without succumbing to its terrors--at least not yet. In his songs, love is difficult without being tragic, and idealism is more heroic for never expecting to be fulfilled. In his hands, the political scandals of our day are occasions for biting satire instead of bitterness.

Margo Hennebach

Fifty Fifty Music recording artists Margo Hennebach and Mark Saunders combine award winning songs, highly evolved musicianship, and a playful but commanding presence on stage to make them a favorite of critics and audiences alike.

Christine Levin

hristine Lavin grew up in a family of nine children and is self-taught on guitar, having learned how to play by watching lessons broadcast on public television when she was 12 years old. If you have supported public TV over the years, she'd like to thank you for making her career possible. Some of Christine's songs have been recorded by artists as diverse as Andrea Marcovicci, Dave Van Ronk, and the Dartmouth Decibelles.

Big League Babe: The Christine Lavin Tribute Album Project, a celebration of Christine Lavin's music and a tribute to her tireless efforts to support other musicians, began as a plan to record 10-12 songs as a surprise for Christine - and grew to the 2 album/26 song Big League Babe project! The diverse group of contemporary musicians performing Christine's songs include: Barbara Kessler, David Wilcox, Cliff Eberhardt, Vance Gilbert, Julie Gold, Richard Shindell, Kristina Olsen, Frank Christian, Dave Van Ronk, Susan Werner, Megon McDonough, David Roth, Judith Zweiman, Cheryl Wheeler, Dee Carstensen, Buddy Mondlock, Sara Hickman, John Forster, Dar Williams, Hugh Blumenfeld, David Buskin, Robin Batteau, George Wurzbach, Brook Hedick, James Naughton, Jane Kelly Williams, Debi Smith, Andrew Ratshin, Pete Nelson, Patty Larkin, Sally Fingerett, Dan Green, Sol Weber, and Andy Breckman.

Popa Chubby

It's been said that you never know what you're going to get when you cross the path of Popa Chubby, but that's not exactly the case. While it's true that you can't be entirely sure whether the imposing singer/stringslinger is gonna blast out a two-chord party-rock gale or sensually wring a sinuous Chicago-blues solo from his guitar, there's one thing that's always present in his music - the truth.

"Experimentation is what it's all about to me, more than just virtuosity," he says. "I never started out trying to be different. I might hear something the same way as the next guy, but where he'd be able to copy it note for note, I'd go off and just start being me after two bars."

Aztec Two-step

Aztec Two-Step, the duo of Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman , has released a live album, called Highway Signs, and it's good news to anyone who has seen them in concert. As radio personality Pete Fornatale says in the booklet notes, "Aztec must be heard to be fully appreciated, and now, thanks to this album, they can be."

Rex and Neal met at a "hoot night" in Boston in 1971 and decided to join forces. Within a year they were working with producer Jerry Yester (of the Lovin' Spoonful) in LA putting the finishing touches on their album, titled simply Aztec Two-Step, sold over 200,000 copies; remained in print for 15 years, became a staple of FM and college radio, garnered a loyal following, and began a recording and performing career that continues to this day.

In 1986, Bilboard magazine cited Aztec's Living In America in their year-end critic's poll, and the record received the 1987 New York Music Award for best folk album. In 1992, Era Records re-released Aztec's self-titled debut on CD. In 1993, Aztec released their eighth studio record, Of Age, on Beacon Records, an album that reflected a new maturity in their singing and songwriting. Then, from December 1995 to March 1996, Rex and Neal played a series of concerts in and around the New York City area to mark their 25th year of playing together, and these concerts were recorded for their new record Highway Signs.

Aztec has performed with Bruce Springsteen, The Band, Jackson Browne. the Beach Boys, Talking Heads, Bonnie Raitt, Bill Cosby and Suzanne Vega, among others, and hearing Highway Signs makes it clear how they found themselves in such good company.

Susan McKeown

Susan McKeown, a US based musician from Dublin Ireland, is a compelling singer and inventive songwriter, and her band The Chanting House has evolved from a traditionally oriented project into an acoustic-rock band which blends progressive, jazz and celtic influences.

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