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Lapis Lazuli

by Sue Witty

JAZZY guitar licks that recall Elvis Costello's "Allison." Sits squarely between the divergent extremes of a slightly jaded Suzanne Vega and a holy-rolling Rickie Lee Jones.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. 3000 Miles
3:39 album only
2. Bottom of the Barrel
4:18 album only
3. Cloudless Climes
4:50 album only
4. Gypsy
4:15 album only
5. By Grace
3:52 album only
6. Margaret's Song
6:01 album only
7. Alms for the Poor
4:21 album only
8. Indelible
3:42 album only
9. Nightlight
3:48 album only
10. Unspoken Forever
5:14 album only


Album Notes

"Quite often, acoustic or folk music smacks of tired cliches and boring self-analysis. So it is refreshing to hear an artist who manages to create something unique while remaining true to the genre. Sue Witty is one of those rare artists. The gifted singer/songwriter generally avoids the bland Birkenstock circuit and collaborates with known rock scene ne'er-do-wells. The result is uplifting and inspirational.

Producer/guitarist Rob Gal (6X, the Coolies) plays on every track, giving the album a shimmering pop feel. The opening track, "3,000 Miles," features the omnipresent Paul Melancon singing backup to Witty's warm vocals. Gal adds fat, jazzy guitar licks that recall Elvis Costello's "Allison." Witty's winning supporting cast also includes drummer Linda Bolley (Gentle Readers, Michelle Malone) and Ryan Taylor of weaklazyliar.

Band and songwriter all mesh to perfection on the outstanding "Bottom of the Barrel." A breezy shuffle, the simple but poetic ode to self-improvement comes complete with a sly, recurring musical reference to Bob Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay."

Yet rather than mine the tattered ol' Dylan/Baez/Mitchell songbook, Witty's style sits squarely between the divergent extremes of a slightly jaded Suzanne Vega and a holy-rolling Rickie Lee Jones. In fact, Vega gets the Witty treatment on the disc's sole cover, "Gypsy," from her crossover success, Solitude Standing.

The liner notes explain that the title Lapis Lazuli is a stone believed to carry the presence of a god. Like the titular stone, Witty's refined gem of an album contains a precious core of spirituality, presented honestly, without preaching or self-righteousness."

and this from Jeff Clark, STOMP and STAMMER:

"Atlanta Singer/Songwriter Sue Witty brings an engaging warmth to her latest recording, "Lapis Lazuli", a palpable, pleasurable ambiance that hasn't been so upfront on her previous albums. She sounds confident and her talent shines. Linda Bolley, Allen Broyles, Paul Melancon and producer Rob Gal are among those backing her up. See her while you can--she leaves for a year's stay in Europe the first of August."

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A born rambler, sue witty has traversed the wide expanses of this nation as a singer/songwriter for more than a decade. Her pit-stops have included the Kerrville Folk Festival (TX), the Norfolk Arts Festival (VA), Eddie's Attic of Atlanta (GA), the Carrboro Arts Center (NC), the Tin Angel of Philadelphia (PA), MaMa Bear's (CA), the Living Room (NYC), the Bitter End (also NYC), yaddayaddayadda.

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Her nagging wanderlust is compounded by an overwhelming sense of social activism. Whether it's a march honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a pro-peace demonstration, or an annual weekend-long event geared at shutting down the School of the Americas, sue is always there--sometimes as a participant, other times as one of the coordinaters. In an effort to mend international relations, Sue is currently preparing a European tour with a primary focus on Germany and France. While filled with American pride, she also values a need for peacemaking efforts. Sue hopes that by touring Europe, she will be a strong U.S. ambassador.

...She also hopes you will visit!!!

Peace to all of you!



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Henri Vadis

unlike all the rest!
This CD is one of the best i've come across in some time. There is no "dead wood" on this album--every song is a winner--lyrically rich and meodically gorgeous.

Paris McKinley

I stumbled on this amazing artist at a festival recently, and am eagerly anticipating her next recording. Her lyrics are smart, her sound is unique and her style is varied which keeps the album fresh listen after listen. I especially love Cloudless Climes. Sue Witty is my newest favorite!!

Jasmine Parvin

This is the best CD from an indie singer/songwriter that I have heard in a long
This is the best CD I have heard in a long time from a new, relatively obscure independent singer/songwriter. Witty has drawn upon numerous extraordinarily gifted Atlanta musicians to create an absolute gem. She incorporates Hebraic literary allusions into intelligent original lyrics. Everyone should add a copy to their collection.

Jeff Whiple

Witty Delivers Beautiful Gifts
Sue Witty has reached a new level with the release of Lapis Lazuli. While her lyrics and music have always hit home to me and countless listeners, this album marks her own realization that these words not only are meaningful within her heart, but truly can be shared in a wonderfully wrapped package of artistic beauty for all the world to share.

Every day is like Christmas morning as each song unwraps a wonderful gift to be enjoyed over and over again.