Anke Summerhill | The Roots Run Deep

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The Roots Run Deep

by Anke Summerhill

"Quiet and reflective, but with an inner magic..." ~ Dirty Linen Magazine
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. From Up Here
3:27 $0.99
2. Stillness of the Night
3:52 $0.99
3. Broken Glass
3:45 $0.99
4. Only A Paycheque
3:46 $0.99
5. Long Way From My Window
4:17 $0.99
6. Raven
4:29 $0.99
7. Walnut Tree
3:41 $0.99
8. Stars at Noon
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9. Rainbow Blues
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10. The Thread
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11. Harvest Moon
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Album Notes
Of her debut CD release, "The Roots Run Deep", Independent Songwriter Web-Magazine writes:"The emotional bond is established with the audience from the very first note. It's personal, yet universal. You may cry, you may find yourself becoming philosophical, but you will feel something totally unique from any other album you've ever heard." Anke's diverse background and powerful gift of observation has seasoned her songwriting and performances with that, which makes us compassionate.

Originally from Munich, her international musical journey began with school in England at age 9, where some of her earliest musical influences came from the radio and recordings played by her ( very cool ) school housemother. "I grew to love the music of James Taylor even before I learned English," Summerhill said. "His melodies and delivery are so accessible. Of course, the Beatles were a big force, because that irresistible groove they had was in itself a common language."

When the family moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Summerhill finished high school in a visual & performing arts program, where she began to study drawing and guitar. Although initially too shy to sing in class, it was the study of various vocal styles and the love of singing that eventually coaxed her to pick up the guitar, so she could accompany herself.

Travels throughout the U.S. led Anke to settle in Salt Lake City in 1985, ( by way of Colorado, Oregon, Florida and Texas ). She soon signed on as a vocalist in the eight-piece ensemble Chenaniah and toured throughout the West. Songwriting was a natural extension of her passion for singing, and her own songs first found expression as part of the duo, Stillwater, which she co-founded in 1988.

Striking out on her own in 1996, her songwriting met with immediate success, as she was named a finalist in the Kerrville (TX) New Folk Showcase, selected from a field of nearly 800 singer-songwriters nationally. Her songs were chosen again for the 1999 Showcase.

Her first full-length CD project, "The Roots Run Deep," was produced by Waterbug/Folk Era recording artist, Kate MacLeod, whose vision clearly had a major impact in shaping the package for Summerhill's honest & excellent writing. It is a mature, fully developed concept that features MacLeod's talents on fiddle, plus tasteful guest performances by Carla Eskelsen, Matt Flinner, David Grier and David LaMotte. The musical talents of Matt Larson, acoustic bass; Michael VanDam, cello; Christopher Carlson, fiddle; Ray Smith, alto flute; George Grant and Barry Carter, percussion, round out a full sound that doesn't obscure Summerhill's performance.

The album opens with two very strong songs of quite different character. "From Up Here," a wistful anthem written after leaving the Kerrville Music Festival, has an infectious rhythm and a lyric that moves as freely as its subject: flying home after great adventure. "Stillness of the Night" handles its theme -- death and loss -- with uncommon tenderness, and an aching, poignant melody.

Songs about the plight of parted lovers are a dime a dozen in today's pop-music world. "Long Way From My Window" is a gem that takes a fresh look at this common subject, and shows off Summerhill's talent for unique imagery, a strength of the album throughout.

Summerhill's affection for Utah's grand landscapes makes its appearance twice, in "Raven" and "Stars at Noon," capturing perfectly the beauty and character of desert wilderness.

Other strong points include a blues tune, "Rainbow Blues," that is as clever as it is unexpected. The closing selection, "Harvest Moon," is a rich celebration of home and family. Although written about her childhood in Germany, it contains a universal appeal that might be transplanted easily to the rural heartland of America.

Summerhill's new CD project, "Shine On Through" is the latest collaberation with her long time friend and producer Kate MacLeod. It features many of the same musical friends & some fun surprises. It is scheduled for release in April 2003.



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Cheryl Stanford

Speaks to my heart, Anke has a spirit that dances in her music.
All the songs are unique and speak of beauty, love and loss which are what I look for in my selections of music. Wakes up my love of Folk Music and the Blues. Very well put together, just waiting for another release from Anke.

Jos Van Den Boom (crossroads, Brto-radio, Bergen Op Zoom, Hollan

I want to hear more!
In my view Anke Summerhill is a great folksinger and songwriter. The roots
run deep is an impressive album with beautiful songs. I want to hear more!
Purchase this magnificent album as soon as possible!

Dirty Linen Magazine - Issue #88 June/july 2000

It's Anke Summerhill's beautiful voice that is the unifying theme on her debut recording. It's the perfect complement to her deeply personal and descriptive songs. Producer Kate MacLeod uses just the right subltle touches ( fiddle, mandolin, bass, and percussion ) needed to accentuate Summerhill's songs. Quiet and reflective, but with an inner magic, Summerhill's songwriting has a maturity not usually found in a new artist.


Performing Songwriter Magazine -- Review By Neil Fagan

Top DYI 12 Picks for Do-it-yourself Songwriters November/December 1999 issue
...Summerhill’s plaintive alto is carried well on the sparse, acoustic arrangements. Mandolin, cello, and fiddle flourishes abound. Like the wilderness she seems to love so much, this is an album which reveals something new each time you listen.


Independent Songwriter Web-magazine

As specific as she can get with her descriptive lyrics, there is a special connection that makes the listener feel as though they've lived right next door to Anke all their life. The emotional bond is established with the audience from the very first note. It's personal yet universal. You may cry, you may find yourself becoming philosophical... but you will feel something totally unique from any other album you've ever heard.