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Crossing Bridges

by The Dewberries

"Crossing Bridges" is a heart-rending acoustic collection of of memorable characters' dreams of times gone by and those yet to come, through the dynamic collaborative talents of John Ragin and Paula Jones.
Genre: Country: Americana
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1. She Was Gone Like the Wind
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2. Reflection
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3. A Sparrow Has to Fly
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4. Jot 'Em Down
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5. Lips with Ruby Kisses
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6. Accalia
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7. The Nights Grow Colder
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8. Pickin' Strings
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9. Sweet Cherry Pie
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10. The Banks of the Tennessee River
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11. Ode to the Anna Marie
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12. Restless Wind
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Crossing Bridges" is a collection of acoustic Americana at its finest. Each song is lyrically rich and melodically memorable. John's keen guitar skills matched with Paula's smooth honest vocals make a harmonious blend of some very special music. These are songs that take us to places we want to go, and spark memories that strike every emotion -- grief, loss, joy, love, life stage changes, fear, and curiosity. The listener wants to know more about the mysterious woman seen by some in the local forest; or to hear more about the couple that meets on the banks of the river -- or is it just a dream? The Dewberries take us into the hearts of couples facing the harsh realities of aging that make life difficult, but also bring them closer, as on "The Nights Grow Colder". "Sweet Cherry Pie" is a fun Appalachian style ditty about a mountain couple makin' pies and love on a rainy day. The flavorful rifts of talented Kurt Baumer on fiddle, enliven many of these gems, such as the spirited "She Was Gone Like the Wind", and poignant "A Sparrow Has to Fly", a song written from the perspective of a child, now grown, who is departing his home to embark on his own journey. The album ends with "Restless Wind" -- illustrating, from the caregiver's perspective, the pain of watching a loved one take his last breath, but steadfastly being there to help him pass. "Crossing Bridges", a lyric taken from "Lips With Ruby Kisses", is just that -- a walk with the vivid characters of these tunes, through familiar challenges of life.

The Dewberries - John Ragin and Paula Jones - began their collaborative music making in the mid-90's, when they met through a mutual friend. John heard some of Paula's music she had written, (Paula was writing and performing children's music); and it piqued his interest in its sincere and emotional portrayal of life's situations. They began figuring out each other's strengths and quickly were writing together any time they could fit it in. Today, they have over 200 songs they've penned together. What makes The Dewberries special is that John and Paula have never worried about staying within the walls of a certain genre.Instead, they completely write from the heart, and always capture the message of the song with the style and instrumentation they choose for it. Their songs are mostly accompanied by John's acoustic guitar skills, which make those tunes lean toward folk/country. He can also as effectively play the electric rock style guitar, as well as banjo, mandolin, harmonica, and bass. John's influences include The Beatles, David Gates, Jim Croce, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, and countless others. He is a master guitarist and melody maker, and always knows just how to best deliver a certain mood in a song. Paula brought to the duo a strong singing voice and sense of timing, and her writing style was mostly country. Her influences can all be heard in her versatile voice, including Patsy Cline, Patty Loveless, The Carpenters, Rosanne Cash, Linda Ronstadt, and Rhonda Vincent. Together, they began realizing that they created quite a unique sound, and songs that sound like old classics, rich with layered vocals, beautiful bridges, memorable hooks, and the talents of guest musicians, such as a regular on their music, Kurt Baumer, a professional fiddler in Austin, Texas. They write, record, produce, and master their own recordings in John's Longstreet Studio. To date, they have four cds complete, and John and Paula feel as if they only get better with time. They just released "Crossing Bridges", and already have half of the next cd collection recorded.

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