Stan Moeller and T.S. Baker | Season of Change

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Season of Change

by Stan Moeller and T.S. Baker

Acoustic music with a groove; kinda like Richard and Linda Thompson, Patty Larkin, Bruce Cockburn, Dave Carter and Tracey Grammer, and Suzanne Vega all combined.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Season of Change
4:13 album only
2. Red and Blue
4:29 album only
3. The River
4:38 album only
4. Postcards and Blueprints
4:12 album only
5. Water
3:25 album only
6. Turn the Ochers Green
4:46 album only
7. A Summer Song
3:38 album only
8. Line in the Sand
3:32 album only
9. Holiday
3:12 album only
10. Can't carry this
3:24 album only
11. She's on her way
3:49 album only
12. Don't want to go that way
4:26 album only
13. Perfect Garden
3:15 album only
14. Close your eyes
3:13 album only
15. Heaven (unlisted hidden track)
3:30 album only
16. Nuclear Blues (unlisted hidden track)
2:14 album only


Album Notes
Season of Change (1997 Go Figure Records) Moeller and Baker's third release is a stripped down collection of acoustic guitar driven tunes with sly touches of accordion, mandolin, light percussion, harmonica and piano, featuring the duo's live sound (no guest players). "Their best recording to date...Aural gold." (The Portsmouth Herald) "This recording is just too much fun -- get it, play it, love it." (Jonathan Colcord, Crossroads Magazine)

East coast-based duo, Stan Moeller and T.S. Baker, built a steady following throughout the 1990's with their eclectic brand of folk. The pair, whose sound owes as much to the diversity of pop and rock as it does to the folk scene (they tip their hat to the likes of The Beatles, Tom Waits and Kurt Weill), released three CDs filled with traces of folk, pop, light jazz, blues and latin rhythms.

Moeller, whose percussive acoustic guitar injects a rhythmic energy into much of their material, originally hails from the midwest, as does Baker, who aside from playing guitar, piano, accordion, mandolin and percussion, played a major part in producing and arranging all three of their albums.

Both are currently pursuing solo careers, with Moeller following his other passion as a landcape painter, and Baker recording her debut as a solo musician. Visit their web sites for more information.

Review of Season of Change from The All Music Guide:

"From their playful cover of Chad & Jeremy's "A Summer Song" to the folkish "Turn the Ochers
Green" (based on a story reported on the NBC Nightly News), Stan Moeller and T.S. Baker make it difficult to pigeonhole their music. With their third release, "Season of Change," they've recorded a stripped down collection of acoustic driven tunes with sly touches of accordion, mandolin, light percussion, harmonica and piano.

Multi-instrumentalist Baker, whose voice can range from delicate to stirring, delivers her best material to date (whether in collaboration with Moeller or lyricist Jodie Curtis), including the
bittersweet "Postcards and Blueprints," the melancholy pop of "She's On Her Way" (co-written with Moeller) and the hauntingly beautiful solo accordion instrumental which appears as one of two bonus tracks at the end of the record. Moeller varies the feel with cuts such as his tender love song "Water," the raw blues of one of the untitled bonus cuts and the album's most infectious track, the guitar/harmonica instrumental "Holiday" (the only track recorded live on stage)...the duo's pop sensibility and feel for rhythm, along with their keen sense of arrangement keeps the sparse sound interesting and lively." (S.W. Lowenstein & B. Hartenbach, The All Music Guide)

Review of Season of Change from Crossroads Magazine (July/August 1998):

"What makes Stan Moeller & T.S. Baker tick? It's so obvious that they truly enjoy what they do on this recording. Season Of Change runs stylistically from contemporary folk, to cool jazz, and even the occasional Latin feel. Add to that their Beatle-esque campiness -- especially on cuts such as "Season Of Change," and Chad & Jeremy's "A Summer Song," and you'll find yourself in a much better mood than when you started. I've had the opportunity to enjoy their live show as well on these new songs, so it's only too bad that this Cd isn't "enhanced"!

T.S. Baker is the multi-instrumentalist in the group, ripping it up on accordion, guitar, mandolin, and a variety of shake-ables. Stan provides many sonic guitar things behind T.S.' power-accordion playing creating the feel of a full band, while remaining true to the simple production of the recording. He also includes a great live guitar/harmonica instrumental, "Holiday," recorded at the Pressroom in Portsmouth, NH. It is evident from experience, that this is basically a live studio recording, even while throwing that one truly live track, "Holiday," into the mix, there can't be much overdubbing here. The standout track on the Cd is Stan Moeller's "Water," which is an incredibly beautiful, heartfelt song. "Turn The Ochers Green" from T.S. Baker, is the true story of a man who took it upon himself to turn around an environmental blight, caused by a copper mining company, and is the finest ballad on the Cd.

We are treated to a few bonus tracks not listed in the notes, as Stan & T.S. include a strange impromptu blues song which sounds like it was recorded inside an Electrolux. Just one of those moments of studio craziness when the tape was actually running! This recording is just too much fun -- get it, play it, love it." (Jonathan Colcord, Crossroads Magazine)

Moeller and Baker have recorded 3 CDs (2 are available at cdbaby: Season of Change and Behind the Curtain). The other title, the duo's second release, "Walking on Ledges" is currently only available on cassette, and via the artist's web sites.

Audiences and critics have named Moeller and Baker...

"Folk Artist of the year - 1997" (Jam Music Magazine )

"Entertainer of the year, 1st Runner-up/1997" (New Hampshire Editions Magazine)

"Best Folk Duo of 1994" (The Seacoast Music Awards)

"Best Folk Duo of 1993" (The Portsmouth Herald)

"Best Locally-produced CD of 1993/"Walking on Ledges" (The Portsmouth Herald)

Appearances with:

Greg Brown
Leo Kottke
Christine Lavin
Jessie Colin Young
Patty Larkin
Roger McGuinn
Bill Morrissey
Cheryl Wheeler
& others...

What people have said about Stan Moeller and T.S. Baker:

"Incredible...Breaking all the musical molds" (The Boston Globe)

"An example of the best singer-songwriter inventory in the country" (Northeast Performer Magazine)

"Stan Moeller and T.S. Baker are one of the most enjoyable duos on the folk circuit today. They
have a nice balance of solo songs and harmonies, with each song coming through as a well-chiseled sculpture." (Sing Out! Magazine)

"Moeller can craft a rhythm so infectious that you'll dance to his tune, willing or not. T.S. sings acoustic pop and jazz, and writes sweet arrangements that add class." (Victory Review)

"They smoothly shift through a variety of styles from electric folk to Latin-beat pop to acoustic love songs to torchy jazz." (Dirty Linen)

"The chemistry of beauty. Wow!" (Buddy Mondlock, Singer-songwriter/Recording Artist)

"Beautiful ballads and intimate arrangements...songs that drift towards the experimental edge"
(Songwriter's Monthly)

"The combination of Baker's beautiful voice - with great range and passion - with their dual
acoustic guitars is exquisite. " (Jam Music Magazine)

"Baker and Moeller connect beautifully, conjuring up dazzling music and intriguing lyrics with
apparent effortlessness.." (The Portsmouth Herald)

"The songs are lyrically and musically stimulating, and the performances are stellar. It's
hard not to overuse superlatives..." (FACE Magazine)

"Sharp guitar licks and piercing lyrics...savory vocals. Good enough to eat!" (Marilyn Rea Beyer, WUMB)

"They're terrific." (Micah Engber, host of "Sometimes Acoustic," Maine Public Radio)

"If you ever get the chance to see Stan & T.S. - don't pass it up. They are equally as much fun to
watch as they are to listen to!" (Dick Pleasants, WGBH)



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