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by Vickie Russell

Melodious, heartrending, and uplifting: yard sales, diner divas, the dating game, lost soul mates- the ordinary stuff of life turns from riotously funny to tragic and even hopeful in her clever hands.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Painted By Monet
2:46 $0.99
2. Tell Me From Your Heart
3:23 $0.99
3. Next
2:39 $0.99
4. All the Time
4:13 $0.99
5. Every Day's a Miracle
3:53 $0.99
6. I Want You
3:53 $0.99
7. He's Your Man Now
3:04 $0.99
8. Eva the Diner Diva
4:35 $0.99
9. Song For Peter
4:49 $0.99
10. Dream I Dream
3:29 $0.99
11. Go to Sleep
3:41 $0.99
12. Yard Sale
2:58 $0.99
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Album Notes
Joy,oh joy....another of Vickie Russell's melodious, heartrending, and often uplifting CDs has exploded on the scene once again.
Vickie's new CD Next is a wonderfully refreshing accomplishment and reveals her very diversified talents. She covers a wide range of original songs from sentimental ballads to humorous country to tender personal family tales, all with a crisp clear voice and high caliber accompaniment, recorded and produced impeccably. A very enjoyable 43 minutes of music that fits almost any mood or occasion and will change your frame of mind to a positive one if you need a lift. Often with classical overtones, her eminently hummable melodies linger in the ear of one's memory day after day, long after the last note has played.

Vickie Russell, touring singer/songwriter based in New Paltz, NY, performs her stunningly original heartfelt and often hilarious songs on keyboard and guitar. With influences from Bach and Chopin to Carol King, Elton John and Sting, Christine Lavin, Russell will pull you into her world of love, laughter and hope. This award winning versatile artist keeps audiences enthralled whether she’s taking things slow on painfully honest pop ballads, wailing the blues on Yard Sale, or sharing a funny true story through a country tune like Next. Concertgoers have enjoyed her as a main act as well as when opening for names like the 10,000 Maniacs, Donovan, Rick Danko, Leon Russell, Richie Havens, Tuck and Patti, Cris Williamson, Full Frontal Folk, David Wilcox, Jeffrey Gaines, Peter Mayer, Groovelily, John Flynn, Chris Smither, Cheryl Wheeler, Lesley Gore and Jill Sobule. Playing throughout the USA, Europe, Japan and in her native New York hot spots, Vickie Russell is winning the hearts of audiences around the world.



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Brooke Curtis-Twang Town

Vickie Russell evokes laughs, tears on new album
Don’t be fooled by the smiling, innocuous face on the cover; there’s a wicked wit hiding beneath the pop country flavors and Adult Contemporary hooks on Next. More specifically, the title track which is about searching for Mr. Right and, well, sometimes ending up with Ms. Wrong. “Big, blonde and built/You thought he was a steal,” Russell sings playfully. “Then you caught him dancing/In your panties and heels.” Pretty funny stuff, and the kind of song which could leap onto country radio with its hilarious lyrics alone. (Actually, knowing the market quite well, it’d probably take a cover from a popular country act to get it onto the proper airwaves, which is too bad.) That tune alone is worth having this CD. Every woman should be able to relate to it, the frustrations of the dating scene wherein each seemingly good find turns out to be a bust - or even an arsonist.

Nevertheless, I don’t want to peg Vickie Russell as a novelty singer, either. “All the Time” is a moving tale of romantic reconciliation with a sad beginning and a happy ending, breaking away from country music’s soap opera formula of napkin weeping. Russell strays from her country roots, too. The piano-driven, cello-colored ”Painted by Monet” showcases some elegant artistry while “Tell Me from Your Heart” recalls early ’80s AM radio Adult Contemporary. On “He’s Your Man Now,” Russell manages to be both humorous and melancholy, simultaneously missing an old flame while warning his new girl about his faults.

Carson James-Chill Out Island

Vickie Russell returns wit to country music
If Dolly Parton is interested in reviving her superstar country career, she might want to think about covering the title track of Vickie Russell’s new CD. “What about the one before, I think it was Wayne?/At your 10th reunion you rekindled the flame/Got you hot and bothered by the way he kissed/Had a second job as an arsonist,” Russell sings. Such twisted humor has sadly become a lost art in country music; I applaud Russell for reminding us that this genre is not as vanilla as people think.

Russell sways back and forth from old to new country, utilizing elements of both to create a sound that is neither too retro nor too pop. She should be able to corral both audiences then. Her singing borrows from folk music, such as on ”Painted by Monet” and “I Want You,” with its reflective acoustic opening that then picks up speed. The piano song, “Go to Sleep,” is as sweet and uplifting they come. You will emerge from Next with a large smile on your face, either from laughing out loud or simply being touched.

Robert Lindquist

Time flies and some times it's a good thing. While it may not seem like five years since Vickie's last CD, Welcome Home, it's still been a long wait for those of us who truly enjoy the products of her craft. On Next, Vickie dishes up a dozen new tracks in her signature Pop/Pop-Country style, only this time she has definitely taken it up a notch. As good as her last CD was, this one is better. The band is tight and right on with a heapin' helpin' of mind-grabbing hooks and excellent solos, her vocals are strong and solid and the production is impeccable. Vickie's songwriting pulls tales direct from the "life happens" department, and that means she never misses a chance to weave in a little of that observational humor that she's known for. Hopefully, it won't be another five years before Vickie's next CD, but if so, this one is plenty good to hold us over.

Musician & Singer Magazine 11/20/08

David Malachoski

Vickie Russell's 'Next' an impressive album
New Paltz songbird Vickie Russell checks in with another impressive release, "Next." Produced by Russell and Robert Bard, it combines her accessible melodies and clever wordplay that has become her trademark.

Local heroes Martin Keith on bass, Eric Parker on drums and Amy Fradon on vocals make impressive appearances here.

If you've been to her live shows, you've heard her tell the story about how when she was a youngster, she told her parents, "I want to be famoused." She's a step closer with this release.

The heart of "Next" is her gorgeous voice, as she telegraphs knowing insights to modern life and love. The spare piano and violin of "Painted by Monet" starts the proceedings. "Tell Me From Your Heart" follows the same template until the chorus when drums join in.

The title track "Next" has a country swing to it and a lighthearted look at love in modern times. The pensive "All the Time" is, uum, next, a fairytale love story with a happy ending (after all).

"Every Day's A Miracle" is a near rocker, while "I Want You" reverts back to an acoustic guitar and voice for the verse, but explodes into a kickin' chorus with drums and all.

Some of the songs have Cabaret leanings, like the "Eva The Diner Diva," or the hilarious "Yard Sale."

"Song For Peter" and "Go to Sleep" could even work well in musical theatre.

All around musical comfort food, Russell scores big with this one.

David Malachowski-Daily Freeman, Kingston, NY 3/21/08

Fred Migliore

Vickie Russell caught me by surprise in 2003 when she came to visit us on FM Odyssey radio with her new album Welcome Home. I was familiar with the

back-up vocal work she had done with legendary artists, but it was immediately obvious to me that this was a powerful recording that made me realize what a strong talent she is on her own.

Her latest release Next is proof that Vickie is here to stay. Not only has she become an even stronger song writer as evidenced by the song All the time, but her willingness to stretch her boundaries in songs such as Yard Sale and Eva the Diner Diva. They are a testament to the fact that she delivers inspiring and thought provoking music.

Next is a “must have” CD for anyone that is thirsty for brilliantly executed music in a time when that is extremely difficult to find.

Fred Migliore – FM Odyssey Radio