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Wake Me When the Wind Dies Down

by Vicky Emerson

Americana singer/songwriter, Vicky Emerson, serves up her trademark blending of folk, blues and traditional country that harken to early Lucinda Williams and Jason Isbell.
Genre: Country: Americana
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2. Rattle Shake
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3. Long Gone
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4. Silhouette
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5. Runaway Train
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6. Save All My Cryin' (For Sunday Afternoons)
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8. Dance Me Into the Night
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9. September Midnight
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
In the middle of June 2015, Vicky stepped off the plane onto the tarmac and it was blue sky for as far as the eye could see. Montana blue sky. Putting two feet on the ground, she took in the mountains in the distance and raised her face to the sun. Then, the wind took her by surprise, whirled her hair, billowed her skirt, and threw her completely off balance. For three days, that fierce wind didn’t let up until she boarded her plane home to Minneapolis.

It was on this trip that Vicky recognized the parallel between that Montana wind and her own life. “I am a wife and mother to two small children, and most days I feel swept away by the complete chaos and incredible love that they bring into my life. The physical feeling of the strong wind that chased me around all weekend was the first time I could make a tangible comparison to how I was feeling emotionally. I realized in Montana that letting myself succumb to the wind, rather than resist and attempt to control every detail in my life, could bring me some much needed peace.”

The story of balancing a family and career is by no means a new one, but it is always an immense challenge for the person experiencing it for the first time. With her newfound perspective about letting it all go, the songs came and they came fast.

Always influenced by the work of Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris, Vicky also turned her ear to JD McPherson, Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell for inspiration. From there, she brought her batch of songs to longtime friend, collaborator, and acclaimed producer, Matt Patrick. Patrick produced her last two albums (Long Ride and Dust & Echoes) and readily signed on to produce a third. Enlisting the talents of Steve Goold (Sara Bareilles, Ben Rector), Ian Allison (Jeremy Messersmith), Jake Armerding (Bela Fleck, Nickel Creek), Aaron Fabbrini (Sarah Groves), Steve Bosmans (John Mark Nelson), the bedtracks were tracked in a live setting in three days and with Patrick’s vision, an incredible Americana album was born.

Patrick said, “Wake Me When The Wind Dies Down is a highlight record for me with Vicky. Her classic sense of songwriting permeates this album, but with a boost of vigor and feistiness. It charters both new and old waters of Americana music, which haven't yet been heard by Vicky Emerson fans. I believe this to be her best record to date and am honored and humbled to have been asked to be a part of it.”

Her music has always been steeped in blues, folk and traditional country, blended in her Americana trademark sound. By letting it all go, vocally and musically, Vicky was able to tap into that spark and sass that fans love to see when she plays live. The album was funded by fans and friends through a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign and validates the loyal following spanning the globe that Emerson has cultivated over the last decade through touring and previous releases.

Emerson said, “Motherhood has made me brave. I simply don’t have the time to have for the crippling back and forth with my self doubt anymore. Now, I go with my first instinct and stay as close as possible to my internal compass. Conversely, motherhood has made me vulnerable. The love I have for my family has cracked my heart open wide, overflowing with unconditional love. This intense love is always present in everything that I do. So, the dichotomy between these two entities provided some very fertile ground for my songwriting.”

Wake Me When the Wind Dies Down will be released on January 1st, 2016.

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Judith Anderson

Wow and more Wow!
With Wake Me When the Wind Dies Down, Vicky's newest album, she has taken her songwriting and delivery of the songs to a whole new height! After listening to it the first time, I sat back and thought to myself, "Wow!" Her voice sounded absolutely amazing and after listening to it many times in my home and car, I've yet to decide which is my favorite song, though "Long Gone" and "Silhouette" are right up there. She has such a variety of sounds in the various songs, it is truly hard to decide! I went to her website to check on Vicky after listening to the album and found out there is a video of "Long Gone" posted. When I got to the end of that, again I thought to myself, "Wow!" The ending surprised me! All I can say is this artist has created some outstanding work. Kudos, Vicky! Wow!
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Wake Me When the Wind Dies Down

A Scintillating Resurgence of Vicky E's Songwriting
As a long time fan of Vicky's music who has followed her career from her days of penning impressive scores for piano to her debut as a multifaceted artist who wrote and sang her own songs, I have been lucky enough to have witnessed live much of her impressive arc as an artist.
I really like this album and to me it fulfills the promise that was intrinsic in my previously favorite, her 2005 "Reach". At the time what impressed me most about Reach was the artful fusion of insightful lyrics with great tunes that were musically layered. Wake Me When the Wind Dies Down shows that Vicky has been polishing her craft and had taken her talent to the next level. Her lyrics are deeply personal and come heartfelt from her own experience. Here the musical layering is absolutely phenomenal! What an inspired group of musicians she is working with. My favorite song on the album is September Midnight. If it was up to me this is what I would have called the album! To me this song captures the bittersweet nature of life and love as time marches on.
I am also fond of the folksy Dance Me Into The Night, Lyndale, and Silhouette . The more pop/country Under My Skin, Runaway Train and the intentionally disturbing Rattle Shake also are memorable to me. Two of songs on the album, Save All My Cryin' and Follow the Moon sound like country music standards, sound like they might have been lost recordings by a famous country artist from the years ago, except that they both have Vicky's special twist and seem like an homage to her musical roots.
Vicky has self-identified her genre as Americana, a genre that seems to lack the marketing muscle that pervades and compartmentalizes most pop and country music. I surmise that this classification leaves Vicky the freedom to eclectically mix pop, folk & country elements in her albums which she does masterfully. The tragedy here is that for most folks her music remains undiscovered. My special wish is that you give this great artist a listen and help her break though to the fame she so richly deserves.
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