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Sky Is

by George Wallace & The Moontones

A leading performer on the Manhattan poetry scene, George Wallace joins UK's Moontones to provide a hauntingly seductive landscape of poetry and music; mellifluous voice and intuitive accompaniment sway the listener, like a surreal hand in a velvet glove.
Genre: Spoken Word: With Music
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1. When I Go Away
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2. 12th Street Shuffle
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3. Because
3:40 $0.99
4. This Does Not Stop Me
3:44 $0.99
5. Heaven Soars East
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6. Growing
2:40 $0.99
7. Sky Is
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8. I Have Discovered a Country
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Album Notes
"Cool and musical"
"A post-existential enigmast"
--Charles Plymell
"A surreal trip through the heartland of America"
"His reading voice reminds me of ee cummings, the best I know"
--Mary De Rachewiltz
"A spellbinding reader -- Jack Kerouac would've loved him!"
--David Amram

Based in New York and a regular on the performance scene, George Wallace -- author of fourteen chapbooks of poetry -- tours nationally and internationally to read his work at cafes, universities and festivals. A trained musician as well as a master poet, he has performed from the Bowery Poetry Club to Carnegie Hall, from the Beat Museum to Woodstock, from Boston to Fort Lauderdale, and from the Dylan Thomas Centre to Shakespeare & Co, Paris. He appears frequently in the United Kingdom from Cornwall to Cumbria and London to Liverpool, and has read in Italy, Ireland, Denmark and Greece. And he's appeared at many festivals across the country, from the Woody Guthrie Festival, Lowell Celebrates Kerouac, Howlfest and Rexroth Festival to the Insomniacathon in Lexington, Kentucky.

Praised for the 'Whitmanian breadth' of his voice, and his distinctive merger of bop prosody and surreal commentary, recent years have seen Wallace on stage in collaboration with musicians or opening for them -- a list that includes DJ Spooky, John Sinclair, Paul Winston and Levon Helm. And he is in the frequent company of such Beat, Post-Beat and Alternative figures as David Amram, John Cassady, Steve Dalachinsky, Ira Cohen, Donovan Leitch, Peter Max, Charles Plymell, Janine Pommy Vega, AD Winans and others.

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Heather Hitchcock

This is powerful good stuff
Listening to George Wallace read reminds me just why I love poetry so much. It's moving,raw,honest,captivating.And George has this amazing intimate delivery, like he's reading it just to you. I'm enchanted. Wonderful poetry,wonderful CD.

geraldine green

what is soul? - george wallace has it in abundance!
i've had the pleasure of reading alongside george wallace at a number of gigs now and part of the pleasure for me is watching other people respond, as i unfailingly do! to his performance. to see audiences light up to the rawness, vulnerability, generousity of spirit, sheer power and delivery style of his poetry and his joy of life. it's a great privilege to witness and participate in such an honest to goodness experience of what it is to be fully alive. he's also a very fine craftsman of his work. on SKY IS his range of voice & tone is enhanced by the moontones understated accompaniment. listen to this cd and you'll (re)discover what soul is - george wallace has it in abundance!

Pris Campbell

A fantastic CD of poems and music.
The mix of music and readings in this CD mesh perfectly. George Wallace reads some of his best poems with the voice of a man who knows how to reach and tantalize his audience with the beauty of his words. The choice of music complements the poetry and enhances the surrealistic feel of these wonderful poems. Excellent CD!

Larissa Shmailo, Sliding Scale Poetry

Magical, musical, must-have poetry CD
Sky Is is a compilation of breathtaking poems by George Wallace. Listen and understand why this man is hailed as the Walt Whitman of our age. Wallace's heart and soul are only matched by his rapier-like wit and uncanny wordsmith acumen. Do yourself and your loved ones a favor and buy Sky Is now.

Phibby Venable

A voice of clarity and passion
It is easy to listen to the voice of this artist. The
words are powerful and thought provoking...each line opening to the next in clarity and passion. Beautifully
expressed..conviction and heart.

Lorraine Conlin

An auditory journey through surreal into reality
The soft voice of Mr. Wallace set to music by The Moontones journies the listener through the surreal into the reality of each poem. The tempo of the music and the power of the poetry work well together as if one medium were created for the other!

Duane Esposito

Close, sonic landscapes!
George Wallace does with poetry & sound what ought to be done, especially in this time of mass distraction: he creates landscapes within which live, closely & carefully & sonically, for a while. This is the work of poetry-- it keeps us alive.

Ulf Bleyth Pendrivel

Just as I thought George Wallace is the Governer !
Hypnotic voice, magnetic music.
This time out on George's voyage through American byways those Magnificant Moontones have done it again. Another harmonious production well worth the listening.
Cool man, like ice cream, get yours now !

Denis Gray

A glorious experience awaits you--
Once you enter George Wallace's world, you'll not want to leave it. There's nothing more wonderful than surprise, and this CD is suffused with it. There are highlight poems, indeed: 12th street shuffle, because, this does not stop me; and then the CD ends perfectly with I have discovered a country.
This CD should win some spoken word award that's even bigger than its big, big heart.

Jill Chan

Perfect match of voice and music
I think the voice and the music match perfectly here, sometimes soothing, sometimes with an almost mystical intensity. And the poems themselves are a wonder. Great stuff!
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