CD Strangest Places (CD 424827),
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1. Four Leaf Clover
2. Don't Feel Like Cryin'
3. Strangest Places
5. Never Believe You Now
6. Say It Like That
7. Your Faithful Friend
8. All I Want
9. In Light of It All
10. Keeps My Body Warm
11. Guitar Song
12. Summer's Ending
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 18839
Michael McCarthy; Mitch Watkins; Stuart Sullivan
Personnel: Abra Moore (vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, tamborine); Mitch Watkins (acoustic, electric and baritone guitars, keyboards, harmonium, bass, shakers, cabasa, programming, drum loops, background vocals); Lloyd Maines (slide & steel guitars); Gene Elders (violin); John Mills (clarinet, baritone saxophone); J. P. Allen (harmonica); Doug Hall (piano); Stewart Cochran (Hammond B-3 organ); Serge Laine (melodeon, hurdy gurdy); Chris Maresh (bass); Chris Searles (drums, percussion); Brannen Temple (drums); John "Mambo" Treanor (washboard, percussion); Jose Galeano (timbales); Jimmy LaFave (background vocals).
Principally recorded at Cedar Creek Recording, Austin, Texas.
"Four Leaf Clover" was nominated for a 1998 Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.
Personnel: Abra Moore (vocals, tambourine); Mitch Watkins (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, shaker, programming); Lloyd Maines (slide guitar, steel guitar); Gene Elders (violin); J.P. Allen (harmonica); John Mills (clarinet, baritone saxophone); Chris Maresh (bass guitar); Chris Searles (drums, percussion); Brannen Temple (drums); John Treanor (washboard); Jimmy LaFave (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Jack Joseph Puig.
Recording information: Boiler Room, Austin, TX; Cedar Creek recording, Austin, TX; Institute, Austin, TX; Meredian Studio, San Anton.
Photographer: Dennis Keeley.
Think Liz Phair. Think Joan Osborne. Now stop thinking, because while there are certain rough, genre-specific comparisons, Abra Moore is an artist who is out to prove herself as her own woman, and her own musician. On this, her debut effort, Moore blends the rich influences of her childhood (her bohemian parents hipped her to Billie Holiday, the Stones and Dylan at a young age) with a compellingly sweet, yet rough-around-the-edges brand of alternative guitar pop. "Four Leaf Clover" defines her approach, with its rich blend of acoustic guitar and heartfelt vocals, while "Don't Feel Like Cryin'" picks up the pace with a wrenching, driving beat. Moore has a powerful voice, and she knows how to use it expressively. This disc is highly recommended for fans of alternative pop.
Entertainment Weekly (6/20/97, p.75) - "...a funky outing that sounds like Rickie Lee Jones jamming with middle-period Beatles. Thanks to Moore's giddy vocal delivery, rubbery grooves, and snaky melodies, STRANGEST PLACES makes for buoyant listening that can still shake the rafters." - Rating: B
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