Reviewing Dandelion Wine, James Rodgers of Victory Review Magazine writes:
"With the traditional sound of Gillian Welch, mixed with Alison Krauss' upbeat warmth and charm, Devin Brewer makes new country the old-fashioned way."
Click on the Tracks list to the left to hear the upbeat bluegrass sound of "Saline Valley Winds", a road trip song with dueling guitar and dobro.
Songs So Real You Can Feel Them
Do you know that feeling when you hear a really good song? That satisfying intensity that wells up from deep within? That's what you'll feel when you listen to Devin Brewer's Dandelion Wine. You'll hear every vivid word and see the rich, colorful imagery. You'll feel the stories stir your imagaination because the words will put you there.
Hay Holler recording artist Wayne Henderson describes his reaction to Brewer's songs:
"I usually love to hear a new song a lot before I decide it's OK. But I was impressed with these songs to start with, and still like them."
Brewer's songs have the grittiness of bluegrass, but with a romantic spirit that leaves you feeling uplifted. Even the more melancholy tunes have a passionate, complex, life-affirming character. This is music of celebration -- believably jubilant songs that you'll be happy to have floating in your head long after the CD has stopped spinning.
The Cooper Point Journal says of Dandelion Wine:
"The album is about good times and hard living, absolute country and absolute city, finding love and leaving love, and just having fun with music."
Each of the eleven songs on the CD stands on its own, but the real potency you'll feel is in the totality of the album -- in the tension between a gliding swing tune ... a slow, lonesome waltz ... and a toe-tapping bluegrass number that makes your heart pound and your body ache to dance.
Click on the Tracks list to the left to listen to a sample from the toe-tapping bluegrass song "Sweet Mountain Sunshine."
In addition to Brewer's songwriting and singing, some of the best musicians in the Northwest played on Dandelion Wine. The explosion of the fiddle, the ring of the banjo, the twang of the dobro, the driving notes from a flatpicked guitar, the resonance of seasoned harmony singers -- put them all together and you have a band that gives you chills.
As Victory Review notes, this album is:
"... all about the joy of the guitar, banjo, fiddle, and dobro played passionately, with vocals over the top..."
The musicians came from varying musical backgrounds, and all brought with them a long list of accomplishments:
*Barbara Collins (fiddle) has performed on stage with Bill Monroe and Peter Rowan.
*James Schneider (banjo and bass) plays in Hot Club Sandwich, one of the Northwest's hottest gypsy swing bands.
*Edd Key (bass, harmony vocals, and co-producer) was named a "Local Treasure" by the Seattle Weekly.
*Plus Steve Schwind (guitar), Mike Grigoni (dobro), and Theresa Holmes (harmony vocals).
Each player added his or her instrumental expertise to Dandelion Wine, and the result is a fullness of acoustic sound you don't often hear today.
Click on the Tracks list to the left to get a taste of some of this expert picking and singing on the title track "Dandelion Wine."
Album Production Captures Warm Acoustic Sound
Dandelion Wine was recorded at Egg Studios in Seattle, WA. Why is Egg Studios significant? Because it is one of the few studios that has not succumbed to the lures of digital recording. Instead, Conrad Uno, an engineer with over 15 years of experience and many well-known recordings to his name, uses analog recording equipment that more accurately captures the warm sweetness of acoustic instruments.
The result is a rich, resonant sound that perfectly complements the music and lyrics on Dandelion Wine. The sonic edges are soft and smooth. There are no drums or electric guitar to get in the way, just the pure, full ring of acoustic instruments - the way they were meant to be heard.
Click on the Tracks list to the left to listen to that pure, acoustic ring from the swinging number "Train Track Boogie."
Add Dandelion Wine to Your Collection
Every part of Dandelion Wine adds up to a musical experience that is deeply satisfying. The songs, the harmonies, the picking, the fiddling, the warm sound -- all these elements add up to one gratifying collection of music that will just plain make you feel good.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Dandelion Wine
2. Moments With You
3. Train Track Boogie
4. Saline Valley Winds
5. Stay Here For a While
6. Sweet Mountain Sunshine
7. Bury Me Beneath the Willow
8. Nisqually Waltz
9. Long Road Home
10. Oly Town
11. Go Fishing Today