Ten years after the release of Songbird (now platinum), twelve years after her passing, a new Eva album of all new songs. From Dolly Parton's “Coat of Many Colors” to her own “Somewhere”, Eva covers a wide musical spectrum...country, folk, blues, R&B, western swing, appalachian, celtic, Willie Nelson, Gershwin.
Performance CreditsEva Cassidy Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Handwriting
Lenny Williams Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Performing Ensemble
Chris Walker Trumpet
Dan Cassidy Fiddle
Leigh Pilzer Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
William Ju Ju House Drums
Chris Biondo Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion
Keith Grimes Guitar,Electric Guitar
Raice McLeod Percussion,Drums
Blues Webb Percussion,Drums
Jen Krupa Trombone
William "Juju" House Drums
Leonie Tremain Background Vocals
Amba Tremain Background Vocals
Steve Lima Organ,Guitar,Drums
Rob Cooper Dobro,Lap Steel Guitar
Technical CreditsDolly Parton Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
John Pennell Composer
Fred Rose Composer
Leigh Pilzer Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Eva Cassidy Arranger,Composer,Producer,Author,Audio Production,Drawing
Chris Biondo Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
DuBose Heyward Composer
Bill Straw Liner Notes
Don Hecht Composer
J. Leslie McFarland Composer
Don Covay Composer
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Somewhere based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
This new album & amp quot Somewhere& amp quot beautifully showcases Eva Cassidy's many talents -- her original arrangements, her stunning ability to sing any genre, her highly skilled guitar playing and of course, her incomparable vocal delivery. & amp quot Summertime& amp quot is one of my all time favorites on the album because Eva has managed to arrange this classic into something all her own while simultaneously delivering exquisite vocals and brilliant acoustic guitar work. Eva Cassidy's voice always makes me want to pull my chair closer. The recordings & amp quot My Love is Like a Red Red Rose& amp quot , & amp quot Coat of Many Colors& amp quot , & amp quot If I Give My Heart& amp quot & quot performed with her brother, violinist Dan Cassidy& quot and & amp quot Bold Young Farmer& amp quot make me feel as if I've been scooted to a front row seat. Her vocals on these songs deliver that gorgeous purity that is classic Eva. Another highlight of the album is & amp quot Aint Doin' Too Bad& amp quot and I marvel over the way Eva moves effortlessly between blues, rock-a-billy, country and Texas swing with her arrangements of & amp quot Won't Be Long& amp quot , & amp quot Walkin& amp quot After Midnight& amp quot and & amp quot Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain& amp quot . One of the unique treats offered on this CD is the opportunity to witness Eva's work on two original songs & amp quot Early One Morning& amp quot & quot with her friend Rob Cooper& quot and & amp quot Somewhere& amp quot & quot written with long-time friend and producer Chris Biondo& quot . Both original works are unpredictable and take you somewhere new. I am particularly impressed with Eva's lyrics on the beautiful finale of the & amp quot Somewhere& amp quot they are both intimate and universal: & amp quot Is time my redeemer? Loneliness my only friend? Just once in a lifetime Strangers share a common end And I like an arrow Straight for love I went again And you like tomorrow Never knowing where and when Somewhere, somehow At sometime someone cared Maybe just for a moment Or maybe for a lifetime...& amp quot This album is a Five Star Musical Journey. Five days after its release, it has reached #3 on the UK Charts.
I went into the store and heard this CD playing. I listened to 2 songs and just knew that I had to have it. I also bought Somewhere. When I got home and listened it, BLEW ME AWAY! Blues, Jazz, and just some soulful music. What a terrible loss to the music community to have lost this one so early!
As a long time Eva Cassidy fan this album caught me off guard. It is not the smooth flowing series of ballads one would expect from this singer yet in many ways it just could be something better! The album is a direct response to recording companies who originally tried to limit Eva to one type of music. Eva had the ability to master Standards, Country, R& amp B and Folk and herein lies the proof. Fans of Eva's cover of & quot Fields Of Gold& quot will be quick to internalize the heartbreak in & quot A Bold Young Farmer& quot , sung with trademark vocals which attack the nervous system faster than any virus known to man. Another folk selection, & quot Red Red Rose& quot , is a close second in this emotional breakdown category because it is sung more true to it's origin as a Burns poem than as a bold ballad. This rose is a true love letter sung as if written on parchment. The award winning album, Live At Blues Alley, might have been even better had it included two songs from this new album. & quot Ain't Doin' Too Bad& quot retains her vocals from the historic Jan 3, 1996 appearance while also adding a new backing by original band members plus a horn section. If you ever wondered what Eva would have sounded like accompanied by the full complement of musicians she deserved this is the answer. Fans of the band will applaud the piano introduction by Lenny Williams, Keith Grimes's guitar solo and Raice McLeod's & quot made to order& quot drums. Chris Biondo, Eva's long time producer and band member " bass" , is superb in his producing of this track. Eva's country music fans will immediately notice the Dolly Parton song, & quot Coat Of Many Colors& quot , and an americana version of Don Hecht's & quot Walkin' After Midnight& quot . In both songs, Keith Grimes offers sublime support on guitar. Eva sings without the safety net of her regular band in & quot Early One Morning& quot . The album liner notes contain a photo of Eva's handwritten lyrics offering the first of two songs that indicate her skills progressed far beyond interpretation. Dobro and slide guitar work by Rob Cooper are perfect complements to Eva's vocals. Reinventing American Popular Song Standards was one of Eva's most unusual skills. Those who applaud her treatment of Irving Berlin's & quot Cheek To Cheek& quot on the Blues Alley release will quickly agree that she has pulled another musical rabbit out of a tophat with her version of the Gershwins & quot Summertime& quot . This take is one that sits so easily under a shade tree that you will spend hours trying to think of similar versions. Don't waste your energy. Eva's folk based interpretation is a true original. Any discussion of Eva's potential as a songwriter is now closed with the addition of the recording's title song, & quot Somewhere& quot . Co-written with Chris Biondo " music" , Eva's lyrics are far from casual and suggest a longing for love that may also apply to her need to create music...& quot and I like an arrow straight for love I went again& quot . Fans of Eva Cassidy will only understand her full creative force when they hear this song complete with her own multi-voice background vocals, dynamics that change within verse, and phrasing that always finds the maximum emotion. To borrow from the lyrics, & quot for a moment or for a lifetime& quot this is Eva Cassidy.