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stories never told
(for comments and reviews of "Burning Down the House" click here)
"This band has grown musically so fast!!! Very impressed! ~ Buddy Michaels, WBAG/KRX/WLHC
"Nice original tunes and a fitting performance. It's nice to have folks introducing fresh material like this to the music." ~ Joe Steiner, WLFC
"Spinning this one ALOT!" ~ Gracie Muldoon, WorldWideBluegrass.com
"Love this band! Great job!" ~ Jean Johnson, WorldWideBluegrass.com
"I like it." ~ Donald Malcolm ~ WOOL/WHIC/WVFA
"More good tunes from the west coast!" ~ Stewart Beach, WRHC
"Great old-timey sound! ~ Darwin Lee Hill, WHVW
"Nice song writing and they enjoy what they do which makes their music enjoyable." ~ Billy Dunbar, KKRF/WWB
" It's a kick to go to the mailbox and find a new CD from a Northwest band, particularly on with the energy and joy of "stories never told", a new release by Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising. Featuring all original tunes by band members, the disk shows a range of songwriting chops, good picking, well-balanced vocals with fine harmony singing. Think about the best campfire jam you've ever experienced, ramp it up several notches, and you begin to get a sense of the goodtime feeling of "stories never told".
KBPR is Kathy Boyd, whose rock steady bass provides solid rhythm throughout; Tim Crosby on fiddle, mandolin and guitar; Dennis Nelson on guitar and Tom Tower, Dobro and banjo. They're tight.
And for songwriting, it's hard to match this: Nelson was the 2008 Roots Music Association Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year and band mate Crosby finished in the Top 5.
"Phoenix Rising", the only instrumental on the disk, is a lively up-tempo romp. But it's the stories told here that make the music memorable. Folks will have different favorites. I'm partial to Crosby's "Uncle Whiskey", a cautionary family saga punctuated with tasteful banjo. There are too many good ones to mention here. Check out the website to find the album and book them for your festival. ~ Dick Davis, Washington Bluegrass Gazette, Spring 2009
"Stories Never Told" from Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising, is similar to their previous effort (BU, Oct. '07). The 15 tracks are all originals and include "Uncle Whiskey", "Risky Business", and "Bigfoot Jubilee". While the vocals tend to be somewhat rough in spots, there is still plenty of entertaining music. ~ Bluegrass Unlimited, July 2009
"This Oregon-based band has cleverly infused original songs with a bouncy, tongue-in-cheek humor and a true-to-form roots bluegrass sound. Phoenix Rising is Kathy Boyd on bass, Tim Crosby on fiddle/mandolin/guitar, Tom Tower on Dobro/banjo and Dennis Nelson on guitar.
The album features 15 songs, all written by band members, with one instrumental and 14 vocals. The instrumental, the band theme song, "Phoenix Rising", has a strong interplay of fiddle and banjo with an underlying rhythm that could power an old country dance.
Dennis Nelson's songs have a lyrical connection to the classic traditional songs. His "Whispering Pines" has a nostalgic look at the past with grandparents, and a lost love living in the piney woods. His "Living In Those Hills So Far Away" has a barefoot boy, fishing pole, front porch and a lonesome valley - another portrait of the past. His "The Grass Is Always Greener When It's Blue" is a tip of the hat to some bluegrass song cliches - the angel band, the old folks at home and the tavern in the town.
Multi-instrumentalist Tim Crosby's songs have an extra dollop of humor. His "Hard Luck Son We Know You" (a unique title to be sure) has time for dancing, Grateful Dead, tofu and herb tea all mixed in a bouncy blend of fiddle and banjo. His "Risky Business" catalogs life's hazards - meteorites, snake bites, muggings, plague and falling out of airplanes.
Tom Tower's unique perspective on songwriting has his muse following a "Bigfoot Jubilee" in the Abiqua and then searching for "Holy Words and Sacred Water" on your long journey home.
Dance to the rhythms, laugh at the lyrics and enjoy the show!" ~ Brenda Hough, California Bluegrass Association Bluegrass Breakdown - April 2009
"Another thoroughly entertaining project. It doesn't take much to close your eyes and imagine being in the center of a great jam late at night. The original material is thought provoking and makes you want to listen to it over and over. Once you hear it, the more you want to listen to it again and again. The vocals are heartfelt and you can feel the enthusiasm in their voices. This project has a read easy going feel about it. You just have to love it!!!! I know my listeners did. I played the entire project and a majority of the songs were requested to be played again. This project will be be my constant companion for many weeks to come ~ Al Shusterman, KCBL Backroads Bluegrass
"Listening to "Stories Never Told" both on my
computer and JBL monitors - this is very easy to listen to! The image is like
standing in front of the stage with everyone nicely spaced.
"Many thanks for sending us a copy of Stories Never
Told which I have been thoroughly enjoying. You all have definitely etched out
your own unique sound and have written some truly memorable material which you
play with some real enthusiasm and excitement. I especially enjoyed "Living In
Those Hills So Far Away," "Oh the Dreadful Wind and Rain," "Uncle Whiskey" and
the humorous "Bigfoot Jubilee" and "Karaoke Cowboy," which I feel confident are
"Lots has been noticed and said about bright & bubbly
Kathy Boyd and Phoenix Rising - a traditional, fun bluegrass group to listen to
and apparently watch. Though I've not seen them perform in person - I've heard
many reports of the Bluegrass community giving them high marks for stage
performance, presence - and entertain-ability - and just noticing the vids on
their MySpace page - I'd say the rumors are correct. I've also gotten to know
Kathy in a 'chat' kind of way and she certainly is a positive energy soul. I
like that! Kathy is one of the most enthusiastic folks in know in Bluegrass and
she gets everyone excited about her band!
"The three early release tracks for "stories never told", in my least varnished view, are fantastic! Am so looking forward to the remainder of your songs on the entire CD!! Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising is a field full of creativity with no apprehension about sharing it!!" ~ Eric Cole, Eric's Oregon Territory Bluegrass on the WWB
"This is awesome." ~ Bette Carl, Hooah!!! Radio
"For me, and I know, too, for our listening audience, it's always a sheer fresh-air delight to hear good quality music with lyrics with rich meaning, and that's where your album comes in!" ~ Geoff Morris, Wall-to-Wall Bluegrass on the WWB
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