|Josie Field & Laurie Levine — Tigerlily (Nov 02, 2015)|
Josie Field & Laurie Levine — Tigerlily (Nov 02, 2015)
°♥° A rare collaboration of two of South Africa’s best female singer songwriters. Field’s deep, soulful blues tones blend with Levine’s velvet honey country inflections, with a strong focus on their elegant harmonies. A beautiful folk masterpiece. An Award winning Duo.Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Album release: Nov 02, 2015
Record Label: Self Released
Genre: Country, Folk, Americana
01 Trailblazing 4:18
02 End of the Line 3:07
03 Same Eyes 3:21
04 Lifetime On the Road 3:47
05 Bow and Arrow 4:34
06 Sweet Nothing 3:27
07 Bullets [Explicit] 3:53
08 Tigerlily 3:41
09 Hell’s Gonna Break Loose [Explicit] 3:42
10 Afterglow 4:30
11 Flight 4:38
℗ 2015 Josie Field & Laurie Levine
°♥° The blues infused vocal–rock of Josie Field connects with the intimate folk, country styles of Laurie Levine to create a unique and intimate musical experience. °♥° Dubbed the ‘Collaboration of the Year’ (2013), and winners of the Standard Bank Ovation award in Grahamstown in 2014, these two Joburg based singer songwriters have created a sound that has gone from strength to strength over the last three years.
°♥° Following a string of successful national tours and the development of their well loved unique musical partnership, the singer songwriters have decided to take their collaboration to the next level by releasing their first co written album consisting of a collection of brand new original material. The first of its kind for two female South African singer songwriters, ‘Tigerlily’ is a rich blend of Josie Field’s deep, soulful blues tones with Laurie Levine’s velvet honey country inflections, with a strong focus on their elegant harmonies.
°♥° After 16 years experience, nine albums and a dozen SAMA nominations between them, these songwriters have honed their craft on ‘Tigerlily’ with eleven beautifully constructed and catchy songs. Ranging from heartfelt folk melodies to sassy, soulful and blues textured tracks, the album’s organic production allows the songs to breath. The combination of earthy acoustic instruments such as banjo and ukulele with electric instruments such as pedal steel and dobro, solidify the duos new signature sound.
°♥° “The audience is enraptured by the angelic beauty coming from the stage. And, surprise, surprise, their voices are finely tuned to each other. This is world class, goose-bump material … I have discovered something wondrous.” Therese Owen, IOL Tonight.
°♥° “In a music–industry dominated by vapid celebrity hype and cheap sensationalist tactics, this tour is brilliant in its ability to showcase two consummate artists, who though at the top of their game, lack pretension or ego” Alice Meyer, What’s on in Cape Town.
°♥° Folk/Americana singer songwriter from Johannesburg, South Africa. Loves furry creatures. Especially dogs.LAURIE LEVINE BIOGRAPHY:
°♥° Border Crossing, the fourth record from South Africa’s Laurie Levine, is a revelation of what can happen when comfort zones are jettisoned, old habits sent packing and boundaries trampled on.
°♥° Recorded during the first half of 2013 at Johannesburg’s Stoep Studio, the 11–track record displays Levine’s ongoing love affair with the folk and country that has driven her previous three albums — Unspoken (2007), Living Room (2009), and Six Winters (2011).
°♥° But, true to its title, Border Crossing also goes on an adventure in search of other sounds that can serve Levine’s often–extraordinary tales of emotional dislocation, leaving and homecoming, and, mostly, love.
°♥° What turns up in this pursuit is soul. Lashings of it in fact, with “Last One Standing” swaying to the sounds of Stax–era female backing vocals and a plump horn section (courtesy of Boykey Sidley and Bez Roberts) — and “Every Man” coming on like a sonic throwback that’s simultaneously headed to the future at full–tilt.
°♥° Also muscling its way into the musical mix is rootsy rock ‘n roll that delivers an intoxicating energy to several songs on Border Crossing. One of these is “Stealing My Love” which has, unsurprisingly, found an eager reception at South African radio, becoming the first single off the record and marking a new step in Levine’s seven–year career.
°♥° “This album is both an extension of and a departure from the songs that I’ve played before,” says Levine of Border Crossing. “It’s something familiar and something new. It’s a piece of me right here, right now and I can’t wait to share it.”
°♥° Levine’s buoyancy is echoed by Border Crossing’s producer, Dan Roberts, whose work on Six Winters earned him a Best Producer South African Music Award in 2012.
°♥° “When Laurie pitched up with this new body of work it was clear she had a bunch of new things to say, although her romance with the music of the American South continues,” says Roberts. “Clearly Laurie is in a different place to the shimmering beauty and sense of loss that was Six Winters. This Laurie wanted to party, though clearly in a Laurie way!”
°♥° Levine was also intent on bringing a bunch of friends along for the party, starting with her partner, Barry Berk.
°♥° “We have a great little home studio set up, and we started putting down some of the songs I had written over the last few months,” recalls Levine. “It was a new experience having the freedom to put down ideas in the moment in your own house and explore different sounds freely.” This early production, combined with some co–writing with Roberts and Berk, allowed for an exploration of different styles and influences. ‘The rock and soul you hear on the album came out of an openness to songwriting collaboration that I let into the creative process this time around,” confides Levine.
°♥° Once the process of recording had begun, Levine and Roberts called on sparkling line–up of talent to breathe life into the songs. Drummer Justin Badenhorst, Tebogo Sedumedi on bass and vocals, Lebo Moalusi on vocals and keyboardist Tshepo Hope Monareng. “Tebogo plays with HHP and is force of nature, Tshepo is a keyboard player with a heavenly touch and groove, Lebo has a background in Gospel and Justin was brilliant on drums,” says Roberts of the four–piece. “What a band they turned out to be.”
°♥° For Levine, the decision to work with new musicians proved inspired.
°♥° “I am discovering the beauty of what happens when you bring together musicians with such different styles and backgrounds,” she says. “We’re in search of a meeting place where acoustic instruments can be carried by the rhythm of gospel and soul. A hoedown in a shed filled with trumpets, tambourines, banjos, guitars and the intertwining voices of folk, soul and rock n roll.”°♥° “Front Seat”, coming midway on Border Crossing, maybe best captures the sense of musical camaraderie that so invitingly infuses the record. “These wrong turns, they show me the right way,” sings Levine on this rollicking track, once again showing her lyrical prowess that has only gathered enviable steam since Unspoken.
°♥° Still, even though Border Crossing sees Levine finding new sonic settings for her material and embracing new collaborations, at the heart of the record is the very stuff that has earned Levine fans around the world since 2007. A standout on this terrific album is “Falling Down”, a song that, with aching emotion, details the bleak nothingness that can easily tug us — in this case a suburban mother — into the undertow.
°♥° Poetic, understated and powerful, the song encompasses Levine’s signature sound that on Border Crossing has also morphed into bold, new directions. With a successful UK tour in 2012 and rave reviews for Six Winters internationally (No Depression gave it 10/10 and Uncut gave it 8/10), Border Crossing is set to be the record that firmly places Levine where she deserves to be: crossing borders the world over to take her music to new fans.
°♥° http://www.laurielevine.co.za/JOSIE FIELD
°♥° After a nine year career, four albums and receiving six (6) South African Music Award (SAMA) nominations by 2012 including Best Female Artist: Josie Field has had one of the more interesting journeys through the South African music landscape.
°♥° Her signature sound is a potent mix of lyricism and fire, heart–felt issues and tender constructions. She has a unique voice as well as vocal delivery style that sets her apart from the mainstream pop princesses of the music world. This marked leaning to sing about actual issues means that her guitar–led songs have an edge to them that many do not expect. Having dabbled in soul, blues and country in her third album and with strong elements of jazz coming through on her latest release, Josie is no ordinary folk musician, don’t be misled by the singer/songwriter tag.
°♥° Her debut album Mercury was the spark that started the fire back in 2006. Several songs went on to receive radio play–listing and the album sold well. Josie followed that up in 2008 with Leyland which was an altogether deeper, slightly darker record.
°♥° She received three (3) SAMA and two (2) MK Award nominations for the album but has not stopped there. 1984 was released in early 2011 and was an instant hit with fans and critics alike receiving three (3) SAMA nominations in 2012 including the coveted “Best Female Artist” nomination.
°♥° Josie Field has emerged from being the new, young singer–songwriter on the block to being an established artist with a career of depth and variety. She has stuck to her guns, developing a body of work that has to be taken seriously in its range, depth and the accumulated volume of hours behind it. Her on-going creative collaboration with producer Kevin Leicher has added structure to her output over time. Josie is a hard working artist, gigging, song–writing and recording in an on–going loop of activity.
°♥° Josie started out playing open–mic sessions wherever she could. But since then she has had airplay on every national and regional radio station in the country and shared the stage with huge international acts including James Blunt, Ziggy Marley, Westlife, Missy Higgins and most recently, Michelle Shocked. She was also one of the artists who sang for Nelson Mandela at his 90th Birthday party and performed at Fan Parks at the Semi and Finals of the Soccer World Cup 2010.
°♥° This energetic singer has also kept herself busy with more than just shows and award ceremonies. In 2010 Josie became ambassador for the Levi Strauss Curve ID campaign, which has changed the way woman will shop for jeans forever. In the following year her song Power taken from 1984, was partnered with the Suzuki Kizashi advertising campaign.
°♥° 2011 saw Field organize her own music festival, The Drake Music Festival, which she promoted, managed and ran herself. Three albums is a career for many artists in South Africa, but Josie has no intention of stopping anytime soon. Having teamed up with Laurie Levine (Americana singer songwriter) in 2013 for Side By Side, their folksy side project, which was dubbed SA’s Best Collaboration of the Year and with an acoustic album just released, 2014 looks very bright indeed.
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|Josie Field & Laurie Levine — Tigerlily (Nov 02, 2015)|