The Album Vicky’s latest album, AUGUST IN DECEMBER, produced by Michael Mugrage (Rory Block, Bruce Hornsby, etc) and mastered by Alan Silverman (Judy Collins, Shawn Colvin, etc) has appeared on over 450 radio stations around the world. The album ranges from an intimate singer-songwriter feel to lively string band material, with a few surprises along the way. Tiple, anyone? Oh darn, one less surprise . . .
The Artist Vicky’s voice is “at times intimate, then soaring through rich melodies and compelling, intricate lyrics,” (Irene Jackson, The Muse’s Muse reviewer) and “touches the heart,” (Angela Page, Radio WJFF, NY, writing in Sing Out!).” It's a privilege to be invited into her world,” (Joy McKay, Rambles.net). “One of the best I've ever heard,” Derek Sivers, former president, CDBaby.
The Band Vicky leads from the front with stellar vocals plus occasional guitar and piano, while top-notch backup is provided by such luminaries as Michael Mugrage (guitar, piano, baritone uke, harmonica. . .you-name-it!) and Seth Glassman (Laura Nyro, Carole King, Carly Simon, etc) on bass. They’re joined by Vicky’s husband and co-writer Paul Carne (guitar, mandolin, banjo, tenor uke) and her favorite rosin wrangler Dan Tressler, whose enchanted fiddle weaves in and out of the album like a golden thread. There are also virtuoso turns by David Kaye (dobro), Beth Styles (piano, synth) and the incomparable Jerry O’Sullivan (Eileen Ivers, Sinead O'Connor, etc) on uillean pipes.
The Songs The 12 offerings embrace themes of love, variously: love lost (Long Gone), love found (Loved By You, This Is Love) and, er, the jury’s out (Wildflower); whimsical nostalgia (Toluca Lake); an upbeat take on Time’s winged chariot (Flash Flood); and the delights of becoming a grandparent (August In December). Hold On, Marie stems from a sister’s concern for a loved one in difficulty, while Carolyn is a tribute to an extraordinary woman and inspirational friend.
The collection also includes a Celtic-flavored lament for a soldier who never returned (All Too Soon), a commentary on the times we’ve all endured these past years (Long Way Back), and a song for the children who died in the Sandy Hook, CT tragedy in 2012 (Over The Moon). Vicky had reached for her guitar in stunned response to the breaking news, but the true horror of the event could barely be put into words. Though born of pain, anger and frustration, what came from Vicky’s heart instead was a beautifully tender lullaby. In her words, “the melody and lyrics came in one unbroken stream flowing steadily but so sadly, as if from the Angels themselves.”
The Bottom Line The album is on sale at www.CDbaby.com/vickyharris , alongside Vicky's previous album, TOUCH, and available for download at iTunes, Amazon, etc.
Hot Off The Presses: August In December