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The Greencards forge ahead with new members

Thursday, April 7, 2011 – With a few new members aboard, The Greencards are slated to release a new disc in June on their own label.

The quartet, spearheaded by Australians Carol Young and Kym Warner, will put out "The Brick Album" on June 20 on their own Darling Streets Records.

"We've been striving for this since our first record," says mandolinist Warner. "We recorded totally in one room this time, with very little isolation. It was all about doing the performance now, without going back to add anything later on."

"What you're hearing is all one take," bassist and singer Young adds. "If someone really didn't like what we'd done, we'd play it all again from the top rather than drop the part in. When you drop in a part, you lose a little bit of the feel. You've got to get a run-up to it."

The disc will be the fifth disc for the band, which covers country, bluegrass and rootsy sounds. In both 2008 (for their "Viridian" album) and 2010 (for "Fascination"), they were nominated for Grammy Awards in the "Best Country Instrumental" category.

Eamon McLoughlin left the band in December 2009. He was replaced by Tyler Andal, a fiddle player from White House, Tenn. Carl Miner, originally from Oregon, joined the group in May 2010, playing acoustic guitar. He won the 1999 National Flatpicking Championship at the Walnut Valley Festival.

Justin Niebank (Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Keith Urban) produced and engineered. The CD kicks off with Make It Out West, powered by guest artist Sam Bush's slide mandolin. Vince Gill helps out on Heart Fixer.

"As we get older, the more I think about it, the more we want something in music you can cling to," Warner said. "That comes with melody. What we do on 'The Brick Album' allows us to have something not only on the record, but also on our live show. It brings it back to "more than anything, this is about lyrics and harmony."

The Greencards followed an independent path with "The Brick Album," partnering with its followers rather than with record labels to fund its sessions. In exchange for contributing to the "Buy A Brick" project, each donor had his or her name permanently inscribed on a brick within the wall that comprises its cover art.

"The times have changed a lot in the music industry, not so much in the creative side but in business side of making music," Warner said. "We just wanted to give something unique and special to people, not just by sending them an early copy of the record by putting their names on the artwork. That makes them fully a part of it."

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The Brick Album CD review - The Brick Album
The names listed all over The Greencards new CD, "The Brick Album," aren't ones you're likely to recognize. Rather, they're fans of the group who each chipped in $100 or $200 to allow the group to self-release this new album. For their contribution, they got 14 tracks (including a hidden version of Underneath the Weeping Willow) of eclectic bluegrass influenced by a variety of roots styles. Or, because stretches the bounds of traditional bluegrass more than even their »»»
Fascination CD review - Fascination
With each album, The Greencards move further away from conventional country or bluegrass and closer to their own unique sound, filtered through various world music elements and traditional folk instruments. The Avenue is typical of the band's approach with an insistently strummed rhythm that's vaguely Greek or klezmer, punctuated by melodic vocal harmonies on the chorus blasts and interwoven with violin. Three Four Time and Lover I Love the Best recast vocalist Carol Young as a smoky, »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Sweeney maintains her musical integrity – Sunny Sweeney has gone the big label route and even earned a hit with "From a Table Away," but truth be told, she's better off without the baggage of the bigs, especially given the consistent quality and musical vision that was so clearly and admirably on display on this evening. When the East Texas native started her career, she was... »»»
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