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Erelli, Andreassen win Passim Iguana grants

Monday, December 27, 2010 – Mark Erelli and Kristin Andreassen, who has been with Uncle Earl and Sometymes Why, were among 17 New England-affiliated artists awarded a Passim Iguana Music Fund 2010 grant. They will receive between $500 and $2,000 as seed funding to build their careers or provide community service.

"In addition to my singer/songwriter career, I've lately been getting more and more gigs as a multi-instrumentalist with folks like Josh Ritter, Lori McKenna and Catie Curtis. With the Iguana Fund grant, I can buy some new gear and start experimenting with recording studio quality overdubs at home. Given how much of indie artists' recording currently takes place outside of more traditional studio environments, this grant will help me continue to expand my role as a sideman."

Erelli released his eighth solo album, "Little Vigils" and "Seven Curses," a CD of murder ballads with Jeffrey Foucault.

Also winning grants were Amanda Kowalski, Andy Cambria & Sarah Green, Austin Nevins, Dami Noah, Dave Godowsky, Hanneke Cassel, Kimber Ludiker, Margaret Glaspy, Maria Sangiolo, Mark Erelli, Michael J. Epstein, Naseem Khuri, Nikola Radan, Randall Williams, Rose Polenzani and Zachariah Hickman.

CD reviews for Mark Erelli

Blindsided CD review - Blindsided
It's appropriate that singer/songwriter Mark Erelli takes a different tack with the aptly named "Blindsided," an album exploring the inner sanctums of the soul and the conflicts that inevitably shake one's perceptions of those relationships to which they're bound. It centers on the dynamic that binds faith and family, conscience and commitment. Granted, that sounds like heady stuff, and certainly like nothing that would contribute the hooks and happenstance »»»
Little Vigils CD review - Little Vigils
Mark Erelli writes and plays wonderful traditional country music, but this may have you feeling severely depressed after all is said and done. There's plenty of acoustic instrumentation, with overt fiddle and acoustic guitar on songs like Hemlock Grove. Yet closer inspection reveals a fairly hopeless guy. Kingdom Come is something like the country version of Richard Thompson's The End of the Rainbow, as it includes nearly overwhelming evidence that it's foolish to believe in a heaven above. »»»
Delivered CD review - Delivered
On his seventh CD, Mark Erelli continues to explore the themes of responsibility and redemption that marked his 2006 release "Hope and Other Casualties." There's an equal number of non-political tracks that also fit within the theme, but the focus is on the war in Iraq and the torture and other issues that surround it. In the opening Hope Dies Last, the Lori McKenna sidekick looks at the war from afar, using an everyman perspective. He wonders how you can - or whether you should - »»»
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: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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