The new album is complete. Now it’s on to artwork, crowdfunding, and releasing the first single in December. Watch for more news. Our album release gig is BOOKED! Early next year get your ticket for The Place Theatre in Bedford for April 16. We’ll be performing the new album with friends, talking about the songs and giving away some cool things just for our album launch audience!
We’re enlisting James Marsh again for our artwork and it’s already something to behold! The album title is Cardinal in the Snow. Struck by the intense beauty of the gorgeous North American red bird and after seeing a clip of one in the winter on a blanket of snow, I was struck at how it stood out. They are feisty little birds that flit seamlessly from tree to tree. They stand out. This led me to think about life as a ‘misfit’ and thus a song was born from the image of the cardinal in the snow. A very fitting title as these songs are about hope, bullying, love, death, reaching the end and checking your moral compass. And a bit of hot chicken thrown in for fun. Musicians that helped us were: Will Kimbrough, Juan Solorzano, Neilson Hubbard (who also produced the album for us!), Kristin Wilkinson, Cara Luft, Danny Mitchell, Jonathan Byrd and Lisa Oliver-Grey. I have listened to the album countless times now and I can honestly say I enjoy the journey from start to finish. And then I want to start again. Joe played sublime bass on a Chadwick Folding Bass and Ruby made us a true family band with harmonies and ukulele. Recorded at Skinny Elephant Studio in Nashville at the end of May, it was an intense few days, but oh-so rewarding. Jim Demain did a beautiful job mastering. So…not long now and all will be revealed!
Paste Magazine 8.1 stars ... a lovely mélange of Americana-Roots music, brings to mind works by other fellow alt-country musicians Jason Isbell and Lucinda Williams. It demonstrates very well the knack that My Girl The River has for exceptional songwriting. While this record may not be a fairytale, it will become something that is just as celebrated over the years to come.
Amazingly "This ain't no Fairytale" is the debut album by "My Girl The River" - amazing because it is such a rich and confident production. Add to that amazing an astonishment that the core of the tracks were laid down in just two days in a room in the home of Kris Wilkinson Hughes' - the gorgeously toned singer and songwriter of "My Girl The River" - with overdubs added later. This wonderful wistful country-folk is what experienced musicians can achieve when they set their hearts and minds to it - but this would all be for nothing if this was not also such an accomplished set of songs - superbly written observations on place and family, mixed with a keen edge of nostalgic yearning. Read more on the MGTR page.