When I first met Sarah, it was through a mutual friend and beer brewing buddies, Buzze and Lisa. We spoke a bit about music, and became friends. The Turnips had been in production for their first record and it was nearly completed. Intending to save the high harmony tracks for our dear friend, and original Turnip Cathy Keating now living in NoCal. Cathy wasn’t quite able to get out early on, so being the prudent Turnips that we are, went in search of people who could track those harmonies for us. Sarah volunteered and cut all the harmonies in two and a half hours. Quite a feat. We’ve been gigging and record ing with Sarah ever since! And now here she is, with her own record of her original music. It’s great stuff and it was a real pleasure to work with her on this!
Wake has 12 tracks, of which all lyrics are written by Matt Baldwin, lead vocalist and guitarist, and all music written by Matt Baldwin, Colin Kowalewski (vocals, mandolin, banjo, and guitar), and Ryann Lynch (vocals and violin). Johnny Calamari joins HogMaw on upright bass and vocals.
This 45-minute experience begins with a “Morning” frolic—it’s airy and uplifting even though the lyrics tell a story of escape from sorrow: “I don’t feel much like cryin’. I just know that I will soon but I don’t care…” The pace picks up with “Sweet Eyes” and continues into “More of the Good Times” both with comfy, blended vocal harmonies—the latter displays intricate violin and mandolin solos that may force your hand to the replay the track.
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