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LIZ MEYER

Liz Meyer is an American songwriter based in the Netherlands and she is one of the guiding lights in the European bluegrass scene, but her songs are often more well known here than her own recordings. Of course, the songs are excellent and “Blue Lonesome Wind” was the featured title cut on an album by Auldridge, Bennett & Gaudreau, and another song, “Bad Seed” is featured on a recent Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum album.

Liz has one of those earthy, contralto voices that wraps itself around a lyric like a fine red wine coats a goblet. Her voice has a robust joie de vivre and the lyrics pull the heart and soul into a mind journey transcending all the emotions. There are traces of smoldering passion, experience tempered by knowledge, fulfillment, and a wistfulness for home and happiness. Liz is joined by one-time roommate Emmylou Harris and a cast of everyone who is “someone” in contemporary bluegrass: guitarist Mark Cosgrove, banjo players Bela Fleck and Ron Block, dobroists Rob Ickes and Jerry Douglas, fiddlers Glen Duncan and Stuart Duncan, Bryon House on bass and Sam Bush on mandolin. The complete package of strong, robust vocals and highly polished instrumentals make this an album to obtain and enjoy for its sheer wonderfulness. “Blue Lonesome Wind” is a powerful opening song and Liz longs for a “place where heartaches mend.” Sam Bush’s mandolin and fiddle are perfect echoes of the sorrow in the vocals. The stormy seas of relationships are further explored in “The Only Wind That Blows” and “The Storm.” Jerry Douglas’ dobro and Ron Block’s banjo and joined by Mark Cosgrove’s guitar to produce a perfect tempest-tossed background to the song. They pull out all the stops for a bluegrass-special rendering of the classic instrumental Katy Hill.

“Pulled in Two Directions” is a high-spirited song of hope; love is always a possibility, but decisions must be made and often the heart and the mind can’t agree. Choices are also evident in “Trust Me” which has a the memorable lines “trust me to give my heart where it’s not wanted; trust me to plant my seeds where nothing grows.” “Untamed” also has deeper meaning in its lyrics: “the truth is I’m running from the fire that’s scorching the dry wood of my heart.”

“My Favorite Time of the Year” is a joyous celebration of home and hearth with friends stopping by for “homemade beer” and supper on the porch. “Running Out of Time” is a quest for golden moments shared while life places other demands on our time. “Just pretend you really love me and I’ll pretend you’re really mine” might be the ultimate cut-to-the-quick of living life in the here and now. The poet may be able to put philosophy into words, but the musician puts the power of words into a passionate delivery that stirs the heart and harnesses the mind.

It's been said that life often imitates art, and Liz Meyer's life now is faced with many storms, choices and moments of reflection and gratitude. She developed cancer four years ago and her battle to defeat the disease is her own storm, and choices were made to give her the gift of remission and many years of summers on the porch with homemade beer.


"Liz Meyer has got to be one of the finest songwriters in the English language, and one of the most soulful singers in any language. Clearly, Meyer is destined to become one of the most important voices in acoustic music."
---(Music Review, USA)

"Europe has a thriving folk and acoustic music scene, and in a few short years, the American singer-songwriter Liz Meyer has, without question, become its unchallenged diva. Her duo with U.S.A. flatpicking guitar champion Mark Cosgrove is a marriage made in heaven." (NEW FOLK MUSIC, GERMANY)

The Storm (2005)
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Song Listing:

  1. BLUE LONESOME WIND [3:41](MP3)
  2. THE ONLY WIND THAT BLOWS [3:05]
  3. THE STORM [5:43](MP3)
  4. PULLED IN TWO DIRECTIONS [4:18]
  5. SOMEDAY YOU WILL [3:12](MP3)
  6. MY FAVORITE TIME OF THE YEAR [4:16]
  7. TRUST ME [3:28]
  8. KEEP YOUR HEART AWAY FROM ME [3:29](MP3)
  9. SAVE ME FROM MYSELF [4:14]
  10. UNTAMED [3:35](MP3)
  11. KATY HILL [2:34]
  12. RUNNING OUT OF TIME [4:36]
All songs written by Liz Meyer except “Katy Hill” (traditional).

Vocals: LIZ MEYER
Harmony Vocals: MARK COSGROVE EMMYLOU HARRIS
Banjo: BELA FLECK
RON BLOCK
Dobro: JERRY DOUGLAS
ROB ICKES
Mandolin: SAM BUSH
Fiddle: GLEN DUNCAN
SAM BUSH
STUART DUNCAN
SHAD COBB
Guitar: MARK COSGROVE
LIZ MEYER
Clawhammer Banjo: MARK JOHNSON
Bass: BYRON HOUSE
Drums: KENNY MALONE

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Liz Meyer With Nugget/ Live At The European World Of Bluegrass(2005)
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Song Listing:
  1. KEEP YOUR HEART AWAY FROM ME [3:38] (MP3)
  2. YOU RUN AWAY [3:29]
  3. THE ONLY WIND THAT BLOWS (Vocal: Liz Meyer) [3:00]
  4. I CAN’T MAKE YOU LOVE ME [3:09]
  5. IT WON’T BE LONG [4:17] (MP3)
  6. BLUE NIGHT (David Kirk McGee) [3:29]
  7. I’VE GOT A FEELIN’ [3:25] (MP3)
  8. WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE [3:39]
  9. HOW MANY TIMES CAN YOU BREAK ONE HEART [2:34]
  10. THAT’S ALL [5:00]
  11. HOW MOUNTAIN GIRLS CAN LOVE (Ruby Rakes) [2:13]
  12. I MISS YOU [3:40]
  13. CROSSING THE THRESHOLD OF LOVE [2:58]
  14. THE ONLY WIND THAT BLOWS (Vocal: Katarina Mitteregger) [2:31]
  15. TRYING NOT TO THINK [3:12]
  16. BAD SEED [4:09] (MP3)
All songs written by Liz Meyer except “Blue Night” and “How Mountain Girls Can Love”

Mandolin, Vocals: HELMUT MITTEREGGER
Electric Bass, Vocals: KATARINA MITTEREGGER
Banjo: JARDA JAHODA
Guitar: JAKUB RACEK

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Regions Of The Soul

Liz Meyer-"Regions Of The Soul" I first discovered Liz on a bluegrass album in 1995 called "Womanly Arts". This was a very unusual album in that it was produced in Holland and featured some of the giants of bluegrass including David Grisman, Bela Fleck, Mark O'Conner, and Emmy Lou Harris. However, the most unique aspect of the CD was Liz Meyer's voice. Bluegrass one of my favorite music forms is short on strong female vocals, so the discovery of Liz's incredible high lonesome voice wailing out on that CD makes it one of my all-time favorite bluegrass recordings. However, Liz did not do a follow up bluegrass CD and she vanished from my sight until this year. I found out she has been living in Amsterdam all these years and has been doing the European concert circuit with a guitarist named Mark Cosgrove. They just released a live CD called "Regions Of The Soul" which was recorded in 1999 during their European tour. It's basically a folk album featuring Marks incredible guitar playing and some vocals and Liz's vocals and accordion work. It's just a thrill to hear Liz's unique voice ringing out and Marks tasteful guitar work doing many original Liz songs. One surprise to me was on first hearing Mark's vocals, how similar his and Liz's voices are. They really sound like the male and female version of the same voice. I see how they fit together so well, not only the chemistry but the same voice to boot. A very fine blend of powerful vocals and splendid instrumentation.
...jack sutton Harmony Ridge Music (2000)
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Song Listing:

  1. Gone
  2. All You've Got To Do Is Go
  3. Nothing But A Mighty Storm
  4. Barbed Wire
  5. If You Still Love Me Now
  6. Alabama Jubilee
  7. Regions Of The Soul
  8. Bad Seed
  9. True Love
  10. Jamaica
  11. One-Way Rider
  12. Angel Of Paradise
  13. Gold Rush
  14. Sail On The Wild, Wild Wind
  15. It Won't Be Long
  16. Cecil
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WOMANLY ARTS

To get an idea of Liz Meyer's standing among musicians, take a look at the contributors on Womanly Arts, a 1994 European release that recently gained U.S. distribution. The Nashville-recorded album's depth comes from its musicianship and instumentation. It would be hard to go wrong with a lineup that includes David Grisman, Bela Fleck, Mark O'Connor, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Rob Wasserman, Byron Berline, Bill Keith and the late Danny Gatton, as well as duet partners Emmylou Harris, Jonathan Edwards and John Cowan (ex-New Grass Revival). International award-winning singer-songwriter, Liz Meyer masterfully directs, weaves and crafts her stellar cast, creating World class music ranging from hot progressive bluegrass to evocative ballads".

Womanly Arts
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Song Listing:
1. Twotimer 3:47
2. Dreams Have Endings 3:05
3. Living In The Past 3:57
4. Womanly Arts 4:11
5. Get In The Wind 2:59
6. Gone 3:09
7. No Curb Service 2:42
8. Footlights 3:52
9. Close The Door Lightly 3:25
10. Nothing To Lose 3:45


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Jody Kessler

Originally from New York City, Jody began playing guitar at the age of nine. She received musical instruction from a wide range of fine guitarists, including Paul Simon and Martin Simpson.

Based in Ithaca, New York, singer/songwriter Jody Kessler left a career as a school teacher in 1995 to become a full-time performing artist. Since then, she has released three CD's, Another Day of Loving, Leap of Faith, and most recently, No Solid Ground. Her songs touch upon themes of relationship, connection with Spirit, contemporary issues, life stories, and the joy of being alive. Known for her insightful lyrics, masterful guitar work, and pristine vocals, Jody performs throughout the Northeast in coffeehouses and folk clubs as well as at retreats and spiritual/holistic centers.

"She'll pull you in with melody and grace to a sacred place forgotten...A great guitarist, with spiritually reflective lyrics that sing true."
----Annie Burns of The Burns Sisters, Philo Records recording artist.

"Jody combines wonderful singing, deft guitar playing, and solid writing into a most user-friendly and engaging presence."
---David Roth, singer/songwriter

No Solid Ground
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    1. How Did We Fall?
    2. No Solid Ground
    3. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff
    4. The Golden Ring
    5. The Ballad of Chris and Pat
    6. The Way Things Are
    7. Hocus Pocus
    8. Water Over Rock
    9. Pieces
    10. Speed Racer
    11. The Secret
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    Leap Of Faith

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    1. Stone By Stone
    2. Dominoes
    3. As Long As We Believe
    4. Homesick
    5. For Karen
    6. My Darling, My Only
    7. Walk Without Fear
    8. A Path To The Devine
    9. One Lifetime
    10. Wildflowers
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    Another Day of Loving

    Voted BEST FOLK CD OF 1996 by the Ithaca Journal.

    "Jody's music opens the heart we share."
    Stephen and Ondrea Levine, internationally renowned spiritual teachers and authors of "Embracing the Beloved".

    "She'll pull you in with melody and grace to a sacred place forgotten... A great guitarist, with spiritually reflective lyrics that sing true."
    Annie Burns of The Burns Sisters, Philo Records recording artist

    "Jody's songs are genuine and talk of a woman's growth and the path she follows in life."
    Richard Fox, host of "New Traditions", WCUW FM, Worcester, MA

    Compile a list of the finest female singers in the greater Ithica area and Jody Kessler easily occupies her own place among the very top names. Now, Kessler becomes one of the most melodic voices on record with her debut CD Another Day Of Loving (In the Moment), ten original tunes demonstrating a spectrum of acoustic styles and showcasing her remarkable voice.

    Filled with potent imagery and thought provoking spirit, excellent musicianship and pristine vocals, Another Day Of Loving takes it's place among the best albums ever produced in the Finger Lakes and should go a long way to establish Jody Kessler as one of the most recognized and acclaimed talents in this region.
    Gene Ira Katz--Ithica Times

    Another Day Of Loving

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    1. No Separation 3:46
    2. 'Till I Get To Your Heart 4:01
    3. Another Day Of Loving 3:41
    4. Moment To Moment 4:15
    5. We Are Here, This Is Now 4:12
    6. Wild Woman 4:53
    7. Jenny 3:57
    8. Superwoman 4:00
    9. U.R. 4:16
    10. Goodnight Sweet Friend 3:10
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    Ann Klein

      Ann Klein: Driving You Insane (p prod music, 1996)


      "Guitarist Ann Klein (Formerly of Blood Sugar and Joan Osborne Band) steps out on her own for her solo debut effort entitled Driving You Insane (p prod music). Klein is one hell of a guitar player and is quite simpl y one of the best female players around. In this disc, she has a truly dynamic sound that takes Hendrix-like experimentation runs through a 90's melting pot with Chrissie Hynde-like vocals added."
      -- Relix Magazine, October '96

      " Klein has a lot of songs that trip you out and songs that make you want to dance ... (I Wanna) Do Ya had the crowd grooving and grinding ... her guitar strides so high, you're mesmerized ... Ann Klein is the real th ing."
      --Manhattan Mirror, October '96

      "This record is full of rave up rockers with bona fide soulful vocals ... she has the potential to become a major talent."
      --Alternative Rock S.I.G., September '96

      " Klein whips off a very respectable disc of psychedelic blues tinged with acid rock (with a heavy Hendrix influence). The bass and drum rhythm section of her power trio is also especially noteworthy and equally responsible for making this a good, solid outing."
      --Musicians' Exchange, August '96

      " Many are fluent on guitar, but Ann Klein is multi-lingual. The Hendrixian runs that melded so well with Joan's (Osborne) Joplinesque wails are here in this record, and Ann can sing, too. Newcomers will find this disc a splendid introduction, and those who attended Joan's steaming Wetlands gigs circa '92-93 should acquire this A.S.A.P."
      --Sound Views, Summer '96

      Driving You Insane

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    1. Driving You Insane 4:46
    2. Piece 2:37
    3. Fun For The Rich 4:16
    4. Simple Matters 4:36
    5. (I Wanna) Do Ya 4:15
    6. Peace In Mind 5:24
    7. Rain 3:46
    8. Silent Day, Silent Night 3:34
    9. Like A Flower 6:27
    10. TV, Books, Movies, Magazines 4:18
    11. SWB 4:57
    12. This Love I Hate (inst.) 5:02
    13. Cowboy Poets 5:49
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