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Catie Curtis

"My Shirt Looks Good On You" is Boston-based singer/songwriter Catie Curtis' fourth album (second for Rykodisc). It is Catie's strongest collection of songs yet-- the lyrics are more passionate and emotionally direct, the melodies more memorable than ever, the voice clear and pure. Best of all, producer and engineer Trina Shoemaker (Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris) has captured Catie's engaging personality and the energy of her live show, welcome news for anyone who's been following Catie's career since she debuted in 1996. "The Kiss That Counted," "Now," "Bicycle Named Heaven" and the title track are sure to please her longtime fans and will undoubtedly bring her to the attention of a broader audience.

After a few privately and independently released albums, the Guardian label signed Catie in 1995, picked up the rights for Truth From Lies (originally released by Hear Music) and re-released it in 1996 to enthusiastic reviews. With a substantial recording budget, Catie went into the studio with Roy Bittan (E-Street Band) to record the album that became Catie Curtis. Catie’s career went into limbo when Guardian closed their doors. But even without label backing, the album’s first single "Soulfully" received a substantial amount of Triple-A radio airplay and was featured in episodes of Dawson’s Creek and Chicago Hope. Catie toured extensively, was heaped with critical praise, and eventually picked up a slot on the last Lilith Fair and a nationwide theater tour with Mary Chapin Carpenter. Catie Curtis won the Best Album Award from the Gay and Lesbian American Music Awards.

After a few privately and independently released albums, the now-defunct Guardian label signed Catie in 1995 and picked up the rights for Truth From Lies from Hear Music, re-releasing it in 1996 to enthusiastic reviews. Out of print until now, TRUTH FROM LIES helped to establish her as the credible songwriter she is known as today. The reissue is also an enhanced cd, containing a bonus video track of "Radical".

"…a remarkably assured and revealing collection of songs, there isn’t a weak cut on the album." -- Chicago Tribune

An engaging live performer, dubbed "a folk rock goddess" by the New Yorker, Catie Curtis brings a rawer, rootsy sound to her Rykodisc debut, A CRASH COURSE IN ROSES (RCD 10478). Her third album is equal parts urban folk, acoustic rock, and pop, all of it lyrical, immediate, and illuminating music, with songs that communicate emotional depths with honesty and clarity. Her direct and powerful lyrics often deal with life’s dramatic complexities and difficult sidesteps, making each listening experience an intimate encounter. True to form, Catie’s new album is rich with experience and long on feeling.

A CRASH COURSE IN ROSES was produced by Ben Wisch and recorded in Boston, Massachusetts, Catie’s homebase, with a crew of seasoned musicians and friends, including Paul Bryan on bass, Billy Conway (Morphine) on drums, Duke Levine on guitars, Jimmy Ryan (Wooden Leg, Blood Oranges) on mandolin, and Kenny White on organ. Catie set out to record tracks with a loose and energetic vibe, and given the freedom to improvise, the band created sinuous grooves that invigorated Catie’s songs. Her voice, described in the Washington Post as "…so pure in pitch and so rich in tone, it seems to glow," is as enchanting as ever. Harmony vocals are provided by Mary Chapin Carpenter, Melissa Ferrick, and Jennifer Kimball.

While her last albums were pieces of introspection – sending people inward to work through their emotions, Catie wanted this album to rock with the kind of subtle force that would encourage people as they deal with life’s problems. A CRASH COURSE IN ROSES is made not so much of lightness, but of the things that give strength to move away from darkness.

A drummer before she turned songwriter, Catie eventually picked up acoustic guitar and began performing in her hometown of Saco, Maine. Coffeehouse gigs followed during her college years at Brown University, after which, Catie earned money as a waitress and a social worker while continuing to write and perform.

The lushness of pop and the lyrical vibrancy of folk invigorates A CRASH COURSE IN ROSES, carrying the songs right to the heart of the listener.

A portion of proceeds from your order of A Crash Course In Roses will go to benefit the Hole-In-The-Wall Camp for children with special needs.

Catie Curtis on The Hole In The Wall Camp:

Three years ago, I walked in to the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp to play a concert. The camp,started by Paul Newman in 1988 to serve kids with life threatening illnesses, sees over 1000 kids each summer. All the kids come for free. Many of them don’t have the resources to attend other camps. Others have too many medical needs. I was blown away by the enthusiasm, the generosity, the warmth, and the abundance of life I felt at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. The campers were having the time of their lives, and, up till then, I had never seen such a hard working group of counselors and volunteers. As I continue to be involved with camp, I see how sustaining it is for these kids who look forward to returning to the camp during the rest of the year. The place has been a real inspiration to me.


Dreaming in Romance Languages
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1. Saint Lucy
2. Deliver Me
3. Hold On
4. Night
5. It's the Way You Are
6. Trouble You Bring
7. Cross Over to Me
8. Life Goes On
9. Red Light
10. Doctor
11. Dark Weather


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My Shirt Looks Good On You
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  1. Run
  2. Kiss That Counted
  3. Jane
  4. Patience
  5. Love Takes The Best Of You
  6. Bicycle Named Heaven
  7. My Shirt Looks Good On You
  8. Don't Lay Down
  9. Elizabeth
  10. Now
  11. Walk Along The Highway
  12. Sugar Cane
  13. Hush
  14. The Big Reprise
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Truth From Lies
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  1. You Can Always Be Gone
  2. Troubled Mind
  3. Radical
  4. Dad´s Yard
  5. Silhouett
  6. Everybody Was Dancing
  7. Slave To My Belly
  8. The Party´s Over
  9. Crocodile Tears
  10. The Wolf
  11. Just Getting By
  12. Cry Fire
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Crash Course In Roses
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  1. Gave Me Love
  2. Gave Me Love
  3. World Don’t Owe Me Nothing
  4. 100 Miles
  5. Fall Away
  6. Wise to the Ways
  7. What’s the Matter
  8. I’ll Cover You
  9. Burn Your Own House Down
  10. Roses
  11. Look at You Now
  12. Stay Up All Night
  13. Magnolia Street
  14. Start Again
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Catie Curtis
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  1. Soulfully
  2. I Don´t Cry Anymore
  3. River Winding
  4. Falling Silent In The Dark
  5. Heroes
  6. Forgiveness
  7. I Still Want To
  8. Memphis
  9. The Truth Is
  10. Do Unto Others
  11. Larry
  12. Come To Me
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From Years To Hours (reissue with bonus tracks)
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  1. From Years to Hours
  2. Mine Fields (From Yrs to Hrs)
  3. Night So Still
  4. Hole in the Bucket
  5. Watching the Silence
  6. Got Me Wondering
  7. Grandmother's Name If I Could
  8. Wallpaper Dreams
  9. Preacher
  10. Same Dream (Desert Storm)
  11. Strange As It Seems
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