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Winnsboro, Texas, United States | INDIE

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Adler & Hearne
Live at Eddie’s Attic
Spring Hollow Records

The word “sweet” always comes to mind when Adler & Hearne perform, soon followed by the words “sense of humor.” Both of those descriptions fit Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne’s new CD, Live at Eddie’s Attic.

The acoustic CD is folk, bordering a couple of times on Appalachian. The harmonies are heartfelt; the playing is mostly simple and crisp. Like on many live albums, there are a few minor technical glitches, but not enough to intrude into the in-the-moment experience.

Lynn and Lindy founded one of the Upper East Side of Texas’ best listening rooms, Crossroads Coffeehouse and Music Company in Winnsboro, before passing it on to others so they could go on the road sharing their own music. One of their shows was at Eddie's Attic, which bills itself as the premier listening room in the Atlanta area and has hosted John Mayer, The Civil Wars, the Indigo Girls, John Gorka, Sheryl Crow, Ani DiFranco, Ellis Paul, Patty Larkin, Malcolm Holcombe, Eric Taylor, Billy Joe Shaver, India.Arie, and more including, yes, Justin Bieber.

On 11 songs, Adler & Hearne carry listeners through love, heartbreak, social consciousness, two fairly unique takes on gospel, and more.

“The Egg’s Lament,” written by Hearne and sung without a hint of a smile by the duo, fits in with their desire to, like the egg, find their destiny: “Whatever I am, I’m still feeling stuck,” the sing. “Just one big push and I’ll have it made, been safe for too long, I’ve gotta get laid.”

Other highlights include “Put Me on the Stove (and call me done),” which finds the song’s protagonist wishing to be an onion in the stew that is Jesus, a raisin in Jesus’ dough, a catfish in Jesus’ frying pan, etc.; “Prayin’ for the Camel,” in which a man, taking the biblical proverb to heart, says he will pray on the day that he dies for the camel to squeeze on through; and the gently sung protest song “A Hundred Years from Now” which condemns ecological waste with the phrase “go ahead, pass the buck, burn the bridge, best of luck.”

The most Appalachian of the songs is “Stranger in the House,” which the couple wrote with Hal Greenwood: “I’m a stranger in the house of love, it’s a place I’ve been but I don’t belong.”

Which, listening to Lynn and Lindy together, is obviously not true.

– Tom Geddie
County Line Magazine - County Line Magazine - January 2012


By Michael Granberry / Reporter
mgranberry@dallasnews.com
5:14 pm on June 24, 2012 | Permalink

Duets done well are extraordinary musical creations. Duets showcase individual voices, but in their finest moments, they merge two voices that somehow create a third. The best examples include the Everly Brothers, Simon and Garfunkel, Tammy Wynette and George Jones.

Adler & Hearne is the duo of Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne, who grew up in Protestant homes where church music was a family calling. Adler became a budding gospel singer and songwriter, who wrote a song covered by Debby Boone. She also co-wrote the theme song for the PBS children’s series, Wishbone. And last year, as the only female finalist, she won the 23rd annual B.W. Stevenson Singer-Songwriter Memorial Competition at Poor David’s Pub.

Hearne traveled extensively with country legend Roy Clark, with whom he appeared on the TV comedy Hee Haw, on the Tonight Show and in the acoustic wonderland of Carnegie Hall. He’s also an impeccable songwriter who can play the daylights out of his battered, Willie Nelson-like guitar.

From 2005 to 2009, Adler & Hearne ran Crossroads Coffeehouse & Music Co. in Winnsboro in the Piney Woods, importing to their little corner of deep East Texas such talents as Jimmy LaFave, John Gorka, Ruthie Foster and Kinky Friedman.

Lucky for us, Adler & Hearne had dreams of their own. They recently released their third album, Live at Eddie’s Attic. Since 2009, they have toured extensively, from the East Coast to the West, from the Deep South to the Upper Midwest. Friday night, they arrived in Dallas, gracing Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse with three fast-moving hours of exquisite music. Making the show even more memorable was Kate Hearne, Lindy’s multi-talented daughter, a gifted guitar player and vocalist who opened the show, then added her own electric-guitar wizardry to Adler & Hearne’s set. During the warm-up portion, Kate got expert backing from talented bassist Garrett Paine Gridley, who at one point offered a terrific instrumental solo that drew a rousing ovation.

Adler & Hearne opened the main set with the moving ballad “River Wide, River Deep,” during which they solved the secret to a good duet, finding the elusive third voice that powered more than 20 songs with blissful harmonies. Hearne, who teaches guitar to aspiring students in Fort Worth, provided terrific string work with that battered instrument that added its own rare sound to the evening’s mix.

Adler & Hearne’s second song “Stranger in the House of Love” underscored the power of their ability to craft duets. But it also highlighted the distinction of each singer’s individual voice. Adler’s passionate lyric touches blend beautifully with Hearne’s mellow baritone.

Hearne has written many songs over the years with Hal Greenwood, one being a quirky gospel song titled “Put Me On the Stove” that contains the lines, “I’ll be the onion, you be the stew, put me on the stove and call me done.” Great to hear it Friday night. Hearne and Greenwood, who was part of the near-capacity crowd at Uncle Calvin’s, have collaborated on dozens of memorable tunes over the years.

The other remarkable aspect of the Adler-Hearne show was the duo’s range. They offer an eclectic mix that covers gospel, jazz, blues, singer-songwriter confessional tunes, even sweet moments of heavenly cabaret. Adler the singer-songwriter scored heavily with “Alarms,” which offers solace to anyone who can’t help letting a badly needed paycheck trump passion. This is an example of the power of her lyrics:

We muster up the will to do the things we must.

We hold our tears and leave our dreams to rust.

We count the hours. We make the list.

We cash the check. We wonder what we missed.

She worked a series of 9-to-5 jobs before being able to follow her dream, with Hearne by her side, and the joy they share comes through in every note of every song.

Humor also is an Adler & Hearne stron - Dallas Morning News


Feb. 10, 2009

Mix magazine readers who have been wondering what our former “Nashville Skyline” columnist Rick Clark is up to will find part of the answer in Lindy Hearne and Lynn Adler’s To the Heart. In addition to work for satellite radio and occasional gigs as a film-music supervisor, Clark continues to produce the kind of projects he has always championed in various outlets: authentic, soulful roots music that lives outside the country mainstream. Adler & Hearne are singer/songwriters whose poetic, harmonious songs fit beautifully within these airy, bluegrass-inspired arrangements. Clark expresses in the album liner notes his strong commitment to the quiet of To the Heart—rightly, he feels that this soft-spoken duo and the elegant roots band he assembled have no business fighting the CD-loudness wars. As a result, this album sounds refreshingly gentle and true.

Producer: Rick Clark. Engineer: Richard McLaurin. Recording studio: House of David, Nashville. Mastering: Andrew Mendelson/Georgetown Masters (Nashville).

Must Play: “River Wide, River Deep”

—Barbara Schultz

- Mix Magazine


Discography

"Adler & Hearne Live At Eddie's Attic" is Adler & Hearne's latest release (2012), showcasing songs from a June 2011 concert on the legendary stage in Decatur, GA, and featuring special guest Michael Johnson with whom they co-billed on that summer night. The CD is enjoying airplay worldwide. Three songs from this recording were recently featured (June 24, 2012) by WFUV DJ Bob Sherman on his famed "Woody's Children" radio program .

"To The Heart" is Adler & Hearne's first studio recording as a duo, and was produced by Rick Clark and recorded at Nashville's House of David recording studio. Though the CD was available in 2009, the two were flooded out of their rural East Texas home that year, and so -- for all practical purposes, the CD was officially released to the Folk Radio community and beyond in 2010.

The duo also has released "Opposites Attract," a live recording of their performance at the Music at the Monastery house concert series at the home of Shannon and Michael Monk outside Winnsboro, TX in 2005.

Several new projects are in the works. Stay tuned!

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NOTE: TOUR DATES posted on the Calendar page at www.adlerandhearne.com.

REVIEW: Link to a recent concert review by Dallas Morning News writer Michael Granberry. (You may need to cut and paste the link into new browser window, but we think it's worth the effort!) http://popcultureblog.dallasnews.com/2012/06/we-were-there-adler-hearne-score-a-knockout-at-uncle-calvins.html/

ADLER & HEARNE BIO...

From the Upper East Side of Texas outside the rural arts hamlet of Winnsboro, award-winning performing songwriters Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne tour nationally, serving up fresh harvests of homegrown music mixed with seasoned original songs in a genre they describe as “Folk-Jazz Blues-Grass. Certified Organic.”

In concert, she (Adler) and he (Hearne) have a signature sound that reflects a second-nature connection the two have as songwriters, and as partners in life.

The two met in Nashville while on solo musical journeys. Years later their paths merged in Texas, where they formed the duo Adler & Hearne, along with their indie label Spring Hollow Records. In 2005, they released a house concert recording aptly named “Opposites Attract.”

Later that same year, they founded Crossroads – a noted, acoustic listening room in their hometown of Winnsboro. Before hitting the road full time in June 2009, the couple spent three-and-a-half “amazing years” hosting weekly concerts by national touring artists on the Crossroads stage. Though no longer theirs, the venue continues to this day. Adler & Hearne are proud to have worn the 'presenter's hat, and now happily bear the title of Crossroads' official 'Artists in Residence.'

Returning to Nashville (the city where they first met), Adler & Hearne made their debut studio recording “To The Heart” released in 2009, and named among the Top 20 releases by the Folk DJ community in 2010. The couple’s 2012 release “Adler & Hearne Live At Eddie’s Attic,” showcases songs from a June 2011 concert on the legendary stage in Decatur, GA, and features special guest Michael Johnson with whom they co-billed on that summer night.

Adler & Hearne's music has grown deep roots in the sandy soil and piney woods of their Spring Hollow Organic Song Farm. The duo’s musical formative years share common experiences in folk, gospel and classical music – organic influences that inform their singing and songwriting. But the subject matter of their songs knows no bounds, nor does their musical style. Their live sets range from crooning songs of love and longing, losing and finding – to covering touchy subjects with unexpected musical overtones – to camping it up with modern day spirituals steeped in dry wit.

As self-proclaimed organic song farmers” Adler & Hearne's favorite places to sow their songs include house concerts, community concert halls and folk venues, church coffeehouses and Sunday morning services, festivals and conferences, schools and libraries, and venues of all description that provide an opportunity to have a meaningful connection with a listening audience. That includes campfires, backyards, float trips, cruises, suburbs, skyscrapers, villages and towns. Coast to coast. And worldwide.

HOW TO CONTACT ADLER & HEARNE…
lynnandlindy@adlerandhearne.com | lynn.adler.songfarmer@gmail.com | lindyhearne@me.com
Adler & Hearne P.O. Box 979 Winnsboro, TX 75494
EPK at http://www.sonicbids.com/adlerhearne | song farm office (AKA cell phone #) 214.952.6086

ADLER & HEARNE – ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND

Lynn Adler and Adler & Hearne were two of 10 finalists in the national 2001 Wildflower Festival Performing Songwriter Showcase in Richardson, Texas.

In 2004, Lindy Hearne placed again as a Wildflower Festival top 10 finalist.

Lindy Hearne and co-writer Hal Greenwood won first place in two song categories in the 2002 Walnut Valley Festival NewSongs Showcase at Winfield, Kansas.

In 2003, Adler & Hearne, along with co-writer Hal Greenwood, penned another first-place song in the Walnut Valley Festival NewSongs Showcase at Winfield, Kansas.

Lynn Adler is a two-time, regional semifinalist of the Kerrville Folk Festival's NewFolk songwriting competition.

Adler & Hearne were finalists in 2004's 57th Annual Ozark Folk Festival in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Adler & Hearne was named one of eight regional semifinalists in the 2009 Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk event.

In November 2005, Adler & Hearne founded Crossroads Coffeehouse & Music Co. in their adopted hometown of Winnsboro. They wrapped up their era as owners and caretakers of all things Crossroads at the end of May 2009 in full-time pursuit of their own musical endeavors. As founders of the venue – named by the Dallas Morning News as "one of the premier live music venues in the state of Texas" – the duo has been named Crossroads' honorary "Artists In Residence."

In the fall of 2010, Adler & Hearne were awarded one of a handful of coveted Official Showcase Artist slots at FARM (Folk Alliance Region Midwes