Danielle Talamini

Danielle Talamini

BandRockAmericana

If John Fogerty and Tom Petty drove cross-country from NYC in Ryan Adams's car, passed Lucinda Williams's tour bus on the way, then stopped in Austin to buy Patty Griffin lunch.

Biography

*2009 Independent Music Award for Best Country Album - Vox Populi winner of the popular vote
*International Song Competition Finalist – “Pack My Bags”

*Top 10 on the RMR “Roots Country” chart for 30+ weeks as of July 2009 (alongside major label artists including Nanci Griffith, Ryan Bingham, Conor Oberst, Robert Plant & Alison Kraus.)
*Top 10 on the New York Roots Radio Airplay Chart for 30+ weeks as of July 2009 (right under Bob Dylan)
*Reached 55 on the Americana Radio chart in 2009

*Top 10 tracks of 2008, Bear Country Radio WQBR 99.9 – “Pack My Bags”
*Top 20 Favorite Songs of 2008, KRFC 88.9 Thursday Morning Mix -- "Pack My Bags"
*Top 100 Most Requested Songs of 2008 (57), TOSSM Radio– “Pack My Bags”

NPR
"Exquisite songwriting and beautiful voice"

CMT Blog
"Top Ten Tracks I'm Digging Right Now (Save Me)"
"If you like Holly Williams, you might want to check out the Danielle Talamini CD, 'The Road Rises'...Danielle has that great Roots vibe like Holly does."

Routes and Branches blog
"Among other highlights, 2008 introduced us to the unique sound of Fleet Foxes, surprised us with promising new artists like Star Anna and Danielle Talamini, as well as stronger-than-expected offerings by stalwarts Ryan Adams and Drive-By Truckers."

ROOTSTIME
"Her voice is pure and full of emotion and reminds me of Patty Griffin...A strong debut for this New York nightingale."

Country Jukebox
"Anyone who values singer/songwriters like Lucinda Williams, Ryan Adams, Patty Griffin, Tift Merritt or Joy Lynn White will quickly start to like Danielle Talamini's music. Americana fans should take the opportunity to welcome this charming newcomer."

CTRL.ALT.COUNTRY
"She looks fantastic and has an incredibly beautiful voice that vaguely reminds you of Patty Griffin. But above all, she writes exquisite songs. That is Danielle Talamini in a nutshell: an exceptionally promising new singer song writer. Someone who has maiden release material like the "deluxe" roots rocker "Pack My Bags" or the soulful memory engraving "Save Me" should not fear the future. And we did not even mention the truly killer song "Mercury Running" yet, that burns a hole into your heart like a simmering cigarette on a carpet! This Talamini is definitely here for the long run."

Maverick
“The first thing that struck this reviewer was the voice, strong, soulful and expressive. But far more importantly her lyrics are serious, intelligent and literate...dark, brooding, hard hitting. There are no bubbles, no saccharine in what she writes. In Talamini we have a writer whose concerns go far deeper than merely wanting to know Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under. The Road Rises is not what one would expect from a country album. It cannot simply be played as background music. In order to fully appreciate the strength of the writing, it needs to be listened to intently.”

DJ Larry T, WIKX 92.9 Kix Country
"Danielle Talamini -- the Next Big Thing."

Scott Foley, Programmer, KRFC 88.9
"Looking for something unexpected? Try 'The Road Rises' by Danielle Talamini. Self-released, but much better than most of what the major labels are churning forth."

Indie Sounds NY
"***** (5 Stars) & Album of the Month"

Torchy Blaine, Americana Music Director, WDVR 89.7
"This girl is a STAR! Wow! Her voice, her delivery, the melodies, and what a songwriter! Listening to this album is an absolute pleasure. Danielle is going to give Tift Merritt some company!

Philip Corder, Music Director, TOSSM Radio
"Pack My Bags is a hit!"

Pete Harris, Music Director, Harris Radio
"Superb Americana"

The Country Start Page
"The Road Rises and so will Danielle's star"

Daily Freeman
"Timeless and true, full of grace and gravity"

She calls her music “country for city kids,” and she may be on to something there. Danielle might have a New York City address, but she is more country than most headed to Nashvegas these days. And if you listen to her compelling new CD “The Road Rises,” you’d swear her address was Route 66, USA.

She was born well north of the Mason-Dixon line in Brooklyn, NY, but there is an underlying Southern sensibility in everything she does, and though you can’t put your finger on it, Talamini is inherently country.

The timeless American music of three generations informs Talamini’s work, from founding father Hank Williams and Outlaw country heroes Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, to the classic roots rock of the Allman Brothers Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Band and Creedence Clearwater Revival, as well as musical descendants such as Ryan Adams, Lucinda Williams and Patty Griffin.

The Road Rises was recorded in Austin, Texas by Dwight A. Baker (Brandi Carlile, Heart, Kelly Clarkson, Trish Murphy, Bleu Edmondson) and from the expansive “Save Me,” empowering and peppy “Pack My Bags,” haunting “Already Gone,” and dirt road driving title

Lyrics

Pack My Bags

Written By: Danielle Talamini

Pack My Bags
©2006 Danielle Talamini

I can't stay here alone
But I can't find my way home
Where we’ve been wandering

Down this lonesome road
With no signposts to tell me where to go

Now the sky has turned gray
But I can't get out of this rain
Still I hope someday
We will walk this way again

Until then I'll pack my bags and go into the unknown
Yeah, I’ll pack my bags and go into the unknown

Tomorrow here today
In all the words we thought but did not say
One more sad refrain
One last glance as tears roll down your face

Now the sky has turned gray
But I can’t get out of this rain
Still I hope someday
We will walk this way again

Until then I’ll pack my bags and go, oh into the unknown
So I’ll pack my bags and go, oh into the unknown

Smile, wave goodbye and turn away
Last chance burns to embers that remain
Through ash and smoke I go into a brighter day

I’ll pack my bags and go, oh into the unknown
Yeah, I’ll pack my bags and go, oh into the unknown

I’ll pack my bags and go, oh into the unknown, unknown

Save Me

Written By: Danielle Talamini

Save Me
©2006 Danielle Talamini

I look in the mirror
But I can't see my face
I ache and I shiver
In the absence of my state of grace

It's been so long now
And I can't remember
The smell of the rain or the feel of my pain, or the taste of my tears
It’s been so many years

But you can't save me, no don’t try to save me
When I fall and I bend and I bruise and I break and I bleed
And I burn my hand but I'm used to the sting

I am a speeding train
That won’t slow down to face the pain
Of a life covered up in lipstick and shame
I’d rather pay the toll it takes

But you can’t save me, no don’t try to save me
When I fall and I bend and I bruise and I break and I bleed
And I burn my hand but I’m used to the sting

I fall and I bend and I break and I bleed
And I burn my hand but I’m used to the sting
I cross the line too many times until the edge of the earth is all that I see
I can’t see
I don’t want to see what’s become of me

But you can’t save me, no don’t try to save me
When I fall and I bend and I bruise and I break and I bleed
And I burn my hand but I’m used to the sting

I want to bleed
Oh, I’m on my knees
And I burn my hand but I’m used to the sting

No One To Me

Written By: Danielle Talamini

Born in the shell of a burnt-out RV
Left all alone with no safe place to sleep
Kicked in the ribs 'til it rattles your teeth
Got nowhere to go and nobody to see
Just another sad face that's walkin' these streets

But you are not no one to me
No, you are not no one to me

Little by little time slips to gone
Heartbeats like thunder but your body is worn
Down to the ground, down to your last bone
We're praying for rain to an ignorant sun

You may have been someone's used to be
But you are not no one to me
No, you are not no one to me
No, you are not no one to me

Now all the music has deserted me
No sound will emerge from a silent scream
That wells inside of a dying dream
Battered and bruised at the edge of the deep
Shattered we stand at the end of retreat

All the pieces of you disappear from my view
But you were not no one to me
No, you were not no one to me
You’ll never be no one to me.

Already Gone

Written By: Danielle Talamini

They say through fire iron is forged
And through the sea waves crash from rock to shore
My head is full of these things
I don’t know why it’s so hard

I try to perceive, but I can’t see two steps in front of me
I want to believe that there will be someone to carry me
My load is so heavy and my feet are so weary
But I am, oh I am, I’m already gone
Yeah, I am, oh I’m already gone

I’ll leave no footprints in this sand
There will be no monuments to my past
And isn’t that the way with oceans and with tides?
They roll by

Oh, I try to perceive, but I can’t see two steps in front of me
I want to believe that there will be someone to carry me
My load is so heavy and my feet are so weary
I’m, oh I’m already gone
Oh I am I’m already gone
Yeah, I’m already gone

Underground

Written By: Danielle Talamini

Heaven is below me now
It's such a long way down
You don't need to show me how your axis spins
When the world goes round and round

I'm sure you have your reasons
But reason is not the staple of your game
You can't fight freedom
And you can't find better angels out that way

Because you're six feet under ground
Oh, but you're still around, you're still around
You're six feet under ground
But your silence still makes a sound

Living with the ghosts of past mistakes
You see no forest for the trees
You’ll come covered in shame, yourself to blame
But your regret won’t mean that much to me

Because you're six feet under ground
Oh, but you're still around, you're still around
You're six feet under ground
But your silence still makes a sound

Sing me a lullaby
An echo of the better self inside
Oh, I tried
To forgive your trespasses one more time
But the well has run dry

You're six feet under ground
Oh, but you're still around, you're still around
You're six feet under ground
But your silence still makes a sound.

The Road Rises

Written By: Danielle Talamini

Driving down a highway in this blacktop maze
Reflection in the rear view’s showing new lines on my face
Oh, I'm red-eyed and spent and slow out the gate
And feeling pretty mean in these glass half-empty days

I'm in a sorry state
Haven't seen the sun, haven't slept for days
Oh, but I will keep the faith somehow, somehow

I guess I will be traveling on
The road rises up when I sing my song
No, I'll get no rest until I'm done
The road rises up when I sing my song

I'm in a sorry state
Haven't seen the sun, haven't slept for days
Oh, but I will keep the faith somehow, somehow

I'm in a sorry state
Haven't seen the sun, haven't slept for days
Oh, but I will keep the faith somehow, somehow

I guess I will be traveling on
The road rises up when I sing my song

Mercury Running

Written By: Danielle Talamini

Mercury Running
©2006 Danielle Talamini

There's a strange haze to these days
Air so thick and bitter to the taste
Still we dig our foxholes and we pray
To come crawling out of the wreckage

I'm dead, I'm leaden with the weight of the world
Oh, I'm turning gray
I've been traveling around in an unmarked grave
It feels like forever

Seems my blood has been replaced with mercury running through my veins
See it spiral down the drain, mercury running through my veins
Through my veins

My scars have faded to criss-crossed white lines
Invisible to the naked eye
They still hurt but I am alive
Even if I still sleep with the lights on
It feels good to be home
It feels good to be home

Seems my blood has been replaced with mercury running through my veins
See it spiral down the drain, mercury running through my veins

Yeah, I paid my dues but I didn't get away clean
Because I've lived the blues and the unforeseen
In the tragedies that bear my name
Bear my name

I survived, my blood remains
No mercury running through my veins
Feels so good to be free of the pain of mercury running through my veins

Seems my blood has been replaced with mercury running through my veins
See it spiral down the drain, mercury running through my veins

Through my veins
Oh, through my veins

Discography

The Road Rises LP (September 2008)

Set List

Sets are anywhere from 30-150 minutes long and comprise mostly original material, with covers thrown into the mix for longer sets.