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""The Road Rises timeless and true" - Daily Freeman"

Danielle Talamini's 'The Road Rises' timeless and true
By David Malachoski, Reviewer
03/07/2008


ARTIST: Danielle Talamini
ALBUM: "The Road Rises"

With a yearning, aching and dusty dirt-road voice, you'd expect Danielle Talamini to come from Tennessee or Alabama, but no, she hails from the back roads of ... Staten Island!

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 of the sound alike singers in Nashvegas these days. And if you listen to her compelling new CD "The Road Rises," you'd swear her address was Route 66, U.S.A.

Talamini is playing all the trendy hotspots: Rockwood Music Hall, Café Vivaldi, Bitter End, etc. And she may hail from Staten Island but there is an underlying Southern sensibility in everything she does, and though you can't put your finger on in, Talamini is inherently county.

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"The Road Rises" was recorded in Austin by Dwight A. Baker (Clarkson, Heart) and from the expansive "Save Me," the empowering and peppy "Pack My Bags," the haunting "Already Gone," (a tale of love gone gone) and the driving title track "The Road Rises," Talamini sings in a way you haven't heard before, but want to hear again - a voice vulnerable, yet confident, sultry and strong, with breathy, understated phrasing to die for.

Stocked with literate lyrics and clever melodies, "The Road Rises" echoes Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" with its endless highways and horizons, and the promise of just what you've been looking for lurking right around the bend.

Timeless and true, full of grace and gravity, "the Road Rises" is done right, for the right reasons. The road more traveled you might say.

For more information, visit www.myspace.com/danielletalamini.

David Malachowski is a guitarist, producer and freelance journalist living in Woodstock. The Freeman seeks CDs by local artists or artists appearing locally for review. Please send all CDs (please no CD-Rs or demo CDs) to Daily Freeman c/o Preview, 79 Hurley Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401.




©Daily Freeman 2008
- The Daily Freeman


""Incredibly beautiful voice...exquisite songs..." - CTRL.ALT.COUNTRY"

DANIELLE TALAMINI "The Road Rises" (released at her own expense!)
(3.5****)

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 from New York who traveled all the way to Texas to record her debut album "The Road Rises". And Texas is where she belongs much more if you listen to her maiden production. Talamini's forte seem to be fine "rootsy" songs which can belong to alternative country, Americana or roots rock. On her debut record she presents ten such songs produced by Dwight A. Baker. Most of these are ballads that show her gigantic new talent. Almost immediately you think about Patty Griffin, Maria McKee, Joy Lynn White: all of them strong women with the same passion, the same warm glow, the same big heart… And this is meant to be a real compliment. This Talamini is definitely here for the long run. 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! - CTRL.ALT.COUNTRY


""Pack My Bags" a Finalist in International Songwriting Competition"

"Pack My Bags" was one of only 15 finalists (AAA category) in the International Songwriting Competition

- International Songwriting Competition


""Pack My Bags" a Semifinalist for Performance in International Songwriting Competition"

"Pack My Bags" was a semifinalist the International Songwriting Competition (Performance category)

- International Songwriting Competition 2006


""The Road Rises" a Semifinalist for Americana in International Songwriting Competition"

"The Road Rises" was a semifinalist the International Songwriting Competition (Americana category)
- International Songwriting Competition 2006


""Superb americana" - Indie Sounds NY"


- Indie Sounds NY


""Pick of the Month - June 2008" - Harris Radio"

5 Stars for "The Road Rises" -- June 2008 - Harris Radio


""A strong debut from this New York nightingale" - ROOTSTIME"

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- ROOTSTIME -- August 2008


""The road rises and so will Danielle's star" - The Country Startpage"

"The road rises and so will Danielle's star" - The Country Startpage


""This girl is a STAR!" - Torchy Blaine, Americana Music Director, WDVR-FM"

"This girl is a STAR! Wow! Her voice, her delivery, the melodies, and WHAT A SONGWRITER! Listening to this album is an absolute pleasure."

-Torchy Blaine, Americana Music Director, WDVR-FM - WDVR-FM 89.7/91.9


Discography

The Road Rises LP (September 2008)

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*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