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The best kept secret in music

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It seems impossible that Karling Abbeygate was born in the English countryside. Listening repeatedly to her self-titled debut, you instantly assume Abbeygate must be a long-lost country gem of the 1950s. Her remarkably strong vocals are an old-timey mix of Patsy Cline, Wanda Jackson and Dolly Parton. Abbeygate sounds every-bit as genuine on the eight songs rescued from forgotten country tapes from the ’50s and ’60s as she does on her four originals. Without fail, on every track Abbeygate’s sexy, unassuming charm rubs up against her dreamy voice to effortlessly transport the listener to days long gone. Complimented perfectly by her band, Abbeygate lives inside these twangy songs of heartbreak, often floating above the mix, climbing through the speakers. It’s nothing if not ironic that it took a young lady of English descent to create one of the most authentic, American country albums of the year.



- Harp Magazine


Equal parts Wanda Jackson, Patsy Cline and Brenda Lee, Karling Abbeygate's new solo album is so firmly steeped in the classic country sounds of the 1950s you'd almost rather listen to it on a big old floor-sized tube-powered radio than your CD player. And yet, it's not gimmicky – what we have here is simply a superb album by a talented singer with a penchant for the classic sounds of the golden age of the Grand Ole Opry and a willingness to bring her own touches to that music. - Turbula


British-born songstress Karling Abbeygate Raised, so the story goes, on a diet of Jim Reeves, Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, and Loretta Lynn by a British mother and a Kansas father in Norwich, England, the singer has returned to those roots, changing from an ersatz alt-rock Gwen Stefani into a one-woman 1950s and 60s country music revival. With a vocal style inspired by Cline, a timbre like a higher-voiced Wanda Jackson, and a persona (on record at least) 50% Loretta Lynn, 40% Betty Boop and 10% Emily the Strange, Abbeygate may have just enough sly punkitude to popularize this anachronistic sound, which extends to the clean but deliciously old-fashioned arrangements - Positively Entertainment


"Karling Abbeygate has created a sound of ethereal proportions. Ms.Abbeygate's voice evokes an incredible force. It is pure, crystal clear, and powerful. On stage her presence is amazing. The beauty of her voice leaks into bones and cracks and every known joint in the body."

- The Vangaurd (Portland State University)


"On this album Karling Abbeygate lets you knows she's a force to be reckoned with. Karling's future plans include touring to support the release, and continued song writing. If the momentum and quality continue, expect to see her among her peers soon."

- Our Town


"Musician Karling Abbeygate and her band are a mesmerizing talent whose stage presence wraps up the listener in a tightly woven tapestry of nostalgia and fun. This charming British songstress has captivated the imaginations of many local club-goers."

- Statesman Journal


"If you have not heard KARLING ABBEYGATE you're missing out."
- MTV Online


"Singer Karling Abbeygate is blessed with a voice so hauntingly beautiful that the hairs on the back of your neck don't just stand up, they leap. And The Karling Abbeygate Band is a must see, an awesome act so original and outstanding that it simply stands alone."
- Positively Entertainment


"Karling Abbeygate shows abundant promise with this new release. Her abilities as a singer and songwriter are irrefutable. She exhibits every sign of one day becoming a big star. She has all the tools necessary."
- Two Louies


Discography

Debut Album: Karling Abbeygate
Release Date: Winter 2006
Label: Dionysus Records
Produced by: Joey Altruda
Single: Just Love Me One More Time
Radio: Serviced to 200+ Stations Nationwide. Also on rotation in Sweden, Germany and England.

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Bio

Karling Abbeygate: 2006 Winner of the Los Angeles International Music Awards. Country/Americana Album of the year.

Ms. Abbeygate is an enigma. One might assume that she hails from Texas or Memphis, since her "twang" is tweaked to perfection. But this is not the case. She's from Norwich, a small town in the English countryside. Yet how can this be? Her voice drips with authenticity as she bleeds out the ballads, and chirps away at those hillbilly up-tempos.

The answer is in her childhood. Karling's father, a military man hailing from Coffeyville Kansas, met her Mother while based in Norfolk, England. Both avid old-style country fans, they fed their daughter a consistent diet of Jim Reeves, Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn from the day that she was born. And we thank them graciously, because Karling's soul has been seeped with more feeling and honesty than this writer can easily handle.

Can Karling Abbeygate sing? Boy, can she ever. Her voice has been likened to Wanda Jackson, Patsy Cline, and many other great female singers of the era.

Karling Abbeygate’s self-titled debut country album is full of heartbreak and hope. And Country music itself has found a new hope in this talented singer/songwriter who has bravely brought back to us the essence of an era long gone. A time when Patsy ruled the airwaves and a beautiful ballad really did help mend your broken heart. Yet, one is always subtly aware that this soulful artist is living her life today, with us, and not in the past. As living legend Frankie Laine (Rawhide, High Noon) puts it,

“Karling Abbeyate has taken the classic old-time Country Western sound and blended it with today’s sensibilities, and in the process created something quite new and utterly stunning.”

The word is out, and an ever-growing fan base, including a huge Myspace audience waits eagerly to catch their favorite new country starlet live in concert this spring.

Recently sharing the stage with:
THE HACIENDA BROTHERS
BIG SANDY & THE FLY RITE BOYS