Libby Wiebel
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Libby Wiebel

Fort Washington, Maryland, United States

Fort Washington, Maryland, United States
Band Folk Singer/Songwriter

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Aug
04
Libby Wiebel @ Columbia Lakefront

Columbia, Maryland, USA

Columbia, Maryland, USA

Jun
20
Libby Wiebel @ Mad City Coffee

Columbia, Maryland, USA

Columbia, Maryland, USA

Nov
14
Libby Wiebel @ St. Elmo's Coffee Pub

Alexandria, Virginia, USA

Alexandria, Virginia, USA

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"...deceptively simple sounding melodies that pack a lyrical punch." - Jay Votel, World Folk Music Association - World Folk Music Association


Floating Folk Festival Newslettter (March 6, 2004)
Brooke Saunders

This self-released CD of 11 songs is one of the best Ive received this year, hands-down. The beautiful artwork, thought-provoking lyrics, and Wiebels lovely voice all blend together in a nicely varied mix of pop and folk. The mood is nostalgic, and evokes sunshine streaming in a window on a beautiful morning, with the conversations taking place among friends in music, instead of voice. The Wait-Awhile-Estates is a concept Wiebel created and developed during a move to the D.C. area.

The title track recalls a Jewel-style vocal phrasing, and features a jaunty beat highlighted by brushes on the snare, and a theme of moving away from conformist environments. Wiebel paints a non-bitter tale of breaking chains and experiencing a new world with optimism.

Five in the Morning is more melancholy, and reflective, accurately portraying complex thoughts that swirl while one waits for the day, thinking about songs from the past, and making decisions for the future. Nice harmonies and lead guitar.

My personal favorite is One Lost Baby. The minor key and strong lyrics describing someone lost at war and their loved one mourning is beautifully realized and executed.

There are many other standouts, and with ever-changing tempos, instrumentation, and voicing of instruments, the listener is paying attention at every turn. The recording is crisp and clear, and the whole effort is slick and polished, but handcrafted from the heart. - Floating Folk Festival


"...buried in track eight is the first song Libby wrote for this collection (she provides the date for each original), and it explains why she kept writing. Don't Call Me Mary sweetly but not subtly strikes out at religions that hold women to a different standard than men. She encourages women to join together to speak out against being relegated to a lesser class. Thats a Sunday School lesson I bet they never teach."

- Walter Boelt - Richmond Music Journal


Discography

The Wait-a-While Estates, (12/2003)
Erasing Yesterday (EP), (4/2002)

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Bio

"A number of people I know have been talking to me recently about the idea of 'speaking your truth,' and the more I think about it, the more I've realized that that's what I want to do with my music. It's what I've always wanted. I want to speak my truth... and yours... and the woman who lives down the hall's. I want to tell our stories -- all of our stories."

And Libby has accumulated lots of stories. Born in Iowa, raised in Wisconsin, and currently living in Northern Virginia, Libby's spent time living in Chicago, London and Williamsburg and has traveled and met people from all over. While she actualized her dream of performing as a singer-songwriter about six years ago, Libby had been performing for many years earlier.

Libby plays and teaches classical piano, has performed with several jazz bands, has sung in choirs and on stage, and has been writing songs since she was a child. She picked up the guitar in high school and her copy of Joni Mitchell's "Blue" in college, and the rest was history. Libby loves many genres of music but feels at home with folk music, stating that, "I need the lyrics to mean something. I need what I'm listening to to reach out and touch me, and I can only hope that the music I'm writing will do the same for someone else."

Libby has performed in numerous coffee houses and restaurants from Williamsburg to Richmond and all over the DC area. She's performed at the National Cherry Blossom Festival and has opened for Christine Kane. She's recently returned to the music scene after a year's hiatus to recover from a shoulder surgery. Her full length album, "The Wait-a-While Estates," came out in 2003, and her EP, "Erasing Yesterday," came out in 2001. She's got most of the music written for another full length album and is in the planning stages for this new project. She splits her time between performing, teaching, and a day-job as a computer programmer.