Rebecca Turner
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Rebecca Turner

Springfield, New Jersey, United States

Springfield, New Jersey, United States
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Ah, to be in and only in the present… That state and what’s experienced through it is Buddhist enlightenment, stripped of all explications and elaborations. I’ve had instances in my meditation practice that have indicated this, but the most reliable means to this experience for me so far is music.

The live interplay of musicians, preferably of stringed instruments (guitars, bass, maybe a mandolin or a lap steel) and some drums, can lead to a moment outside of time–an instance of time not as container, but as medium. I seek this wherever I can find it. I like to imagine that there are as yet unknown recordings of the album with which the Rolling Stones were supposed to follow Exile on Main St., or of Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, and Charlies Watts playing with R.E.M. during the making of Out of Time, or of Gram Parsons, back from the dead, working with Lucinda Williams on Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, all of which I’ll find at a tag sale someday, take home, and revel in until I’m entirely open to the present. But until I discover that terma, I take the momentos de la felicidad where I can find them.

Last Wednesday, we went to the release party for Rebecca Turner’s new album, Land of My Baby. My wife and I have known Rebecca for years, but her evolving musical accomplishment keeps surprising me. Seeing her with just her guitar at a little bar for the first time years ago, I was astonished to hear a fully formed artistic voice emerge so convincingly from someone I knew. Then, years later, hearing that voice fleshed out by a band on her CD, I was astonished anew. Yet neither of those experiences, much as they should have, prepared me for hearing her play live with that full band. The Slipper Room, where we saw them, is a great room with great sound. The band was fantastic–looser and more muscular than the album, while sacrificing none of its focus. And there were moments when I was pulled by the intertwining rhythms and vibrations fully into the present. And as the Buddhists do, I bow to the experience. - morgannels blog


"...songwriters who performed that Saturday said that inspiration for their songs comes from many places, but that there were few places where they could perform their works. They said there was a particular magic when a song went from the writer’s solitude to the warmth of an audience.

“Music is meant to live among people,” said Deena Shoshkes, a songwriter from Millburn.

Ms. Shoshkes and a friend, Rebecca Turner, a songwriter from Springfield, created the Saturday Afternoon Song Swap in January so songwriters could fine-tune their material."

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/11/nyregion/nyregionspecial2/11songsnj.html?ex=1368072000&en=210cc71bb4129def&ei=5124=permalink=permalink - New York Times


"Turner sings with the angelic beauty of early Linda Ronstadt, Laura Nyro, Susanna Hoffs, Robin Lane and Susan Cowsill. Big names to throw out, yes, but listen…and, then, nod in agreement…Direct, intimate and vulnerable, this CD is an exploration of Turner’s affinity for different types of American music, but fans of Canadian Prairie styled folk-country-rock will find this a fascinating listen…I find Rebecca Turner’s debut to be not only beguilingly fascinating, but eternally pleasing. Very Highly Recommended!" - online store


"If you start with a solid base, and here that means having a beautiful voice, writing good songs and surrounding yourself with talented musicians, it sounds like a recipe for certain success and in this case I’m pleased to tell you, it is….Her voice is by turns, caring, seductive, plaintive, and innocent, and on the most successful songs, playful…This is a record that it is hard not to like; so charmingly is it done that it is easy to fall under its spell." - online magazine


Discography

Rebecca Turner's second CD Slowpokes came out in April '09.

Rebecca released her first album, "Land of My Baby" in 2005; airplay highlights include WFMU and WNTI (both great NJ stations) and the Not Lame podcast.

Rebecca released a 4-song EP in 2000, with producer Boo Reiners (Demolition String Band, Klezmatics).

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“One day en route to work, I was trudging up some subway steps when an impatient lady behind me grumbled something about “all the slowpokes.” That turned into the song “Comfort You Up.” “Slowpokes” as the new album title fits in a bunch of ways: although I’ve been singing and writing songs since I was a kid, it took me until my early 30s to actually stand up in front of people with a guitar; and making my first album ("Land Of My Baby") took a couple of years. Certain things can be pretty sweet when you let them bloom to their full potential.”

Rebecca has been writing songs and performing since 1995. Some past NYC area gigs have been at Jalopy; the Happy Ending reading and music series; Banjo Jims; and the Parkside Lounge. She runs the Saturday Afternoon Song Swap series in Maplewood, NJ, with Deena Shoshkes of the Cucumbers. She grew up in Los Angeles and currently lives in north New Jersey.