Victoria Blythe
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Victoria Blythe

Lafayette, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Lafayette, California, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
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"Victoria Blythe/Silver Flyer"

“Absolutely amazing voice, pitch strong and with a wonderful delivery”. - Niklas Hansson, Talent Scout, Universal Music (September, 2014)


"Victoria Blythe's Silver Flyer"

“Victoria Blythe’s…new independently released solo album Silver Flyer has the potential to put her on the map as one of the outstanding current female folk-style vocalists on the scene….And her album makes for great listening….It’s obvious that we have a major talent on our hands.” - George Graham, WVIA-FM, October 2014


"Victoria Blythe's Silver Flyer"

"A mix of folk, pop and jazz songs sung by a woman with exceptional and flawless vocal talents, behold, the recipe for "Silver Flyer", the debut album by San Francisco Bay Area singer Victoria Blythe" - Rootstime, Netherlands (November 2014)


"Green Girl's Victoria Blythe"

"Victoria's voice is a nimble voice, pure, strong but with a feathery texture to it. Just beautiful and beautifully recorded.....it just about tore my heart out." - Tracy Grammer


"Peter Yarrow"

"Wonderful music, wonderfully performed" - Peter, Paul and Mary


"Singer Victoria Blythe"

"Blythe's voice is bright and airy and at times haunting in its clear delivery-like a cross between Paula Cole and Alison Krauss". - Powderfinger Music


Discography

Silver Flyer (Victoria Blythe), Green Girl (Calaveras), Ready to Fly (Calaveras), Calaveras: Live at Strings (Calaveras)

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Award winning singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Victoria Blythe (vocals) combines jazz, folk and pop music into original songs in a style that is uniquely her own. Her thrilling beautiful vocals have been compared to Alison Krauss, Paula Cole, and Sandy Denny. She has studied both classical voice and jazz and has been performing professionally since she was a teenager. Her song "Dancing with You" won the West Coast Songwriters Song of the Year award and has appeared in a number of movies, including "Anywhere But Here", and on TV. She performs her own material, select covers, and songs written by, or co-written with, Greg Beattie, who has won numerous songwriting awards including Kerrville New Folk, Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist, Grand Prize in the West Coast Songwriters International Song Contest and the Napa Valley Music Festival Emerging Artist Prize. She has been perfoming for many years with her Americana band "Calaveras" which she founded with her partner Greg Beattie and together they have played at many varied venues including the Freight and Salvage (Berkeley), Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival, Fiddling Cricket, and the Florence Winter Folk festival. In addition to lead vocals, Victoria also plays guitar, piano, violin and viola, bass, mandolin, recorder and Native American Flute, with her greatest love being viola.

Guitarist Walter Stauss has translated the African kora (harp) music to guitar and the results are absolutely amazing. This California guitar maestros songs are full of the groove and fire of an African dance party, the dynamics and textures of a string orchestra, and the back-porch soul of American roots music. In addition to touring solo in the US and abroad, Walter has collaborated with wide-ranging talents, including a duo with 2010 Grammy-winning kora player Mamadou Diabate, guitar virtuoso Alex de Grassi, and The Burns Sisters.

Sam Bevan (Bass) has established himself as one of the most versatile and creative bassists in the Bay Area music scene. Sam is able to canvas a large musical landscape where jazz, funk, R&B, folk, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Venezuelan and West African disciplines joyously intermingle. He has worked with Joe Craven, Monk's Music Trio, David Grisman, and VNote ensemble.

Kendrick Freeman is a Bay Area drummer, percussionist, and teacher. His drum set and traditional studies inform each other, and he has been flexible enough to work with wide range of artists in a number of styles and settings, among them national dobro ace Rob Ickes, string wizard Joe Craven, banjoist Alison Brown, Pakistani singer Sukhawat Ali Khan, the flamenco group Rumba Tribe, and blues artists lke Soul Fuse and guitartist Michael Barclay.


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