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"Whitney Cline, Bring On The Rain"

Whitney Cline has a longing in her voice, the kind you hear in country and blues songs. When the CD opens with “My Addiction,” you get the feeling that the album is going to be an emotional ride about relationships and the people, places and things that make world spin on its axis 24 hours a day.

Cline has some great music to set her vocals to, besides singing and playing the guitar herself, she employs an impressive lineup to help with the 13 tracks on Bring On The Rain. The title track is a real mover of the soul. She emotes significantly-I never knew a piano I liked as much as you/And when I heard you the first time I knew what I knew/Are you a player just like you play those keys/Tickling that ivory tells me that you would bring me to my knees. This is prolific songwriting to be sure and I am not so certain she is singing this song to just the instrument.

This is the sort of album that Springsteen would record if he were the opposite sex-it carries that moody atmosphere colored with the human emotion in ever corner of each song. I am not comparing Cline to the Boss; I just felt that familiar affecting tone sticking to my insides after each song.

After taking you through a particularly heartrending path in her songs, she drops the curtain with “Fade Into Blue,” a song that I think could break into the country charts in a big way if it got a chance. I love the way Cline winds up the album and the song by singing-Blue fades into blue – we are all the same. Yes indeed, we are all the same and if you can appreciate accessible music with some mighty fine lyrics you will enjoy this CD.

© Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck - Keith Hannaleck, EvolvingArtist.com

"Whitney Cline, Bring On The Rain"

Whitney Cline brings a mature sensibility to the folk/acoustic rock scene. Her voice is sort of masculine, and her music has an edge to it. "Closer to You" was my favorite, with a dependable rhythm ala the acoustic guitar as she sings, "Sometimes I can't find the angry hurtful words inside me/I can only ask myself why/I keep pulling myself up back to my feet/So you can just walk by and push me down." This song exudes a lot of meaning as Cline sings about feeling broken. "Not too Long Ago" has a mysterious aura to it, as Cline's piano keys led the way and her voice narrated a tale of being lost. "Perfect Love", on the other hand, explored finding true love as "a little death before dying." Semi-morbid and usually abstract, this was an album that was really "real. - Discovering Artists

"Whitney Cline, Bring On The Rain"

Armed with a beautiful voice that croons lyrical tales that could easily be attributed to anyone's normal life, Whitney Cline roosts her roots rock, singer/songwriter with feathering lightness. But coupled with the light and spacey atmospheres is a tight knit array of crafty songwriting that easily could be mistaken for a long lost Janis Joplin tune recorded by Joni Mitchell. The instrumentation throughout the album is affectionately played with adorable harmonies and melodies that will make you melt. Feminine rockers this talented are sure to break through the traditionally male-dominated rock world.

- J-Sin - Smother.net


Bring On The Rain, 2004, LP


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“ The illusion of duality begs one’s attention, illuminating pain as something unbearable yet beautiful, and ultimately inspiring. It can break your heart, but it’s really your heart breaking wide open to a deeper experience. This is what interests me most -- what lies beneath the surface in the center of one’s being.”

Whitney’s first album, Bring On The Rain, co-produced with Marc Doten (Carlos Guitarlos) chronicles a journey of self-discovery thru suffering to bliss, anger to acceptance, madness to clarity. Its organic emotional sound spans folk-pop to roots-rock, with touches of soul. Her vocals have been compared to Fiona Apple and Patty Griffin, while the music travels along a classic continuum in an urban-country feel. Intimate and forceful, Bring On The Rain tells a tale of longing, surrender, and renewal.

During the recording of Bring On The Rain, Whitney penned the tune Sahanna Lee, which helped win Best Score at the 2003 New York Film Festival for the independent short Waiting For Johnnie Walker, written and directed by Kerry Logan (True Men 2005, Life’s Calling 2001).

Originally a New England native, Whitney’s musical interests began in high-school. While her peers gravitated toward pop radio, Whitney was immersing herself in an era before her time -- the 60’s and 70’s -- listening to Joni Mitchell, Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, and early Leo Kottke, to name a few. These are the sounds that dot the matrix in her music -- real players playing real instruments. A rich and colorful tapestry of acoustic and electric guitar, whistful cello lines, B-3 organ and piano parts that hit you in the gut, melodious bass runs, and complex harmonies and drums, the instrumentation never gets boring. It’s not just a song -- it’s a journey.

What is most rewarding about Bring On The Rain is it’s wide range of appeal. Fans always have different favorites -- like the gospel-country tune Ophelia, radio-ready R&B-flavored Simple, haunting What, and of course the head-bopping title track, Bring On The Rain. The list goes on. Repeat listeners report thier favorites as changing the more they listen. It’s an album one rediscovers again and again, as the musical experience peels itself like the proverbially layers of an onion.

Currently based in LA, Whitney plays Room 5, Genghis Cohen, The Knitting Factory, The Mint, The Gig, Molly Malone's, Highland Grounds, and The UnUrban Cafe.