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Harvey's Kitchen: The Greencards -- "Make It Out West"





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Uploaded on Feb 17, 2011

Greencards aren't actually green. My first Greencard was pink. The current one is sort of a mucky brownish smear replete with biometric data and holograms. Carol Young and Kym Warner are both Australian. So it's sort of an interesting fact that in 2006 they received an Americana Award for "Best Emerging Artist." It wouldn't be the first time a foreign band latched on to what is considered a quintessentially American genre and ran with it. Since that time they've been Grammy nominated twice for "Best Country Instrumental Performance" and opened for both Bob Dylan (one of those performances we actually saw) and Willie Nelson.

Such great musicians, and such lovely people.

Since we've moved houses and it tends to get a bit claustrophobic recording in our kitchen (not to mention it hampering a good meal) we decided to venture out to the Blind Tiger at its new location on Spring Garden Street. I think it's the medium-sized venue we've been waiting for.

The Greencards have a new album on the horizon. The Brick Album. They have an interesting way for fans to patronize the band and if we had a few spare wooden nickels to rub together these days we'd also contribute.

Many thanks to The Greencards, Neal Davis, and the Blind Tiger.

Praise for The Greencards:

"The Greencards are a little island of Truth and Beauty in a sea of artifice and mediocrity. What a fine group, and what a great collection of songs." -- Rosanne Cash

"These guys have made a stunning record, I was blown away." --Buddy Miller

"The Greencards, while also technically breathtaking and acoustically driven, inspire comparison primarily because they have consistently moved towards a sound of their own." -- Country Universe (April '09)

"One of the most inventive discs you'll hear this year." -- Austin Chronicle (April '09)

"An exploration of folk-based acoustic music, endlessly inventive and musically restless yet consistently engaging." -- BlogCritics Magazine (John Taylor)

"Fascination, may be their most inventive yet -- his musically curious album more than lives up to its title." -- Paste Magazine (April '09)

"It is arguably one of their most solid efforts to date and a perfect follow-up to "Viridian." -- Today's Country (April '09)

"Fascination telegraphs it's melodies deliberately and patiently, creating a quietly confessional tone well suited to Carol's intimate vocal approach and Jay Joyce's tastefully restrained production." --Country Weekly (April '09)


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