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700 Miles

700 Miles

by Mary Lee's Corvette
     
 
Long a fixture on the New York roots-rock scene, Mary Lee's Corvette -- the vehicle (no pun intended) for the work of singer-songwriter Mary Lee Kortes -- has only recently come to the attention of folks outside the Big Apple. That attention was piqued by the release of a live album on which MLC covered Bob Dylan's Blood on the

Overview

Long a fixture on the New York roots-rock scene, Mary Lee's Corvette -- the vehicle (no pun intended) for the work of singer-songwriter Mary Lee Kortes -- has only recently come to the attention of folks outside the Big Apple. That attention was piqued by the release of a live album on which MLC covered Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks in its entirety, Live at Arlene Grocery, and that set the stage beautifully for this sweet song cycle. The spirit of Dylan wafts in and out of the picture, lighting particularly strongly in the allegorical road visions of "Portland, Michigan," but Kortes is very much her own person as a writer. "The Nothing Song" captures late-night desperation and regret in all its restless urgency, communicating in hushed tones so as not to call too much attention to the turmoil going on. At the other end of the spectrum lie the flippant, self-aware "More Stupider," which winkingly plays with language, and "Out from Under It," an angular melody that carries a message of long-awaited renewal. 700 Miles's most moving song is probably its title track, a plainspoken tune culled from writings in her grandmother's diary -- and the sweet but never cloying result sums up the album pretty nicely.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
700 Miles is Mary Lee's Corvette's first batch of original material since the group's 1999 debut, True Lovers of Adventure, and it finds Mary Lee Kortes as a seasoned artist behind the mike. On this album co-produced by Kortes and her husband, Eric "Roscoe" Ambel, she appears more relaxed and content as a singer, matching the stunning simplicity of artists like Emmylou Harris and Shawn Colvin. Inside that calmness exists a peace of mind, allowing the tones of freedom and adventure to carry 700 Miles to a warm place while Kortes soaks up the sun and moon of these personal journeys. The funky blues-like stroll "More Stupider" teases a poker face, and such a humorous mood continues on the wispy heartland romp of "Haunting Me." Mary Lee's Corvette is keen in structuring its own brand of rock & roll, and it works well. No big production, no heavy rock numbers or machismo are needed in getting a message across. The members of Mary Lee's Corvette are pretty conventional in their approach, which lets 700 Miles cruise to its own vibe. Kortes and company have made an enjoyable record, and on the surface that's good enough.
Rolling Stone Online - Meredith Ochs
The crunchy, roots rock guitar and hot production... make a nice match with [Kortes'] string arrangements and programmed drum beats.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/2003
Label:
Bar/None Records
UPC:
0032862013621
catalogNumber:
136

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mary Lee's Corvette   Primary Artist
Eric Ambel   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar,Dulcitone
Kevin Salem   Electric Guitar
Graham Hawthorne   Percussion,Drums
Dan Petty   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Doug Petty   Piano
Timothy Roven   Violin
Andy York   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,E-bow,Soloist,Vocal Harmony
Jane Scarpantoni   Cello
Joe Chiofalo   Accordion,Background Vocals
Sibel Firat   Cello
Mary Lee Kortes   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Keyboards,Maracas,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals
Brad Albetta   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
James Roven   Cello
Rod Hohl   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Steve Butler   Engineer
Eric Ambel   Producer,String Arrangements,drum programming,Audio Production
Tim Hatfield   Engineer
Andy York   String Arrangements
Greg Duffin   Engineer
Mary Lee Kortes   Programming,String Arrangements,Bass Programming,Percussion Programming
Timbo   Engineer
Leslie Lyons   Cover Photo

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