Carly Ritter

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
She may have studied Scottish folk music, and she may be the granddaughter of early country & western star Tex Ritter (as well as the daughter of actor John Ritter), and it may be easiest to call her a folk performer, but Carly Ritter has a lot of 1960s pop running in her veins, and the best of her songs on this, her self-titled debut album, call to mind classic female songwriters and singers from that era like Carole King, Jackie DeShannon, Bobbie Gentry, and Buffy Sainte-Marie. Oh, this is a contemporary folk record by definition (it's even released by one of the 1960s' major folk labels, Vanguard Records), with mostly gentle acoustic and appropriately atmospheric ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
She may have studied Scottish folk music, and she may be the granddaughter of early country & western star Tex Ritter (as well as the daughter of actor John Ritter), and it may be easiest to call her a folk performer, but Carly Ritter has a lot of 1960s pop running in her veins, and the best of her songs on this, her self-titled debut album, call to mind classic female songwriters and singers from that era like Carole King, Jackie DeShannon, Bobbie Gentry, and Buffy Sainte-Marie. Oh, this is a contemporary folk record by definition (it's even released by one of the 1960s' major folk labels, Vanguard Records), with mostly gentle acoustic and appropriately atmospheric instrumental backing, but Ritter's songs (she wrote or co-wrote all of them except for the traditional "Silver Dagger") have a pop DNA and a searching intelligence behind them. The best here, like the infectious opener "It Don't Come Easy," the powerful and epic "Princess of the Prairie," and the mournfully tragic but still somehow hopeful "Little Bird" that closes things out, show a songwriter with a deeply personal and yet universal vision. Her voice is just strong enough to carry the melodies, never over-matching the lyrics with ornamental miasma, crescendos, or unnecessary inflection, much like Carole King, who always let the song take center stage. One feels that Ritter still has a high ceiling, and that this fine debut is just the start of things.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/2013
  • Label: Welk Records
  • UPC: 015707825221
  • Catalog Number: 782522
  • Sales rank: 85,167

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It Don't Come Easy (3:38)
  2. 2 Storms on the Ocean (3:15)
  3. 3 Oh, Farmer (3:32)
  4. 4 It Is Love (3:43)
  5. 5 Mama (3:45)
  6. 6 Princess of the Prairie (3:56)
  7. 7 Save Your Love (3:09)
  8. 8 Silver Dagger (3:35)
  9. 9 The Ever-Loving Kind (3:42)
  10. 10 This Place Ain't Our Home (4:28)
  11. 11 I Am Here (3:35)
  12. 12 Little Bird (3:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carly Ritter Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Harp, Vocals
Ry Cooder Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Robert Francis Piano, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Standup Bass
Joachim Cooder Piano, Drums
Martin Pradler Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Electric Guitar, Vibes, fender rhodes
Juliette Commagere Piano, Glockenspiel, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Dolceola
Technical Credits
Joachim Cooder Composer, Producer
Jerry Lynn Williams Composer
Martin Pradler Engineer
Robert Hadley Mastering
Traditional Composer
Frank Gironda Direction
Juliette Commagere Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Producer
Carrie Smith Art Direction
Cydney Puro Cover Photo
Tomer Bolotnikov Composer
Carly Ritter Composer, Lyricist
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