Neon Blue Bird

Neon Blue Bird

by Ollabelle
     
 
Five years elapsed between Ollabelle's last studio album, Riverside Battle Songs, and this follow-up release. Amy Helm, Fiona McBain, and Tony Leone all became parents in the interim, prompting the band to take several breaks while the women went on

Overview

Five years elapsed between Ollabelle's last studio album, Riverside Battle Songs, and this follow-up release. Amy Helm, Fiona McBain, and Tony Leone all became parents in the interim, prompting the band to take several breaks while the women went on maternity leave. Meanwhile, Universal Music Group overhauled the band's label and dropped several artists, including Ollabelle. The group wound up taking out a loan to finance the Neon Blue Bird sessions, which were spread out over the course of several years. What could've easily turned into a sprawling, loosely connected album is actually a cohesive song cycle, though, steeped in Southern tradition and performed with the sort of breezy, homespun air that belies the difficult recording circumstances. Like Alison Krauss & Union Station, Ollabelle root their sound in classic Americana, with folk instrumentation and gospel harmonies providing the foundation for songs like "Dirt Floor" (a cover of Chris Whitley's 1998 original), "One More Time," and a swampy, slinky version of Paul Kelly's "You're Gonna Miss Me." But the band also reaches beyond the South, roping in some atmospheric elements for a lush take on "Swanee River" and evoking the glory days of Chicago blues with "Brotherly Love." Not every song delivers the same punch -- "Lovin' in My Baby's Eyes" drains every ounce of soul from Taj Mahal's version -- but Neon Blue Bird marks a surefooted return for a band whose absence was sorely missed.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/16/2011
Label:
Ollabelle Music
UPC:
0626570613732
catalogNumber:
7061373
Rank:
78306

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ollabelle   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jimi Zhivago   Guitar,Harmonica
Jay Collins   Saxophone
Glenn Patscha   Group Member
Amy Helm   Group Member
Byron Isaacs   Group Member
Tony Leone   Group Member
Travis Stuart   Banjo
Fiona McBain   Group Member
Chris Masterson   Guitar
Trevor Stuart   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Taj Mahal   Composer
Stephen Foster   Composer
Chris Whitley   Composer
Paul Kelly   Composer
Justin Guip   Engineer
Tim Hatfield   Engineer
Jake Guralnick   Executive Producer,Management
Brian Cullman   Executive Producer
Glenn Patscha   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Amy Helm   Composer
Byron Isaacs   Composer
Fiona McBain   Composer
Héctor Castillo   Engineer
Ollabelle   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Ichiho Nishiki   Engineer
Frank Riley   Booking

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