Neon Blue Bird

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/16/2011
  • Label: Ollabelle Music
  • UPC: 626570613732
  • Catalog Number: 7061373
  • Sales rank: 64,332

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
Dave McNair Mastering
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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