Carly Ritter

Carly Ritter

by Carly Ritter


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Carly Ritter

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/27/2013
Label: Welk Records
UPC: 0015707825221
catalogNumber: 782522

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
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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