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Erelli, Andreassen win Passim Iguana grants

Monday, December 27, 2010 – Mark Erelli and Kristin Andreassen, who has been with Uncle Earl and Sometymes Why, were among 17 New England-affiliated artists awarded a Passim Iguana Music Fund 2010 grant. They will receive between $500 and $2,000 as seed funding to build their careers or provide community service.

"In addition to my singer/songwriter career, I've lately been getting more and more gigs as a multi-instrumentalist with folks like Josh Ritter, Lori McKenna and Catie Curtis. With the Iguana Fund grant, I can buy some new gear and start experimenting with recording studio quality overdubs at home. Given how much of indie artists' recording currently takes place outside of more traditional studio environments, this grant will help me continue to expand my role as a sideman."

Erelli released his eighth solo album, "Little Vigils" and "Seven Curses," a CD of murder ballads with Jeffrey Foucault.

Also winning grants were Amanda Kowalski, Andy Cambria & Sarah Green, Austin Nevins, Dami Noah, Dave Godowsky, Hanneke Cassel, Kimber Ludiker, Margaret Glaspy, Maria Sangiolo, Mark Erelli, Michael J. Epstein, Naseem Khuri, Nikola Radan, Randall Williams, Rose Polenzani and Zachariah Hickman.

CD reviews for Mark Erelli

Little Vigils CD review - Little Vigils
Mark Erelli writes and plays wonderful traditional country music, but this may have you feeling severely depressed after all is said and done. There's plenty of acoustic instrumentation, with overt fiddle and acoustic guitar on songs like Hemlock Grove. Yet closer inspection reveals a fairly hopeless guy. Kingdom Come is something like the country version of Richard Thompson's The End of the Rainbow, as it includes nearly overwhelming evidence that it's foolish to believe in a heaven above. »»»
Delivered CD review - Delivered
On his seventh CD, Mark Erelli continues to explore the themes of responsibility and redemption that marked his 2006 release "Hope and Other Casualties." There's an equal number of non-political tracks that also fit within the theme, but the focus is on the war in Iraq and the torture and other issues that surround it. In the opening Hope Dies Last, the Lori McKenna sidekick looks at the war from afar, using an everyman perspective. He wonders how you can - or whether you should - »»»
Hillbilly Pilgrim
Generally lumped in among the so-called "singer-songwriter" crowd, Mark Erelli shows off his honky-tonk roots with this collection of 11 songs, most of them originals. It may seem a paradox to say it, but the nifty thing about the production by Erelli and Lorne Entress is that it really doesn't sound like a slick studio effort. Turn the lights off, close your eyes, and you might actually think you're sitting at a stage-side table in a roadhouse on a two-lane somewhere between, say, Austin and Laredo. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Daniels wears out bows, but music endures – After each of the first few songs Charlie Daniels played, his 'fiddle tech (?)' exchanged his bow. Is this because he was playing particularly hard? Perhaps. Whatever the case, Daniels and his five-piece band clearly appeared to be giving it their all during the act's hour-and-a-half set. As it is the Christmas month, Daniels sang a... »»»
Concert Review: Rawlings easily moves out of the shadow – Every once in awhile David Rawlings moves out of the shadow of musical mate Gillian Welch to launch his own tour. While Welch, for whom Rawlings plays guitar, has the more prominent career, nights like this ably confirm that there is a reason does his own thing as well. Rawlings, who released the very fine "Poor David's Almanack" in... »»»
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