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What her peers are saying: "I have always loved playing and singing with Amy because her talent challenges me to rise to the occasion. She has an adventurous spirit about music and instruments that shines thru on her new... more »
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What her peers are saying: "I have always loved playing and singing with Amy because her talent challenges me to rise to the occasion. She has an adventurous spirit about music and instruments that shines thru on her new record. I am certain that a portion of my audience comes just to listen to her and watch her perform which I came to realize was a very good thing but now a very bad thing for the guy that is replacing her since she left me for bigger and better things." --Kelly Willis "Amy Farris is one of the most talented people I?ve ever had the pleasure to work with. A virtuoso musician, an inventive songwriter and a soulful vocalist, she is equal parts rock and roller, jazzer and honky-tonk queen. Imagine if Blossom Dearie, Wanda Jackson, Lotte Lenya, Dolly Parton, The Ronettes and Exene Cervenka ever got together and started a band. She?s that good, believe me." --Dave Alvin "Amy Farris? talents as a singer/songwriter/instrumentalist know no bounds. "Anyway" is a great debut album. Somehow she manages to pay homage to her diverse influences without losing one ounce of her personality. No easy feat to pull off but Amy does it effortlessly." --Ben Vaughn Amy Farris invokes a congress of spirits, from Kitty to Patsy to old time X. With a fiery fiddle and a voice to raise the roof, Amy Farris has arrived! " --Grant-Lee Phillips
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Mixed bag of pop and Americana with fine high points
hyperbolium | Earth, USA | 05/06/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Farris is a singer-songwriter-fiddler from Austin who's augmented her classical training with an impressive crash-course in Americana. After wood-shedding on tour with Alejandro Escovedo, she had the opportunity to tour and record with Austin luminaries like Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison and The Derailers. She's graduated with this debut CD, produced by legendary guitarist-singer-songwriter Dave Alvin.Farris' voice has a good measure of the "little girl" sound of Julie Miller and Victoria Williams, which can sound twee at times. Alvin does a good job of hiding this, especially on the stellar double-tracked vocal of the title song (augmented by a superb baritone guitar solo) and the twangy "Pretty Dresses." The former brings to mind 60s girlgroup sounds like The Shangri-Las or Shelley Fabares, the latter adds Farris' fiddle and Rick Shea's pedal steel to a song that's equal parts Wanda Jackson and Connie Francis.The album's eclectic mix includes Drifters-styled bass, maracas and violin on "Let Go" and jazzy crooning on "Undecided" and "No Exit." Farris' voice is a bit girly to fully carry the latter two, but her fiddle solo on "No Exit" is swings in a wonderfully laconic way. Covers include Bruce Robison's "Drivin' All Night Long," Scott Walker's moody "Big Louise," and X's "Poor Girl." The latter, winningly, has more of a wistful jangle than X's typical angst.The variety that Farris and Alvin bring to this disc is admirable. They hit some fine high points (particularly when casting Farris in a '60s pop and country vein); the lower marks are worthy experiments that should help guide Farris' future application of her unusual voice."
Nice, pleasantly eclectic rock-Americana mix
Joe Sixpack -- Slipcue.com | ...in Middle America | 09/07/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"There are several swell, catchy songs that start this album off, with Austin scenester Amy Farris riding a fine line between indie and Americana tendencies. The country-ish stuff is the best, and while some of the more rock-oriented songs reveal some of her vocal limitations, on the whole this is a nice little record, with a cute DIY feel built around her off-kilter, mousy vocals, which bring Victoria Williams to mind, albeit with a more focussed musical vision. Nice record; worth checking out. I've enjoyed hearing Farris in the background of many Kelly Willis records; it's a treat to hear her taking center stage at last."
If Gracie Allen Sang Country
Faithless Street | Austin | 04/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was not surprised to learn that Amy Farris was a Gracie Allen fan, for her music is a deliberately retro sound that conjours up the late Mrs. George Burns. This cd is a fun and uptempo album, centered on teasingly heartbreaking material that is never light or stupid. Amy Farris get plenty of opportunities to turn her hand to the fiddle she made her name with. It also has a nice mix of original material, like the Title Track, and covers of everyone from Bruce Robison (Driving All Night Long) to X (a bouncy cover of "Poor Girl" which managed to perfecetly capture the character of the girl in the song). All in all a stand out performance from a stand out new talent."