"Several years ago, my brother introduced me to Townes Van Zandt. I fell in love with his songs and the way he tells stories. His music led me to Guy Clark, Emmylou Harris, Woody Guthrie and many others who have influenced my writing," reflects O'Meara. "I'm fascinated with the paradox that a person's life can be full of pain and sorrow, and all the while full of hope and light. I've seen this in myself and I write about it all the time."
Take Me to the Desert, Ellen's 2013 release was produced, recorded and mixed by Darwin Smith. The recording features Ellen's elegant songwriting framed by a selection of the Austin's finest musicians. Her music is emotionally articulate and is complemented by the album's lush arrangements. Musicians featured on Take Me to the Desert include: Ellen O' Meara (guitar, keys, lead & background vocals, banjo, organ, electric piano, banjo, tambourine), Darwin Smith (moog snyth, wurlizter electric piano, background vocals, guitar, baritone guitar, dobro, organ, clave), Kullen Fuchs (melodica, vibraphone, trumpet, horns), Roy Coon (clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone, flute), Dony Wynn (drums, percussion) Tony Rogers (cello), Nick Arbuckle (upright bass), Kim Deschamps (pedal steel) and Katy Gurley (background vocals.)
Photography by Katy Gurley.
Album art by Karli Ingersoll.
Recorded, produced, & mixed by Darwin Smith.
Mastered by Jim Wilson.
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