Sarah Jane Scouten

Magpie Waltz

Magpie Waltz by Sarah Jane Scouten
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  1. My Goddamn Country
  2. Palm of My Hand
  3. Poverty Wind
  4. Til the Wheels Come Off
  5. 20 Dollar Bill
  6. Bad Weather
  7. Ballad of the Southern Midwife
  8. Magpie Waltz
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At age 5, Sarah Jane Scouten was sitting on the dining room table, singing “Lace and Pretty Flowers,” by the late Canadian folk and country musician, Willie P. Bennett. On Bowen Island BC, she picked up guitar at age 12, and soon was happy to forgo a Friday night house party for an all-night kitchen jam. Hank Williams and Stan Rogers were her greatest inspirations, both a staple at Sunday morning pancake breakfast and afterward, singing bluegrass and gospel music with her father. Her talent for performing came naturally, and as chance would have it, so emerged a knack for songwriting. Sarah Jane pairs sturdy, infectious melodies with lyrics that are candid, poignant and flirtatious, and “a flair for tying emotions to arresting images.” (Penguin Eggs Magazine) She travels all over North America to festivals and workshops, gaining inspiration from contemporary and traditional folk musicians, as well as an ever-expanding collection of stringed instruments. Based in Montreal, Sarah Jane recorded and co-produced her first album, Magpie Waltz (Independent) in 2011, at Concordia University’s Loyola Chapel. She sought out the fresh talents of Sarah Frank on fiddle, Luke Fraser on mandolin and Mathieu Lacombe on the upright bass to join her brilliant string band. Trilling mandolin, lavish bass and down-right bad-ass fiddle playing bring out the best in Scouten’s authentic sound. The all-string, all-acoustic record has flavours of Joni Mitchell, Graham Parsons and a wealth of bluegrass and old-time music, whose “narratives and arrangements make for an impressive genre LP” (Montreal Mirror). Co-produced by Sarah Jane Scouten and James Finnerty. Album art by Mike Rigby.
For fans of:Gillian Welch, Lonesome Sisters, Old Crow Medicine Show, Justin Townes Earle, Old Man Luedecke
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