album ‘PEDDLIN’ DREAMS’ (Cooking Vinyl)
Irish release 3rd June 2005
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is set to release her sixth solo album “Peddlin’
Dreams” in June 2005. Produced by her bassist, frequent
co-writer, and husband Jim Akin, the 12-song album finds the former
Lone Justice frontwoman applying what USA Today called “one
of the strongest and most versatile voices in pop music” to
an engaging variety of American music, from soulful hard charging
roots-rock, to country tinged acoustic folk.
Dreams” arrives two years after Maria’s critically
acclaimed “High Dive”, a meticulously
produced and finely polished album that Mojo magazine’s four-star
review called “an organic, risk-taking record oozing rich
details”. In contrast, “Peddlin’ Dreams”
emphasizes emotion over seamless craftsmanship; the production quality
is as strong as ever, but its intention is to invest a live quality
into each track. On "My One True Love"
she whispers her vocal, as if standing inches away from the listener
in some quiet room of the heart, while on "Everyone's
Got a Story" she's fronting her band in a raucous
jam, ripping licks on her guitar over a thrashing beat.
opening song “Season Of The Fair” features
Maria’s poignantly singing of lost love over a strumming acoustic
guitar. “It's probably been more than twenty years since I
wrote this song,” says the songwriter. “I was in Ireland,
writing a lot with Robbie Robertson and gleaning from his storytelling
style - even though he's Canadian, his songs can have a Southern
Gothic mood. The imagery in ‘Season of the Fair’
comes from hanging out with him and from reading a lot of Southern
writers at that same time.”
include the plaintive "Appalachian Boy,"
the playful, coming-of-age-tale “The Horse Life,”
and the Akin-penned, feedback-soaked “Sullen Soul,”
in which Maria sings she’s “Feeling my age like cars
in a body shop.”
Maria also turns
in a moving rendition of Neil Young’s “Barstool
Blues.” “After going over the Americana terrain
for years and years, the worst thing anybody can say to me about
my music would be, ‘Oh, it's like American barroom rock!’”
She continues: “So it's ironic for me to do ‘Barstool
Blues,’ which is the greatest song ever written with that
sort of imagery yet it totally transcends any genre because it's
such a great piece of art. To Jim and me, Neil Young is a god --
but I have to do something risky on every album, and for me that
meant recording this song because his original version is perfect.”
is, ‘High Dive’ was a labor of love,"
Maria explains. "It was also incredibly demanding--a lot of
hard work for both Jim and me. We wanted to make ‘Peddlin’
Dreams’ more direct and spontaneous. We didn't think about
it too much; we just went in and did it. The process was much more
More than that,
their approach on “Peddlin Dreams”
signals a shift in Maria's thoughts about recording, her relationship
with the public, and deeper issues as well. "In the past I
haven't been the most prolific artist," she admits. "It's
taken me as much as six years to go from one album to the next.
I've had to sit with songs and ideas a long time until I've felt
satisfied with them. I want to make better use of my talent now.
If I'm honest with my songs, I can put albums out more frequently;
that's become important to me because of how incredible my fans
have been and how important it is for me to connect with them as
often as I can."