Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Ed Romanoff to release new album

Multi award winning Americana artist Ed Romanoff will release his self titled debut CD on June 26th. The accomplished and evocative album, already receiving much praise from press and industry insiders, was produced by Crit Harmon, esteemed for his work with Martin Sexton, Lori McKenna, and Mary Gauthier, and features vocals from Josh Ritter, Tift Merritt, Meg Hutchinson, and Mary Gauthier. The new record is being hailed as a gritty masterwork of atmospheric Americana.

The eleven-track debut cuts a wide emotional swath, from the good-natured sorry-I-messed-up sentimentality of "I Must Have Done Something Right" to the brave vulnerability of "St. Vincent De Paul." Ed wrote the latter after a personal pilgrimage with Gauthier to the orphanage where she had been left on the day she was born. The two became close friends, connecting over the clouds of their pasts.

Ed has also been selected as a finalist in the 2012 Telluride Troubadour competition, which brings together songwriters from around the world at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival (June 21-24) each summer solstice weekend in Telluride, CO. He will also be performing at the festival.

This skillful debut has a moony ambience with elegiac lap steel, saloon violins, and a gentle hum of Wurlitzer organs. Its smoky haze and rustic production are delicately grounded by the grit and earthiness of Ed's voice - gentle yet haunting - while his guitar playing is economic and steeped in all stripes of Americana, from boozy blues to brothel jazz.

"It took two generations and two years to write the record," Ed says. It was worth the wait.

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