"Over the course of her eight albums local songwriter Braun has developed exceptionally sharp lyricism, fluid vocals and a way with a driving melody. Case in point, the single "Drift Away" from her new CD." - Stuart Derdeyn The Province
Sprack Chica Boogie selected for The National Post and Province Playlist.
"The album received an A on an A to F grading scale, with Drift Away, Drunk, I Will I Won't, Sprack Chica Boogie, and Neutral Territory. Very eclectic sound! Powerful vocals set the tone for a blend of genres in this album." Matt Nightingale CHSR Music Director
No. 8 brings renowned producer and Juno nominated, Adam Popowitz (Pacifika, Mollies Revenge, Leela Gilday) on board producing and performing on the songs with bass and lead guitar. Elliot Polsky, drummer extraordinaire (Jim Byrnes, Zubot and Dawson, Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir) lends a pair of hands and feet on the groove and heartbeat of No. 8. Blues meister Andrew "HuggyBear" Huggard (Ollie Bollen Trio, Leonard and the Lab Rats) shakes things up with his soulful blues harmonica. International touring freelance keyboard/pianist Mary Ancheta (Bjork,John Mayer, Nickleback) shines with her astounding keys on feature tracks too. The new material on the album is a mix of originals with blues, roots rock and soul at the centre.
released April 27, 2011
Norine Braun: Vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar on Nothing To Hide, Sprack Chica Boogie and Midnight
Adam Popowitz: bass, lead guitar, mandolin
Elliot Polsky: drums and percussion
Andrew “Huggybear” Huggard: harmonica
Mary Ancheta: keys
Produced by Adam Popowitz
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Adam Popowitz at Rear Window Song & Sound, Coquitlam, BC.
All songs words and music composed by Norine Braun except Sprack Chica Boogie music by Alice Fraser and Norine Braun, lyrics by Norine Braun
Thanks to: Alice for her courage, determination and most of all her precious love. Adam for creating a wonderful, safe and special place to make magic happen. Elliot, drummer extraordinaire, for giving No.8 the heartbeat and groove, hugs to Andrew for your heart wrenching soul and the amazing Mary for shining so bright on short notice. Thanks also for your ears and encouragement to Robyn McCorquodale and James Bowers.
This recording would not have been possible without the outpouring of love and generosity of the fans and friends who joined in the presale campaign of digital downloads, cd and t-shirt sales to make this project happen. Your support means the world to me and affirms the journey of making music.
Special thanks to these liner note benefactors:
Renee Gauthier, Carol Passmore, Valerie Storvold. Kristin Galea,Hutch and Bill Bryan, Matthew and Madison Monroe, Frances A. Fraser, Phyllis Braun, Ina Stockhausen wwwpositivelifechangesca
My love and deepest gratitude to you all.
This cd is dedicated to my late brother Brian Braun who first taught me the blues so long, long ago and his son, my nephew Nathan Braun who inspired Sprack Chica Boogie.
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