“The voice of Shawn Luby, who leads Humble Tripe, is rich like loam, its low tones gilded above by incandescent flashes of something a bit feminine. Think a sonorous young dylan migrating to Anacortes, Wash., and singing with more soul than everybody else in that lo-fi land.” –Independent Weekly, Durham, NC
Carolann Ames — with her riveting, angelic vocals and superlative, prize-winning songwriting — launches her fifth self-released CD, the smart, soaring, unforgettable LAUREL CANYON ROAD, in January 2012. In the meantime, the down-to-earth, hard-working artist continues a relentless touring schedule with her backing band — Steve Peavey on guitar, mandolin, pedal steel, banjo and vocals; Melissa Harley on fiddle; Ken Dow on bass and vocals; and drummer Rob Hooper — taking the fresh, heartfelt, Celtic, bluegrass, country, R&B, pop, Southern soul- and rock-flavored originals on the disc to waiting fans. “To me, a live show is about the audience,” she says. Born in Wyoming and raised in Texas with family music makers all around, Ames’ “trouble child” ways led her to emotional writing and trend-bucking arrangements that mark her acoustic, Americana sound.