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Title - Springville Sessions
Artist - The Ladles

For those unaware, with the COVID-19 pandemic cancelling an entire years worth of tour dates, The Ladles decided to turn their only remaining gig of 2020 a three-week summer residency in the quaint town of Springville, New York into their extraordinary and spontaneous new album, Springville Sessions.

Recorded over the course of four days in an historic former Baptist church, the collection mixes folk sensibilities with pop, jazz, choral, and chamber music, creating a gorgeous blend fueled by spare, acoustic instrumentation and brilliant harmonies.

When all three voices come together, writes American Songwriter, the sound lights up the space like a firefly in the night.

Composed of fiddler/singer Lucia Purpura-Pontoniere, guitarist/singer Katie Martucci, and banjoist/singer Caroline Kuhn, The Ladles have always managed to walk the line between technical virtuosity and emotional intuition.

But Springville Sessions finds the trio reaching new heights with a less-is-more approach, embracing their environment at the Springville Center for the Arts and recording the entire album with the stripped-down intimacy of a live performance.

The result is an entrancing chronicle of a singular moment in time, a raw, organic record that hints at everything from Im With Her and The Wailin Jennys to Mountain Man and The Staves as it finds connection and hope in the face of isolation and overwhelming uncertainty.

With only the three of us and an engineer in the room, we were free to just be ourselves, says Purpura-Pontoniere. Everything was as intimate as it could possibly be.

1. Sunset Pink
2. Crushin
3. Nobody Knew
4. Thank You
5. Sugarcoat
6. Baltimore
7. Pages
8. T.O.B.S.
9. The Friends You Had

Opening on the pure dreamy gossamer of the lovingly dulcet Sunset Pink, they back that up seamlessly with the quietly acoustic reverence of both Crushin and the harmonious resonance of Nobody Knew, which in turn are followed by the yearning orchestrations of Thank You.

The gently pensive storytelling of Sugarcoat is up next and backed by the joyful American pop bounce of Baltimore and the achingly earnest Pages, with this album (one that puts you in a happy place from the very off and keeps you safely there throughout) rounding out on the melodically sweet sounding T.O.B.S., closing on the mellifluous The Friends You Had.

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