"Devilishly catchy folk-pop tunes and melodic ballads, exuberantly heartfelt lyrics...infectious joy"
- The Valley Advocate
The List of Whales, Carrie Ferguson’s second full-length studio album, bridges genres with a dreamy mix of folk-pop and indie rock all held together by Ferguson’s addictively catchy melodies and vivid, carefully crafted lyrics.
Called by the Greenfield Recorder, “beautifully produced ...impeccably arranged” the 12 song CD was produced, mixed and engineered by Garrett Sawyer at his Amherst, MA studio, Northfire Recording Studios. Sawyer’s vibrant arrangements range from toe-tapping and dub-infused (Song For My Addiction) to lush horn, string and vocal arrangements (On the Way to Ashfield, The List of Whales), to moments of beautiful acoustic intimacy (Sealie, To the Moon).
As on her first record, Riding On the Back Of the Wind, Ferguson continues to explore her favorite themes and settings: the landscapes of Northern California and New England (Arcata Song, Grandmother Tree), the complexities of human relationships with each other and the natural world (The List of Whales), the bemusing fact of impermanence in all things (Stretchmarks), and the spiritual quest for self-understanding as a rollicking adventure (Wooden Nickel, Sunlight). All are present in this collection along with hefty doses of her trademark melancholic joy, humor and playfulness.
The record features an all-star cast of Western MA musicians including Jim Henry (Mary Chapin, Tracy Grammer) on guitar and mandolin, Zoe Darrow (Zoe Darrow and the Fiddleheads) on violin, Stephen Katz on cello, Steve Yarbro (The Primate Fiasco) on saxophone and clarinet, and JJ O’Connell (Heather Maloney) on drums.
Ferguson celebrated the release of The List of Whales on January 5, 2014 with a sold-out show at The Iron Horse Music Hall, in Northampton, MA. The release marks the culmination of a year-long project which began in the Fall of of 2012 when Ferguson raised $8,500 using the using the online crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.
released January 5, 2014
All songs written by Carrie Ferguson
Produced by Garrett Sawyer
Recorded and Mixed by Garrett Sawyer, at Northfire Recording Studios, Amherst, MA
Mastered by Jay Frigoletto for Mastersuite
Carrie Ferguson - Lead Vocals, Piano, Acoustic Guitar (8, 12), F.B.Organ (2)
Brian Bender - Trombone (1, 11)
Garrett Sawyer - Electric Bass, Stand Up Bass, F.B. Organ (2), Fiddle-Picker (4)
J.J. O’ Connell - Drums and Percussion
Jim Henry - Electric/Acoustic Guitars, Mandolin
Micah Maurio - Trumpet (11)
Ryan Hommel - Electric Guitar (5)
Stephen Katz - Cello
Steve Yarbro - Clarinet (5), Saxophone (11)
Zoe Darrow - Violin
Harmonies - J.J. O’Connell (2, 3, 7, 10); Elizabeth Donahue (1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 12); Garrett Sawyer (6, 12)
Choir (track 11): Chris Scanlon, Emma Ayers, Eli Ayers, Elizabeth Donahue, Stella Green Sanderson, Zoe Langsdale
Photography - Glenn Koetzner
Art - Carrie Ferguson
Graphic Design - Nur Habib
“To The Moon” is dedicated to Tom Rotello
Thank you, Seal, my love.
Thank you, Garrett Sawyer for you generosity, beautiful ideas, and meticulous ears!
Thanks to Jay Metcalf and Northfire for believing in this project!
Thanks to all the amazing folks who played and sang on this record!
Thanks to Glenn Koetzner for your generosity and beautiful photos.
Special thanks to Jane Stephenson, Leslie Chaison, Joel Dundorf, Paul Gulla, Sam Stegeman, Steve Freiman, Tracey Levy, and Zoe Howard for helping to make this record possible!
A HUGE THANK YOU: To everyone who contributed through Indigogo!
AND for support in many ways: Frances and Francis Ferguson, Caleb Shelburne and family, Carrie Rubinstein and family, Chris Scanlon, Charlotte Haines, Denise Danforth, Doug Howard and Andrea Chase, Elizabeth Donahue and family, Emily Breines, Eric Ferguson, June and the Bee, Kendra Rosenblatt and family, Marianne Hurley, Nur Habib, the Sawyer family, Sarah Getoff, Seal LaMadeleine and family, Shoshana Narva and family, the Snow Farm folks, Span of Sunshine, Sophia Getoff-Scanlon, Stella Green Sanderson, Tom Knight, Tommy and Jessica Byrnes, the Wolfwoods.
The List of Whales
Carrie Ferguson, Walking Songs Music
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