2013-10-17 07:02:49 - Switching gears and taking up the mic, Kandia Crazy Horse aims to break further ground in country music for Black recording artists
Award-winning music writer and editor, Kandia Crazy Horse, is pursuing the other side of the coin by making music of her own. Already released is her debut single, "California", a song off of the upcoming Stampede to be released on Bluebilly Records in 2014. The single is already garnering rave reviews,such as Creative Loafing who extols, "The slow-rolling tune features her soulful vocals over a backdrop of acoustic and steel pedal guitar. It's a solid start quickly showcasing her vocal range and tone and we look forward to hearing more."
New York, 2013--It all began with Crosby, Stills & Nash--my California Dreaming," says Kandia Crazy Horse. "Specifically with those exhilarating, Latin-tinged Harmonies of "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes...which somehow beamed in from
an alien world...and Henry's (Diltz) cover photograph for their debut Atlantic LP, which mesmerized me even as a toddler; I still don't know why. This was the source of a lifelong love that eventually propelled me to write a paean to CSN and that whole woodsy, urban country Laurel Canyon lore: my debut single, CALIFORNIA."
"Although they were quite different from the mostly southern soul music and latterday Motown, I was raised on, Crosby, Stills & Nash struck me because they could sing on par with the local DC luminaries Roberta Flack, Les McCann, and Donny Hathaway that I loved," says Kandia. "And they were on Atlantic Records--the House that Ruth (Brown) Built, the label of my father's hometown hero Brother Ray Charles. Some folks' heroes were cowboys, but mine were always producers such as my honorary Papa, Jerry Wexler. So Stephen Stills and his brethren were legitimized in a way most '70's rock was not; and his explorations of bluegrass and other roots musics both enhanced my familial backround with country and led to Stills' earlier band, Buffalo Springfield, becoming my favorite and artistic model."
In some cosmic sweet spot between Stills' self-proclaimed "Cuban bluegrass" and the Afrolachian-derived singing of her regional forebears Flack, Marvin Gaye and Bill Withers (whose debut Stills played on), young Kandia began to craft a potent innervision where Laurel Canyon's "Take it Easy" ethos and southeastern hardscrabble could co-exist. Featuring Kandia's fellow Stills-loving pedal steel ace, Ben Peeler--the simple gorgeous and sunlight-filled single CALIFORNIA arrives to extend country & western's long-beloved narratives of the Golden State as America's ultimate Paradise.
CALIFORNIA was produced and mixed by longtime Shakira collaborator, Albert Menendez. Kandia's new endeavor as a singer-songwriter has been heralded by Bold as Love Magazine as a revelation: .who knew she's got such an engaging voice, one that's slightly raspy and that leans towards heartache?"
The Florida-based Bluebilly Records brings to the forefront a new, extended voice in urban-based country music and a forward-looking stable for independent Americana artists emerging from the national scene and beyond.
BE PREPARED TO SADDLE UP!
CALIFORNIA is available on iTunes. itunes.apple.com/us/artist/kandia-crazy-horse/id668049428
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