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Reviews: Misty River's new CD Stories - Review from Joe Ross
Media reviews of Misty River MISTY RIVER – Stories
Carol Haley, 1111-B NW 131st Wy, Vancouver, WA 98685
Phone: 360-576-7676 or 541-344-7433
Email: carol@mistyriverband.com OR info@mistyriverband.com
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Besides being their fifth album, “Stories” is also a tenth anniversary
musical celebration for Oregon-based Misty River, a quartet of women whose
marketing catchphrase accurately promotes their “compelling voices of
acoustic Americana.” Meeting at bluegrass jams and open mics back in 1997,
the still unsigned band began performing full-time and touring cross-country
about 2000 in their motor home named Annabelle. It’s just a matter of time
before a national label like Rounder Records or Sugar Hill takes note of
their potential and musicianship of Dana Abel (accordion), Carol Harley
(guitar, banjo), Chris Kokesh (fiddle), and Laura Quigley (bass). Produced
by Todd Phillips, he mixes in some percussion on five tracks.

Published May 25, 2008 - 08:04 AM
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'Misty River' an enchanting experience
Media reviews of Misty River Oroville Mercury-Register (CA) [large photo of Misty River]
November 2, 2007
Section: Local
'Misty River' an enchanting experience

Irene Alfieri/Special to the Mercury-Register

Misty River enchanted student matinee attendees and Oroville Concert Association members alike with a rich mix of 'Americana' music, merging their delicate vocal harmony with an array of traditional instruments. The all-female band; Carol Harley (guitar, banjo, ukulele, mandolin), Chris Kokesh (fiddle, guitar), Laura Quigley (acoustic bass), and Dana Abel (accordion, guitar) tours from a base in Oregon, their unique sound shaped as much by the love of traditional music as by love of the land. To the fertile Willamette Valley, the Oregon Trail propelled thousands of pioneers westward, bringing with them music of the east coast, Appalachia, and the heartland, encompassing traditional music, folk songs, country, bluegrass, Celtic, hymnody, and highly rhythmic 'jubilees.' This blend of music is identifiably American, yet shaped from various influences and annealed by the character of the country.
Published Nov 24, 2007 - 12:23 AM
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Reviews: Forest Grove News Times - The Harmonies of Misty River to flow from Forest Grove
Media reviews of Misty River Forest Grove News Times-
The harmonies of Misty River to flow from Forest Grove
Concert -- Acclaimed acoustic quartet will launch 15-concert tour next Thursday
The Forest Grove News-Times, May 23, 2007

Over the past decade, Misty River has developed a loyal base of fans in the Pacific Northwest, who have come to appreciate the tight, clean vocal harmonies and wide-ranging repertoire of this acoustic quartet.

So, while many communities would like to host next week’s kick-off concert to celebrate the release of the group’s latest CD, Forest Grove gets the honor.
“We love playing in western Washington County,” said Dana Abel, the band’s accordionist. “The people have been so supportive, even from our early days performing at the Hillsboro Farmers Market.”
Since then, Misty River has toured extensively (including a 2004 trip to China) but returned often to this area.
In the past two years they have played at the United Church of Christ and Pacific University in Forest Grove and the Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro, where they were the first musical group to draw a sell-out crowd to the facility.
Next Thursday, they will be making a return trip to the Forest Grove church to launch a 15-concert tour promoting “Stories,” the group’s fifth album.
“We are thrilled to kick off our tour in western Washington County,” said Abel, who lived in Hillsboro in the mid-’90s and got her master’s degree in environmental science from the Oregon Graduate Institute.
In the 10 years that the four women have been touring, reviewers have struggled for a short description of their music.

Reviews: Four for folk: Misty River, a Portland fave, talks about upcoming tour
Media reviews of Misty River Grants Pass Oregon's
by Dan Dillon
May 24, 2007

Misty River is the sound of four women finding a voice. The Portland-area band's musical journey began 10 years ago during an open mic night at a local tavern and has continued through five CDs and tours that have taken them from the Shanghai International Music Festival in China to Dollywood in Tennessee and hundreds of points between.

The latest tour, in support of "Stories," brings them to Grants Pass on June 3 for a 3 p.m. show at the Rogue Theatre.

"When these four women weave their lovely harmonies, it is spine tingling," said Jeff Douglas, executive producer of "Oregon Art Beat," which has featured the band five times. The latest segment will be broadcast at 5:30 p.m. Sunday on KSYS-TV.

Misty River members are Carol Harley (guitar, banjo and ukulele), her daughter Laura Quigley (acoustic bass), Chris Kokesh (fiddle and guitar) and Dana Abel (accordion). All four women share lead and harmony vocals, their voices washing together like a watercolor of sound. The result is a depth few groups find.

"A lot of it the girls had when we first started at that open mic," Harley said in a telephone interview from her home in Vancouver, Wash. "I heard those girls singing together and I thought, 'There is something magic,' and it was right there."

That magic is at work on "Stories." For the first time, Misty River worked with a professional producer - longtime friend and Grammy award winner Todd Phillips. While his touch is light, his influence is deep.

"We really let him take the ball and run with it," Harley said. "He had some great ideas and helped us arrange songs that we would have arranged differently."

She allows that some listeners might find "Stories" a bit darker than previous Misty River CDs, but after what band members have been through recently, that's to be expected. Harley endured a bout with leukemia (it's in remission) and other band members faced personal issues.

Reviews: Stories' producer, Todd Phillips Talks about the CD project
Media reviews of Misty River “I love a job…getting up every morning, going to the studio to sculpt new music with great people. And I love it when musicians are open to, and excited by, the process of exploration, invention and design as it applies to music. That’s how we approached this project and each of the songs, a labor of love.

Making a record is a huge ordeal, a great process, and many, many hours – lots of work. Misty River does the hard work and, I can promise you with this CD, the results are in! I’d call the music here sophisticated, and simple. It’s honest and transparent, just exactly what four musicians do in the most basic of ways to reveal the true beauty of the song, the instrumentation, and the voices. Ahh, the voices…well, Dana, Chris, Carol and Laura will tear your hearts out and then put your hearts back where they belong, better off than before." – Todd Phillips, Producer
Published May 25, 2007 - 01:44 AM
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