Patricia Vonne : Worth It

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Sell date: 6/2010
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Mfg's Catalog#: 5637620
CDC Part#: 1492500
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 Notes & Reviews
 
'Imagine a young Chrissie Hynde fronting the Mavericks with a little help from Calexico,' raves England's Word magazine. 'Looking like a gypsy Polly Harvey and sounding like Lucinda Williams with Nick Cave's sense of doom,' observes Mojo. It's no wonder The New York Times praises her as 'this Renaissance woman of Austin, Texas,' where Vonne now resides. On her fourth release, Worth It, Vonne continues to expand and enrich her creativity to compelling and stunning effect, thanks to what The Sun praises as 'talent to melt the coldest heart.' Already noted as 'an excellent singer songwriter' (Uncut) and 'a beguiling storyteller' (Harp) with a 'dramatic songwriting flair' (No Depression) for her largely collaborative compositions on previous discs, this time out she pens six of the album's 10 songs all on her own. Her energetic and haunting title tale of empathy for a dear plagued friend opens the set, which wraps up with a twangy country-rock punch on the cheeky 'Gin and Platonic.' Vonne captures the full-blooded passions of the many moods of love on the airy border rocker 'Truth Awakening,' the simmering 'Castle Walls' and the Texas honky-tonk dancer 'Love is a Bounty' (the first song she ever wrote). And she makes the power of prayer mesmeric on the bilingual 'La Lomita de Santa Cruz,' which pays tribute to the faith of her great-great-grandfather. The sound and spirit of San Antonio swirls through 'Cut From The Same Cloth,' which was written with Rosie Flores (who shares the city as a hometown with Vonne) and features backing vocals on the chorus by Flores and Texas legend Joe Ely. Vonne's now-trademark flamenco rock'n'roll resonates through the Spanish language 'Fuente Vaqueros' and 'El Marinero y La Sirena,' both written with longtime San Antonio music scene stalwart Michael Martin. The outlaw Old West meets crackling modern electric rock on 'Cowskulls and Ghostowns,' co-written with Shawn Sahm, son of the late Texas music icon Doug Sahm and musical pivot of the continuing Texas Tornados. All told, it's an album of affirmations and an assertion of the power of self-worth, at times in spite of the travails that are part and parcel of life. 'Worth It' is the third album Vonne has recorded with noted Austin producer Carl Thiel, who has proven a perfect musical and spiritual recording guide thanks to his youth growing up in Mexico City. It features her band of drummer Dony Wynn (who has toured and recorded with stars like Robert Palmer and Brooks & Dunn, among many others) and bassist Scott Garber (whose many credits include work with Giant Sand, The Indigo Girls, Timbuk 3, Alejandro Escovedo, The Silos, The Sidewinders/Sand Rubies and Ronnie Lane, to name some but hardly all). Rick Del Castillo of Austin's Del Castillo brings his wondrous gut-string flamenco guitar playing to the mix, San Antonio's Joe Reyes burns on electric guitar, and Austin pop-rock maestro Darin Murphy wails on harmonica. And Vonne's original New York band shows their stuff on the final track. Together they all create true Texas music for the world. The release of 'Worth It' finds Vonne embarking on her 18th tour of Europe (with yet another to follow in fall 2010), where her stage-scorching live shows have found favor throughout the continent in clubs and concert halls as well as on major festivals. 'We came expecting some raucous Tex-Mex, and left exhilarated by a Rabelaisian cocktail of the most sensual flamenco crisscrossed with a heady brand of rock'n'roll that was pure Texas,' reported Irish Times. Similarly, Maverick raved how 'nothing could have prepared me for this extraordinary gig. You know how it is when you've seen the best gig in your life? Well, for me it's probably still Led Zeppelin at the Royal Albert Hall in 1969. But this one came mighty close....' Back home in Texas, she has shared stages with Ely, Alejandro Escovedo, Los Lobos, Raul Malo, Chris Isaak Buddy Guy, Cyndi Lauper, Johnny Lang, and Tito & Tarantula (with whom she also toured Europe as a special guest musician in 2002), and enjoys stature as a popular headliner in clubs

 
 Tracks
 
Worth It
Cut From the Same Cloth
Fuente Vaqueros
Truth Awakening
Castle Walls
El Marinero Y La Sirena
Cowskulls & Ghostowns
Love Is a Bounty
La Lomita De Santa Cruz
Gin & Platonic