I am so pleased to bring you the second part of the Alice Wallace Frontloader Session. In case you missed it, here’s part 1 –> click me!
Alice possesses one of the purest voices I’ve heard in a long, long time, even purer than my voice when I stub my toe and let out a string of expletives that would embarrass the finest cusser in the world, Yosemite Sam.
Don’t believe me? Check out THIS rant:
Anyhow, Alice recorded a total of six songs for the Frontloader Session, and I’m crossing my fingers that she will, in fact, release these songs as an EP…
Everybody go to her Facebook page and tell her to do it! Do it now!
First up is “A Thousand Miles From Home,” a song I’ve come to become quite intimate with. The other day, I had this on repeat for about an hour and kept singing along during the chorus… “As far as the eye could seeeeeeee… in front of me…” I then took this song out for a drink and some dancing. I’m not ashamed to say that we shared a moment together beneath the great oak tree out by the park. Nope. I’m not ashamed to say that.
Going back to what I was saying about her voice – I swear I did not touch it in the audio. No EQ’ing at all. Some may tell me that I should’ve done this or that to the vocal, but I was completely happy with what was captured. Her voice simply doesn’t need anything. That’s so cool.
Up next is “Poor Cleopatra,” a song that describes a woman’s fall into her own self-importance and worth (at least that’s what I think it’s about!) [update – Alice just informed me of the real meaning of the song. I was WAY off. Go ask her about it. Pretty cool]. Her vocal shines here again as she displays her gorgeous falsetto. Check out Tom Bremer’s guitar solo as well… love that Tele sound. I’m still amazed on how he makes the guitar sound like a pedal steel. Maybe someday he’ll show me a few things that I can rip off.
Lastly is my new favorite song from the session. “A Traveling Song” was the final song of the day, and I’m so glad she decided to record it. Lyrically, the song captures two separate encounters with people Alice has met during her time on the road. I’ve always loved the straight forward storytelling song, one that does not need much interpretation other than the one the artist delivers. Alice reminds us that life is all about perspective, and what we take from it defines our own existence. It’s poignant, thought-provoking, and altogether beautiful to listen to.
The smiles on Alice and Tom’s faces at the end of the video are priceless. I’m so glad I was able to get this on tape.
So there you have it, the complete Alice Wallace Frontloader Session. Alice has a few Southern California shows coming up before she hits the road again to Florida.
Jan 30 9:00pm @ Big’s GrillFullerton, CA US
Jan 31 8:30pm @ Yves’ BistroAnaheim Hills, CA US
Feb 06 7:30pm @ California SolSpring Valley, CA US
Feb 07 8:30pm @ Yves’ Restaurant & Wine BarAnaheim, CA US
Thanks again to Alice, Tom, and Robert for coming out to do the session. Great music, performances, and people. I love what I get to do!