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Beth Bombara - Map & No Direction (CD)

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FROM THE EMOTIONAL WILDERNESS, BETH BOMBARA FINDS HER ‘MAP AND NO DIRECTION’

With 2017’s MAP & NO DIRECTION, Bombara's songs take aim at a larger audience with melodic hooks that showcase a love not only for roots-rock, but the irresistible punch of classic pop, too.

1. I Tried (Too Late)
2. When I Woke
3. Map & No Direction
4. Lonely Few
5. Blind Willie McTell
6. Sweet Time
7. What We’re Giving
8. Made, For Now

Layered with lush string arrangements, polished to a light shine by producer Karl Kling (RAC), and influenced by more than a half-century's worth of British pop classics and rock home runs......The result is Map & No Direction, an album that casts the widest net of Beth's career, from the George Harrison-worthy guitar riffs of the kickoff track, "I Tried (You're Too Late)," to the sad, sparse beauty of the piano ballad "What We're Giving." It's the sound of Beth rediscovering her own abilities as a songwriter — and expanding them, too. Bombara's new batch of songs are vintage-influenced hooky Americana and rock & roll and equal parts "bourbon-warmed Neko Case", as her hometown Riverfront Times (St. Louis, MO) described. They named her best Americana artist 3 years in a row. She has a companion for her frequent tours: husband, guitarist, and producer Kit Hamon, a topic she writes about in the Phil Spector-esque song “Sweet Time.” She tackles other topics as well on MAP & NO DIRECTION: the pensive “Lonely Few” was written in response to racial divide in her hometown and violence against black civilians by police and subsequent protests. Seeds of her sound were planted in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where Beth landed her first gig as the frontwoman of a touring punk band. From there, she branched out, traveling the country as a side-woman for critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Samantha Crain. After moving to St. Louis, she launched a solo career, kicking things off with a batch of songs that owed less to the fury of her punk beginnings and more to the finesse of Gillian Welch, Tom Petty, and Aimee Mann..