Alana Amram And The Rough Gems – Snow Shadows: Songs Of Vince Martin (2011)

Musician Alana Amram didn’t choose to be an artist; she was just born that way. The daughter of legendary composer/Beat icon David Amram became a traveling musician and storyteller at an early age. Drawn to the songs of the late ’50s and early ’60s folk scene, it was only fitting that Alana would discover the songs of an influential – but unknown – songwriter, Vince Martin, whose recordings, solo and with Fred Neil, are prized by folk cognoscenti. The result is Snow Shadows, a career-spanning collection of songs by Martin, produced by Mark Sebastian (brother of The Lovin’ Spoonful’s John Sebastian) and Jesse Lauter, who has worked with The Low Anthem, the album has a full, warm sound and a ton of heart. John Sebastian and Van Dyke Parks, who’d both played on Vince’s 1973 Capitol album, Vince Martin, were reunited with Vince after more than 35 years.

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