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doin' jack to buy Are Our Oars Out? to buy Public Nudism to buy
("secret" track: "Everybody's Talkin'" mp3, an outtake from Dudley, doin' jack...)
"Jazzy acoustic finger picking and a little brushed snare back up Ellen Turner's hazy, hushed vocals through light, breezy songs, best described with adjectives like plush, nice, deluxe, yummy and delightful." --from www.listen.com blurb
Dudley was(/is?) a Santa Barbara-based art-folk-pop entity, built around the hard-to-define, easy-to-love music of singer-songwriter Ellen Turner. For the last few years, it was Dudley the Band, and Ellen backed by guitarist Joe Woodard, bassist Chris Symer, and drummer Tom Lackner. They're prone to describe their music as "quirky" and "heartfelt." Dudley has three albums to show for the effort, doin' jack (1998), Are Our Oars Out? (1996), and their debut, Public Nudism (1994). Now based in Durango, Colorado but working out of the Santa Barbara studio known as "the Tompound," Ellen is back on track in 2020, nearly finished with a new CD.
Dudley, doin' jack
(CD) HI-123, 1998= $12 (postage paid)
"The colorful, quirky, aqueous cover image on Doin' Jack seems to imply that something just as beguiling lies within the CD's jewel case. Does it deliver? You betcha... Ellen Turner's floating vocal drawl suggests she is singing an intimate disclosure to the listener. Her voice, paired with the emotional exposure of the lyrics ("I have eyes like yours that look right into me, But mine are not so kind, what do you see in me?" from "Eyes"), conjure a Sunday morning mood: either evoking the euphoria of waking up next to the one you love, or waking up to the emotional wreckage of a lover's revelations from the previous night..."--Deirdre Devers, Splendid e-zine, 11-1-99
songs: 1. Pearl Diving (mp3) 2. Luring Him OM (mp3) 3. Unrequited Triangle 4. Eyes 5. Down Comfort 6. Cult of Inspiration 7. Rain 8. Alan 9. Larry Magdalene 10. Saved My Soul 11. Dusty Lungs for the Experience 12. Prince Charming (mp3) 13. End
(secret track: Everybody's Talkin' mp3)
Ellen Turner: songs, voice, guitar/Joe Woodard: guitar/Tom Lackner: drums/Chris Symer: bass
Guests: Bruce Winter: recorders, organ, so-called "clavinet" ("Pearl Diving," "Allan") Sally Barr, violin ("Luring Him Om") Nate Birkey, trumpet ("Prince Charming") Jennifer Terran, vocals ("Prince Charming")
Produced by Wayne Sabbak and Dudley, Recorded and mixed by Wayne Sabbak at Riviera Studios, Santa Barbara, CA, Except "Dusty Lungs for the Experience," recorded by Robinson Eikenberry on Montgomery Street, All songs by Ellen Turner, Copyright 1998, Do Right Music
Dudley, Are Our Oars Out
(CD) HI-115, 1995= $12 (postage paid)
1. Her Own Nightmare (mp3) 2.. Perpetual Thought 3. Maybe It's Time (mp3) 4. Bodhi 5. Desert Rain 6. Strong Medicine (mp3) 7. Strange Land 8. Are Our Oars Out? 9. At the Altar 10. To the Three Musket Eaters 11. Big Plans (mp3) 12. Love is Here to Stay 13. Death is a Quality of Life
All songs by Ellen Turner
Richard Singer, writing in Option, opined that the sound is " somewhat playful, folk-tinged, soft-side-of-alternative rock a welcome break from the self-seriousness exhibited by other female singer/songwriters intriguing, nightmarish side that peeks out from the lyrics once in awhile "
Frank Warren of the San Luis Obispo Telegraph-Tribune said of the new album: "the record has moments of country warmth, off-time folk, and some of the most fragile musical moments you will ever hear on tape this is a group of artists who paint and sculpt brilliant creations for the senses, and when you least expect it, get into your soul."
Mark Fahey, writing in the Santa Barbara Independent, said: "even as instrumentals, these songs are beautiful, and coupled with Ellens voice, it is indeed a rare beauty in this time of loud is more." In the Santa Barbara News-Press, Steve Libowitz called the album "a treasure trove of poetry and haunting images."
Dudley, Public Nudism
"Ellen Turner, the primary force behind Dudley, has put together a collection of pop with a relaxing folk undercurrent. Turner's velvety, enveloping voice is reminiscent of Frente!'s Angie Hart in its sweeping sighs. In fact, many moments here recall Frente!, but without their determined quirkiness...every song on the album is quite solid, providing plenty of fine moments. Centering on the well-worn trials of finding/keeping/losing love, the often melancholy but never mawkish tunes highlight Turner's enchanting vocals..." -- rd, Splendid e-zine
1.Highway 2. Butterfly Kiss (mp3) 3. He Sees Angels 4. The Sentiment's the Same 5. Romeo (mp3) 6. Closer 7. Single Light 8. Carrying a Weight 9. Obsessed with Happiness (mp3) 10. Lovelorn Waif 11. Sad Wonder 12. Stay Awhile 13. Feardom (mp3)
All songs by Ellen Turner
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