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Blurt gives 'Turtle Shell' seven out of seven stars

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Fred Mills gave Valorie Miller's last album, Turtle Shell, a seven-star review published today at Blurt-Online.com.

Valorie Miller Turtle Shell album 2012 earns seven-star review on Blurt.com from Fred Mills

Highlights:

"In the end, the proof is in the pudding, and Turtle Shell is loaded with goodness."

"With Miller on guitar and Dobro player Will Straughan accompanying her on most of the tunes plus trumpet, piano and bass also on a selected few, the album's a sparse, intimate affair, no doubt reflective of the kind of solo Miller show you might get if you wandered into a local pub or gallery where she was appearing."

"Miller's keening warble—which is reminiscent of Norah Jones in her country-rock guise—wanders cautiously but purposefully."

"A true gem among the already heavily-bejeweled Americana field."

Blurt reviews Turtle Shell by Valorie Miller full seven-star review at blurt-online.com

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Miller is regional finalist in Mountain Stage NewSong Contest—now supporters can vote

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Asheville-based singer-songwriter and guitarist Valorie Miller has advanced as a regional finalist in the 2012 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest, and supporters can now vote for her live video featuring her song Cross To Bear in the People's Choice category of the contest.

Watch the video below and then click here to vote for Valorie:



Miller is one of 10 regional finalists in the Southeast region, and the contest named 10 regional finalists in five other regions across the United States and internationally. Judges will choose one winner from each region to advance to the live performance final competition on October 20 at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Additionally, the regional finalist who receives the most votes in the People's Choice voting will advance to the finals on October 20 as the People's Choice finalist.

Five new videos released

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Valorie Miller has released five new videos at valoriemiller.com/video.cfm

Frank Zipperer Photography shot four of the videos at Altamont Theatre in Asheville on August 24, 2012. These feature Valorie's songs Drunken Tattoo, American Women, Haunted Hand and Peaches Ahead. Accompanying her on dobro is Will Straughan.

Dallas Taylor and Māra McLaughlin-Taylor of AshvegasTV shot the video her song Cross To Bear at Echo Mountain Recording Studio in Asheville on August 23, 2012.

New video released: Valorie Miller performing "Drunken Tattoo"

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Asheville, NC - August 23, 2012
Drunken Tattoo at Echo Mountain Recording Studio


Video: Dallas Taylor, AshvegasTV

Update: Valorie Miller show schedule

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Upcoming Shows:
Aug 11, 2012 Weaverville, NC @ Well Bred Bakery - Valorie Miller  
Aug 25, 2012 Southport, NC @ Howe Outrageous - Valorie Miller  
Aug 26, 2012 Southport, NC @ Dead End Saloon - Valorie Miller  
Sep 24, 2012 Charlottesville, VA @ The Blue Moon Diner - Valorie Miller  
Sep 25, 2012 Thomas, WV @ The Purple Fiddle - Valorie Miller  
Sep 28, 2012 Fredericksburg, VA @ Fredericksburg Songwriter's Showcase - Valorie Miller  
Oct 4, 2012 Saluda, NC @ The Purple Onion - Valorie Miller with Moses Atwood  
Oct 5, 2012 Landrum, SC @ Stone Soup - Valorie Miller  
Oct 24, 2012 Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle - Valorie Miller supporting Chris Smither  
Dec 8, 2012 Largo, FL @ Barley Mow Brewing Company - Valorie Miller  
Apr 5, 2013 Savannah, GA @ First Presbyterian Church - First Friday for Folk Music  

Valorie Miller launches new website

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Asheville songsmith Valorie Miller, who released her sixth album, Turtle Shell, before a full house at BoBo Gallery on July 12, launched a new website today at www.valoriemiller.com. Fellow singer-songwriter (and website designer) Dave Turner designed the new site, which offers Valorie's recordings for direct sale in CD and MP3 album downloads. Visitors can also listen to selected tracks from the new album as well as Carolina Line from her 2008 album, Autumn Eyes, as well as one-minute sample tracks from her most recent three records.

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Miller's song 'could almost be a Taj Mahal chestnut rising in full-blown technicolor'

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In a review today on her blog Navy Black, Alli Marshall wrote:

“Peaches Ahead,” with a soulful Dobro part, is the perfect summery folk-blues take on porch rocking, gardening and abundant farmer’s markets. It could almost be a Taj Mahal chestnut, swinging and snappy, its images rising from the music in full-blown technicolor.

Read what she had to say about the other tracks on Turtle Shell in a review of the new album by Valorie Miller.

Review of Valorie Miller's new album 'Turtle Shell' in Mountain X

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Critically acclaimed folk singer-songwriter Valorie Miller's 2012 release Turtle Shell Asheville North Carolina MountainX review

"The record is one of Miller’s strongest efforts, every track featuring her distinctive and expressive voice, expert guitar work and originality — always with a flavor that has branded her, as a reviewer at No Depression put it, “pure Carolina from whisper to wail.” But she’s known far outside of the state, having gained national recognition and sharing the stage with such artists as Merle Haggard and Leon Russell. Lucinda Williams and Tony Arata (writer of multiple hits for Garth Brooks, among others) have praised her songwriting. Some say her sound is reminiscent of artists such as Patsy Cline and Billie Holiday, but these are influences. Miller’s work is strikingly original, and Turtle Shell is a case in point.

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North Carolina songsmith Valorie Miller to release sixth album, 'Turtle Shell,' at BoBo July 12

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PRESS RELEASE

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- For immediate release June 11, 2012 -- The critically acclaimed North Carolina singer-songwriter and guitarist Valorie Miller will officially release her sixth album, Turtle Shell, at 9pm July 12 at BoBo Gallery at 22 Lexington Avenue in downtown Asheville.

Guest musicians at the event will include Will Straughan, Mike Holstein, Justin Ray and Moses Atwood.

Miller recorded Turtle Shell live at Asheville’s Echo Mountain during sessions for her project as well as for fellow singer-songwriter Rupert Wates, who traveled from New York City to record his new album, At the Losers’ Motel, there with vocal support from Miller. Along with her vocal and guitar work, Turtle Shell features Mike Holstein on upright bass, Will Straughan on dobro and backing vocals, Justin Ray on trumpet (track 4) and Rupert Wates on piano (track 9). It is self-produced and was engineered at Echo Mountain by Chris Medrano.

The record is one of Miller’s strongest efforts, every track featuring her distinctive and expressive voice, expert guitar work and originality—always with a flavor that has branded her as a reviewer at No Depression Magazine put it, “pure Carolina from whisper to wail.” But she’s known far outside of the state, having gained national recognition and sharing the stage with such artists as Merle Haggard and Leon Russell. Lucinda Williams and Tony Arata (writer of multiple hits for Garth Brooks, among others) have praised her songwriting. Some say her sound is reminiscent of artists such as Patsy Cline and Billie Holiday, but these are influences. Miller’s work is strikingly original, and Turtle Shell is a case in point.

The album opens with My Acre, a song with stunning acoustic bass and engaging motion. It exudes hopefulness, curiosity and sweetness as it contrasts fear with joy, comfort with discomfort in the life and place one makes for one’s self. The song conveys great meaning in life, in dreaming about escaping one’s boundaries but feeling self-doubt and the fear of not finding forgiveness for the past. And any artist can relate to the lyric’s conveyance of digging in deep to live the life of an artist—by unwavering choice.

The title track, Turtle Shell, features excellent dobro work and vocal harmonies. One sees a turtle crossing the road not knowing the dangers of being there. The lyric explores the challenges of change, aging, and seeking redemption and forgiveness exposed out in the world versus the desire to retreat to a place of safety, like a turtle shell, although the safety may be an illusion: “Should I pray for heaven instead of hell, or just a big turtle shell?”

With great guitar picking, Peaches Ahead is an upbeat tune conveying the Southern country experience of passing roadside signs advertising produce stands in the summer and looking forward to the peaches ahead. It seems to be a metaphor for a belief that good things are ahead, but the optimism is tempered with realism and the understanding that summers—and life—are fleeting. It brings to mind the lyric of Billie Holiday’s recording of Speak Low by Ogden Nash and Kurt Weill in which Holiday sings, “Speak low when you speak love. Our summer day withers away too soon, too soon.”

Alcohol and Elephants delivers the pleasant surprise of Justin Ray’s trumpet, and it contains visionary lyrics that take the listener to the experience of ghosts in glasses of alcohol (perhaps memories of loves past that return with drink and solitude) and elephants in rooms. It reflects on human relationships and avoidance or even self-deception in the interest of keeping a love alive. “A blind eye is turned and an ether flower blooms, alcohol and elephants in the room. The heart of a good man is tested when it's in the hands of a woman who's a bigger bite than he can chew.”

Also very visual, Haunted Hand to speaks to desire for lasting love, a lasting touch and a fleeting opportunity to connect with an unexpected stranger who blows into a town that beforehand seemed empty. The opening line: “Met you in a ghost town tumbling like a weed, I don’t know if you want me, but you surely haunt me.” It also creatively compares the two characters of the song and a passing chance. “I am Carolina, you are Tennessee. You are a spider, and I’m a bumblebee... You better hurry up and get me, for I’m sure you’ll agree—time ain’t nothing but a miser and endings come for free.”

American Women is a witty take on a serious subject—the big-dollar ad campaigns and pop culture that make women fail to recognize their natural beauty and spend fortunes on trying to change their looks, supposedly for the better. But by whose definition? This is a protest song. “The bodies of American women are a country that’s been occupied. From bushes to eyelashes, everything gets modified,” Miller sings, concluding later in the tune that there’s nothing that needs modification. “And love is our final rebellion, intelligence our best tool. American women come home to yourselves in a mirror that’s always half-full.”

The next track, Snowflakes, moves to a jazzy feel with Mike Holstein’s fabulous bass playing and Miller’s expressive vocals and versatile performance skills. It’s another takes-you-there song about the spirit and movement of snow, how it falls on the evergreens as one sits by a warm fire inside and watches through the window.

Drunken Tattoo is country by definition—real country in the same sense that Hank Williams was. It’s about regretting a past relationship, but being hopeful about one day forgetting. It features a great guitar solo enhanced by dobro and contains a line that sums up the how long it can take to forget: “Time flies on a busted wing.”

A perfect conclusion to the album is the final track, Some Other Sky, a contemplative piece (with an unusual and imaginative piano part performed by Rupert Wates) that asks, “Did the day live up to the dream? Did the sun promise to rise, then hand you some dark alibi and light up some other sky?”

Well, maybe it lit up another sky in the song’s story, but not on the album. This one lives up to the dreams of anyone seeking a sophisticated, original and distinctively Southern album—but not by the garden-variety definition of the region. Valorie Miller is an example of what listeners can find in the real South if they look carefully off the beaten path and listen.

For more information and to listen to sample tracks from the album, visit http://www.valoriemiller.com.

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Americana-UK reviews Valorie Miller's new release, 'Turtle Shell'

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 Americana-UK.com review multi-award-winning folk guitarist singer-songwriter Valorie Miller's 2012 release Turtle Shell Asheville North Carolina

"...a collection of songs that are sparse and natural. The songs have space which allow the backing group to shine at various moments. The dobro is certainly the feature of the album, expertly played by Will Straughan but special mention most also go to the soulful double bass of Mike Holstein. 'Turtle Shell' is a polite, unassuming record that makes a subtle statement about embarking on life's road."

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