Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
Own compositions are contemporary folk, folk/rock with touches of blues and funk. Her first full-length album is a collection of jazz standards.
Most recent release, Hope (2011)
Early Ani Difranco, Michelle Shocked
Own, occasional covers, occasional traditional and jazz standards
Abbie Gardner has a strong guitar technique, solid songwriting, and a slightly nasal but lilting voice that can wring the best out of her lyrics. Her songwriting and style seems to me a kind of a cross between early Ani Difranco and early Michelle Shocked.
Recommended first album:
You can start anywhere
Highly recommended for folkrock fans
Abbie Gardner—guitar, vocals
Todd Martin & Abbie Gardner
This 3-song demo does demonstrate the range of Abbie Gardner's talent—she can be touching, wrenching, haunting, or bluesy, or all three at different moments in one song. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Highly recommended for anyone who likes jazz standards
Abbie Gardner—lead vocals
Herb Gardner—piano, vocals
I'm not usually a huge fan of jazz standards, but Abbie Gardner's fine, lively, nuanced interpretations of this material really won me over. Frequently cover albums such familiar material can feel a little lifeless or simply repeats of other people's versions. Or worse, when listening to them you feel like once you've heard one verse you know exactly what the rest of the song is going to sound like. Abbie Gardner's versions are so definitely not like that: each line she sings is alive and is just right. I found the songs commanded my attention and each verse drew out new elements in familiar songs. She's got a great sense of rhythm and the songs really swing. This album is a gem. (email@example.com)
Abbie Gardner—vocals, National, lap steel, dobro
Abbie Gardner's new album is a record that is a good showcase for her talents. Her voice is lovely yet has a strong timbre and much integrity. The rootsy sound is wonderfully made on this album. "Liar" is a particularly effective folk song with a heartrending lead vocal. The title song is a wonderfully sad yet wise tale, which she inhabits easily. "Bang Bang" is an accomplished up-tempo song with a quirky feel and a macabre lyric. This is a fabulous album all told. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Write: Gimmie Some Ribs Music, PO Box 472, Stony Point, NY 10980, U.S.A; email email@example.com
Thanks to Sophia Gurley and Anna Maria Stjäarnell for work on this entry.
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