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Nicole Campbell


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

Folk-influenced pop/rock

Status:

Most recent release, Arm's Distance (2004)

See also:

Nicole Campbell's site

Nicole Campbell's ReverbNation site

Nicole Campbell's Facebook page

CD Baby's Nicole Campbell page

Comparisons:

Natalie Merchant, Sarah McLachlan

Covers/own material:

Own and co-written

General comments:

I like to plug my favorite Portland area singer/songwriter/bad-joke-teller whenever I get the chance: Nicole Campbell. Her CDs (Little Voice and Songs from the Red Room) kick serious butt. (tiefe@dsl-only.net)

Recommended first album:

Little Voice if you lean towards folk or rock; Songs from the Red Room if you lean towards folk-pop

Recordings:


Little Voice

Release info:

1998—Wrought Iron Records (PO Box 82931, Portland, OR 97282)—WIR 0373 2

Availability:

See Nicole Campbell's site

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Nicole Campbell—vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion

Guest artists:

Tim Ellis—electric guitars, acoustic guitar
Tom Gilberts—upright bass, bass
Mike Snyder—drums, shakers, percussion, bells, concert bass drum
Ben Wertheimer—djembe, percussion
Brenda Dickey—backing vocals (1-7, 9, 10 )
Mel Kubik—accordion keys, keyboards, piano, backing vocals (1-7, 9, 10)
Dirk Sullivan—electric guitars
Brad Price—mandolin
Phil Neuman—penny whistle, recorders, sac butts, krummhorns
Gary Ogan—backing vocals (4, 5, 7, 9)
Steve Hale—electric guitar, insect politics on electric guitar
Lori Presthus—cello
Skip Parente—violin
Terry Robb—weisenborn slide guitar
Don Schwarz—bass
Tarik Banzi—oud, tar
Gayle Neuman—recorders, sac butts, krummhorns

Produced by:

Mel Kubik & Nicole Campbell (Mike Moore, co-producer)

Comments:

Great debut from a woman who does not have a little voice but is a polished and self-assured singer, songwriter, and musician. This album is very folky, but is also probably the most rock-oriented of the three she's released to date. (JoAnn Whetsell)

Songs from the Red Room

Release info:

2001—Wrought Iron Records (PO Box 82931, Portland, OR 97282)—WIR 0825 2

Availability:

See Nicole Campbell's site

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Nicole Campbell—vocals, acoustic & sexy electric guitars

Guest artists:

Tony Lash—textures, noises, weird guitars, keys, melodica, drums, percussion, samples, loops and programming
Luther Russell—bass, electric guitar, Wurlitzer
David Langenes—electric guitar, backing vocals
Brian Cutler—electric bass, backing vocals
Phil Baker—upright bass
Lori Presthus—cello
Ned Failing—drums
Eric Furlong—bass

Produced by:

Tony Lash

Comments:

A really good folk/pop/rock album. All 9 tracks are solid, and some like "Fly Away" are especially catchy. But my favorite is "Breathe," which is open and spacious and, well, breathes. Seventeen years later, the album sounds as fresh as ever. (JoAnn Whetsell)

Arm's Distance

Release info:

2004—Wrought Iron Records (PO Box 82931, Portland, OR 97282)—WIR 0006

Availability:

See Nicole Campbell's site

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Nicole Campbell—vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, percussion, synth (10)

Guest artists:

James Beaton—hammond, Wurlitzer, Rhodes, fever piano, melotron, clavinet
Leah Hinchcliff—bass, harmony vocals
Ned Failing—spirit of live drums
Josh Boyd—theremin rapture (1, 2, 5)
Simon Widdowson—electric guitar (9, 10); harmony vocals (5)
Skip Von Kuske—cello (1, 7, 8)
Ezra Holbrook—percussion (1-4, 7-10)
Keith Schreiner—brilliant beats, synth (11)
Laurie Miller—electric guitar (1)
Paul Brainard—pedal steel (5, 6)
Derek Sims—trumpet (7)
Adam Wayne—electric guitar (8)
Jay Bozich—rabbit art (11)

Produced by:

Keith Schreiner, Nicole Campbell & Simon Widdowson

Comments:

The most 'pop' of Nicole's releases. It's a solid album, but isn't as distinctive to me as Little Voice or Songs from the Red Room. I do love her cover of Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" though. (JoAnn Whetsell))


Thanks to JoAnn Whetsell for her work on this entry.

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