The buzz about Patti Rothberg says it all: "One stop from stardom...a mix of urban folk and full-tilt rock." - USA Today; "Shrewdly mixing folk, ballads and power rock, Rothberg distinguishes herself from the screamers by showing her spunk ...without the punk." -People Magazine; "The most inspired debut in recent memory." -Billboard; "Rothberg avoids strident alternative pop for a thick, sensuous rock brew that adds ingredients from psychedelia, folk, power pop and even glam. Rothberg perfectly balances craft and grit, brains and heart, grace and guts." -Michael Toland, High Bias; "Patti Rothberg is 100% U.S. Grade A rock 'n' roll girl. What does she sound like? Think Patti Smith meets Pat Benatar, and with a little extra oomph." -MusicDish Patti has appeared on national & international television: on Letterman, Leno & Oprah, as well as live performances on Japanese, Canadian, German and Swedish TV!
For Rachael Sage, who is also a poet, actor and visual artist as well as a longtime record label owner (she founded MPress Records in 1996), music has always been her primary form of self-expression. By the age of three she had taught herself to play the piano, and by her teens, she'd won the ASCAP Pop Songwriting Contest. Upon hearing Sage's winning entry, legendary producer Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T. Rex) told her she was "extremely talented" and offered to produce her demo. While her parents pressed her to go to Stanford University instead, it was an encouraging moment that gave her the confidence to self-produce her first record, Morbid Romantic.
On the milestone of her tenth album, Sage admits, "I started writing songs to make sense of being bullied in school. I never envisioned music taking me around the world, or that one day I'd play the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Being part of the indie community is humbling though...it keeps you grounded." Sage, who has collaborated with Phil Ramone and shared stages with Judy Collins, Marc Cohn, The Animals, Shawn Colvin and Sarah McLachlan, has had a prolific career both as a musician and entrepreneur. This year Sage produced the fourth volume of MPress' annual charity compilation series, NEW ARRIVALS, benefiting homeless youth, while her label had its first Billboard charting and Grammy nominated releases.
HAUNTED BY YOU was tracked with members of Sage's touring band The Sequins: Quinn (drums), Dave Eggar (cello), Russ Johnson (trumpet), and also features guitarists James Mastro (Patti Smith), Mark Bosch (Ian Hunter) and Jack Petruzelli (Rufus Wainwright); bassists Todd Sickafoose (Ani DiFranco) and Mike Visceglia (Suzanne Vega); mandolin player David Immergluck (Counting Crows); and drummer Doug Yowell (Duncan Sheik). Singer-songwriters Dar Williams, Lucy Woodward, Katie Costello, Ryan Hommel and Seth Glier as well as actor/director Joshua Leonard also make guest appearances; John Shyloski (Johnny Winter) and Kevin Killen (Elvis Costello) engineered.
Unlike Sage's previous albums, including 2009's critically acclaimed DELANCEY STREET, much of HAUNTED BY YOU was composed on guitar. "I pushed myself to pick up guitar to write this record because I was scared of it and took that as a cue." The title track, along with "Abby Would You Wait", "Invisible Light", "Hey Nah" and "Everything", were all penned by Sage on a 1966 Martin acoustic inherited from an ex. "I gave myself a pass to try something brand new, and to make mistakes that would hopefully yield something more visceral."
Sage wrote the dozen songs on the album after separating from her boyfriend of four years, whom she describes as "the kindest, most balanced person I've ever dated. He was much more traditional than me though...touring slowly took its toll." Alone, reflecting on her breakup, the 3-time Independent Music Award winner found herself suddenly prolific. "California", "The Sequin Song" and "Confession" show a more vulnerable, raw side of the singer, reckoning with her newfound freedom, as well as inevitable loneliness.
"After my breakup I had an intense affair with someone I met overseas. I was swept off my feet...but it was an impossible situation." Strained by long-distance, Sage eventually felt pressured to break off what had become a tumultuous wave of cross-continental phone calls and emails. "Soulstice", featuring Counting Crows' David Immergluck on mandolin, "captures that moment where I was as happy as I've ever been, even though it was fleeting."
The concept of soul-mates reappears throughout the record. Sage wrote the Americana-inspired "Abby Would You Wait" about someone with whom she shared one long conversation after a gig, but with whom she "connected so strongly that I saw an entire future." Likewise, the lush, acoustic guitar-based "Everything" celebrates the shameless joy of a new attraction, "when all you can see is shimmering possibility."
"Invisible Light", which both opens and closes the album in two very different musical arrangements (one featuring Dar Williams on guest vocals), is Sage's favorite song on the record. "I wrote 'Invisible Light' while fantasizing about someone who just effortlessly 'gets' me and lets me in completely. I'm definitely ready to have my mind blown by that kind of love."
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