A Town Called Normal CD (2013) *Limited run

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A Town Called Normal CD (2013) *Limited run

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A Town Called Normal, mixes classic old-time mountain music with newgrass and Americana. Call it folk if you like. Essentially it connects the dots from the Folk Revival to the present with some musical detours.

Track Listing:

1. A Town Called Normal      2:54               

2. Cursed                                2:57               

3. Cuckoo                                2:48               

4. Turn Your Eyes                 3:01               

5. Trouble Being There        2:27               

6. My Love                              3:36               

7. Childish Things                 2:31               

8. Footnotes                           1:05               

9.Silent Waltz                         2:39               

10.Walking On the Outside    3:52               

11. Wrack & Ruin                  3:19               

12. Sometimes                     4:38

 

What folks are saying..

“{A Town Called Normal, is} a cut above the usual run of singer-songwriters, New Yorker Cross sets his material in traditional arrangements and to traditional-like melodies even as his lyrics express an observant modern sensibility. Good stuff, not the least of it is a happily restorative reading of the otherwise exhausted Cuckoo. Someone to watch, maybe.”— fRoots (UK)

Odetta said he reminded her of the mountain music that shaped her own sound, and you can certainly hear Appalachia and bluegrass roots in numbers such as the very nasally Guthriesque banjo and mandolin led Cursed, Childish Things (which references Maya Angelou’s poem I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings), the yee haw feel of My Love and a folk blues interpretation of the traditional tune Cuckoo that exits on a breakdown flurry. On the other hand, both the infectious poppy bounce of Turn Your Eyes and, once the tempo picks up, Trouble Being There fit more comfortably into the contemporary newgrass scene.”— Mike Davies, FATEA (UK)

 “{A Town Called Normal} ...he pulls back the curtain and reveals a lonely shell of a man, but if they made a drug that was this high, I’d never be sober. A stone cold winner.” — John Shelton Ivany (Top 21 USA)

“…the songs sound like they could be Appalachian standards…except that they’re originals…lusciously intermingled layers of banjo, mandolin and acoustic guitar.” — New York Music Daily

 

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”{A Town Called Normal, is} a cut above the usual run of singer-songwriters, New Yorker Cross sets his material in traditional arrangements and to traditional-like melodies even as his lyrics express an observant modern sensibility.”
— fRoots Magazine (UK)
The twelve track album is almost completely self-penned and proves to be a solid one.” -Blue Boogie

”{A Town Called Normal} ...he pulls back the curtain and reveals a lonely shell of a man, but if they made a drug that was this high, I’d never be sober. A a stone cold winner.”-JJohn Shelton Ivany Top 21 (USA)-New York Music Daily (USA)

“…the songs sound like they could be Appalachian standards…except that they’re originals…lusciously intermingled layers of banjo, mandolin and acoustic guitar.”

”...backed by Cross’s songwriting and powerful and unique vocal, it makes for a great listen and strengthens my belief that roots music is still alive and well in the Northeast.” —Red Line Roots, Boston (USA)


”Though Cross is not a household name, he should be- Pittsburgh Tribune: Jeffrey Sisk (USA)

”...an excellent songwriter with a golden voice… —- Prescription Bluegrass: Mark Raborn (USA)