Karyn Oliver from the album A List of Names available as a self-release
Growing up in Beltsville, Maryland, Karyn Oliver benefitted from the diverse musical culture of the Washington, D.C. music scene, her own influences including the sounds of local heroes from DC natives such as Duke Ellington, Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Eva Cassidy, Marvin Gaye, Roberta Flack, and more. Her recent release, A List of Names,calls out for “Cordelia” on a Bluesy Rock rhythm, wraps “Edwina” in Country twang, coils a snarling guitar riff around “Clara”, and greets “Dawn” on sparkling Folk. A List of Names shifts sounds, blending diverse styles guided by the vocal drive of Karyn Oliver.
The fire of a Folk musician is at the heart of the stories on A List of Names, the album finding its characters in a community’s history with “I Was a Town” as it requests another dance in “Write Me a Letter”. Drawing a line with a groove that locks in to support the spite of “About Enough”, A List of Names hammers a beat into the secrets and treasures of “No One Asks” while Karyn Oliver exits the album letting piano notes surround the encouragement of “Beautiful” as the story champions finding our personal powers.
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