Deborah Bartley

by Michael Henningsen


December 2 - December 8, 1999

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Deborah Bartley
Saturday, Dec. 4; R.B. Winning (all ages, 6:30 p.m.): After an awe-inspiring debut and thousands of miles traveled, sharing her poignant songs with coffeehouse crowds across the country, singer-songwriter Deborah Bartley is fast becoming a household name in contemporary folk circles. But the mass critical acclaim inspired by her first album is nothing compared to what she is likely to receive for her latest effort, a shimmering, 12-song release titled Tell It to the Wheels (Wanderingeye). Evermore confident, Bartley spreads her wings on the new record, carefully placing shards of wisdom and melancholy within a more complex framework of finely crafted melody.

With studied determination and an extraordinary sense for a well-turned phrase, Bartley weaves brilliantly colored musical tapestries that shroud the listener in gentle warmth. Fiercely independent -- and with an acrobatic voice that runs the gamut between grainy and smooth as silk -- Bartley, at times, seems to have been cut from the same cloth as Ani DiFranco. But there are also hints of Lucinda Williams, Tracy Chapman, Suzanne Vega and Natalie Merchant in her style that underscores her unique versatility.

Bartley is a storyteller in the purest sense. It is impossible to listen to her songs without getting to know her just a little. And once you start getting to know her, you want to know her better. Tell It to the Wheels and her return engagement at R.B. Winning are open invitations to do just that.


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