immediate download of 12-track album in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.
12 track album in digipack sleeve with full 16-page lyric book. artwork and design by mat martin.
also includes immediate download of 12 track album in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.
‘a stunning musical masterpiece that is up there with the best of eilen jewel, devon sproule and amy lavere’ - maverick
‘the kansas sessions', kirsty's fourth full length album, on her own record label, hobopop records; a company set up to spearhead her own sense of musical fair-trade, is dominated by kirsty's clear, intimate, english diction and phrasing, her dark, sometimes macabre, celebrations of life, and mat martin's inspirational musicianship - it was recorded in the united states and is full of joyously engaging songs, shining with american influences.’ - rough trade
'a fine album, and possibly her best so far' - rock n' reel ****
'kirsty mcgee has the kind of voice that stops you dead in your tracks. she blends styles like a master alchemist and has a way with melody that means the moment you hear her songs it's impossible to get them out of your head.' - ralph mclean, BBC
'a beautiful record by an artist worth keeping an ear on' - dirty linen
‘the kansas sessions is full of beautifully produced, immediately accessible, joyously engaging music that, like a carnival barker, draws you inside to take a closer look at the disturbing, the weird and the wonderful... if it was a film, it would be a coen brothers film.’ - maverick
'the uk’s grittiest folk hobo - the kansas sessions is sheer, banjo-dominated americana from its tom waits-esque washboard blowouts (no less than three musicians are credited with '"junk"').
mcgee can neo-yodel with the best of them (check out opener bonecrusher), yet there's also, in the sensuous, deliberate turn of her phrase and her bare-bulb lyrics, a hint of an anglophone lhasa or even madeleine peyroux, and it's through clarinet-whispering ballads like sandman which she really inhabits her brand of waymarked noir.' - HMV
'striking and deliberately detached from the mainstream, the kansas sessions suggests disturbing depths beneath a beautiful surface' - metro
'a national treasure' - manchester revue
'less a gentle pastoral stroll than a knees-up in a 1920s speakeasy' - metro north east
‘the best thing she’s recorded. which, if you’ve heard her other albums, is really saying something... an automatic free pass to the albums of the year list.’ - netrhythms
released 08 September 2008
Kirsty McGee: Vocal, Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Junk
Mat Martin: Banjo, Guitar, Tenor Guitar, Wood Banjo, Banjo Uke, Washboard, Percussion, Junk, Vocal
Katie Euliss: String Bass, Zils, Vocal
Colin Mahoney: Drums, Percussion, Dumbek
Mike West: Mandolin, Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Dobro, Jug, Percussion, Junk, Vocal
Larry Maxey: Clarinet
Tom Johnson: Trombone, Vocal
Produced by Mike West
Recorded by Mike West at The Ninth Ward Pickin' Parlour
Mastered by Denis Blackham at Skye Mastering
Artwork & Graphic Design: Mat Martin
Photography: Graham Smith
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