So Little Has Changed
In an email dated Nov. 3, 2003, Derek Sivers of CDBaby wrote:" Taylor - I love your 'Long Ride Home' CD so much I'm going to feature it on the FRONT PAGE of CD Baby for a few days. We're REALLY picky about what goes on the front page. We get about 75 new albums a DAY coming in here now, (about 30,000 total), and yours is one of the best I've ever heard!" Now, almost four years later, Taylor Pie has joined the growing list of highly successful independent artists represented here at CDBaby. Her listening audience began to expand with the "Long Ride Home" and "Jubal" cds, and the release of "So Little Has Changed" will certainly push her popularity to new heights. The powerful UTube video of Pie singing the title track live keeps building it's number of daily hits by devoted fans. This Nashville recorded offering is a classic gem and one of the last albums from Jack's Tracks, a music row studio which sold after more than 30 years of producing hits for the likes of Crystal Gayle and Garth Brooks. The list of musicians is small, but impressive, each one an artist in their own right. Dave Pomeroy, bass; Kenny Malone, percussion; Eben Wood, acoustic lead guitar, and Russ Pahl, pedal steel and electric guitar. The improvisational feel with little or no overdubbing, allows us to hear the exquisitely pure arrangements of these unforgettable songs, surrounding Pie's superb vocals with perfect sensitivity and taste. Co-producer Mark Miller at the mixing board sprinkling magic dust for the final touch, makes this Pie's best album so far. The songs range in texture and rhythm from the jazzy first cut, "Jar of Kisses" to the final title cut, "So Little Has Changed," which is reminiscent of a Malvina Reynolds socially conscious folk commentary. "Back to Balsam Blues" slow drives you down a back country road and "Be Here With You," takes your breath away with Appalachian power ballad grace. "Full Grown Fool" is acoustic funk at it's best and "Ocean of Lonely" an excursion into acoustic rock. "Cypress Lake" became a video from footage filmed during the recording session, and is also on YouTube. This is an album with something for everyone! Taylor Pie is the kind of folk artist who simply refuses to be kept inside the box. Her diversity is displayed more than ever on this collection, and for those of you already familiar with her work, it's a must have. For those of you just discovering Pie, you're starting at the top!