Mountainside Wildflower

Amy Laber

Longtime New Paltz-based troubadour Amy Laber’s Mountainside Wildflower is a potent reminder of the power of simplicity, the depth of country soul, and the magic of an open heart. Amy’s guitar, banjo, and sultry alto comprise the core of these seven originals, gloriously fleshed out by a cast of Americana luminaries: Cindy Cashdollar (guitarist for Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, and Ryan Adams), Neil Flanz (Steel Guitar Hall of Famer, sideman with Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris), and Byron Isaacs (bassist for the Lumineers and Amy Helm). Tunes range from jukebox country of “Downstream” to haunting-yet-celebratory “Sunflowers,” from downhome spiritual of “Rose of Sharon” to rollicking, feel good two-stepper “Friend of Mine.” Written and recorded after years of gigs and traveling the countryside, Mountainside Wildflower is Amy’s testament to love, loss, and wonder, songs resonating from the back porch, to the club, to the theater.

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