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Type of music generally:
Most recent release, Patch of Blue (2005)
Own, cowriting, covers
A friend of mine just returned from a folk festival and he was pretty much blown away by this woman's talents. Along with having an amazing voice, she plays harp and piano. I got to hear a few tracks off from a CD he brought back. Must say I was fairly impressed on just that brief exposure. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Comments about live performance:
she is highly energetic in concert (Silme@ix.netcom.com)
Recommended first album:
I took an informal poll of myself and another fan of Dee's, and we'd suggest Home away from home if you like live recordings. It's got her best songs on it, and it features her old guitarist and drummer who were excellent (but have gone onto other projects).
Mark Knopfler, Tony Levin
Mike Mainieri, Bob Marlette, Bruce Martin
After hearing so much about Dee on ecto, I picked up this album when I found it used. After checking with a few of her fans, I realized this, her first album, was not the album to buy. Way over-produced and amazingly bland, it reminds me of most of Private Music's vocal productions (in other words, it pretty much sucks, despite the talent of all involved). However, Dee's potential can be seen in the songs with the simplest produced songs, such as the song she sings with just herself on piano accompanying her, "The Wish." On the few songs she plays harp, for which she now seems to be most famous, the harp is almost buried in the arrangement. Having heard such rave reviews, particularly of her live performances, I'd be willing to try another Dee album or try seeing her live, but this album should definitely be avoided. (email@example.com)
1997—Blue Thumb Records
Dee Carstensen—vocals, harp, piano, backing vocals, Wurlitzer
Dawn Andrews—cello, glockenspiel, string arrangements
I like the new cd, The Map. It doesn't have the overproduced feel of the previous studio albums—feels more like the live cd. (Silme@ix.netcom.com)
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