Sonically, The Happiness Waltz takes a trip back into Rouse’s early-2000’s period, a time when so many of his longtime fans really came on board. A number of the new tracks could easily find a home on the AM radio of the late 1970’s, nestled between some of the biggest songs of the day. Lyrically, The Happiness Waltz is very much an album in the present, featuring some of Rouse’s most personal songs to date. Rouse reunites with producer Brad Jones, who produced and engineered two of his most beloved albums, 1972 (2003) and Nashville (2005). The Happiness Waltz was recorded in Valencia, Spain at Josh’s studio Rio Bravo; with overdubs and mixing completed at Alex The Great in Nashville, TN.
Heidi Talbot was born in Ireland, became a folk star in the USA as a member of the Irish-American band Cherish the Ladies, and now lives in Scotland, where she is married to the celebrated fiddler and multi-instrumentalist John McCusker. With a background like that, it’s hardly surprising she should develop a style that switches easily between Celtic and Americana, especially as her remarkable backing band includes many of the cast of the Transatlantic Sessions. The 15 other instrumentalists and six other singers include American country and bluegrass heroes Jerry Douglas and Tim O’Brien, Mark Knopfler, and Scottish stars Karine Polwart, King Creosote and Julie Fowlis. Yet Talbot effortlessly dominates the set, with new songs co‑written with different band members, from the unashamedly emotional The Loneliest, to the charming Celtic swirl of The New Cajun Waltz and the fiddle, guitar and dobro-backed country weepie When the Roses Come Again. Exquisite.
Lotte Kestner is the solo project of Trespassers William vocalist Anna-Lynne Williams. The Bluebird Of Happiness was recorded over the course of a year by Williams in a handful of bedrooms, as she transported her home studio from a number of locations around Seattle and nearby island Vashon. While retaining the delicate, intimate sound of her debut album, China Mountain, there are a handful of notable guest appearances on this new work. Damien Jurado duets on “Turn the Wolves”, Arnar Gudjonsson of Icelandic band Leaves accompanies on piano on “Pairs,” and Anomie Belle contributes violins to “Cliff.”
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