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“Rough Edges & Ragged Hearts” Linda McRae’s highly anticipated fourth solo release doesn’t describe the gold and platinum polish enhancing a musical career spanning 25 years. Rough Edges & Ragged Hearts produced by Linda and Marc L’Esperance features performances by Gurf Morlix, Ray Bonneville, Doug Cox, Samantha Parton (formerly of The Be Good Tanyas), The Sojourners and The McRaezie Choir (a 50 piece choir assembled specifically for this project) and will affirm Linda’s maturing distinction as a quality songwriter and unique performer.
Not only does 2012 mark Linda’s 25th anniversary as a Canadian recording artist it also marks the release of Linda’s new CD Rough Edges & Ragged Hearts, the first release on Linda’s new Record Label 42RPM.
Linda earned a Juno nomination and double Platinum triple Gold recording status as bassist and accordionist with Celtic/Roots group Spirit of the West. Departing the band after eight years she resumed her solo career consecutively producing three critically acclaimed recordings: Flying Jenny, producer Colin Linden (Bruce Cockburn, Emmy Lou Harris), Cryin’ Out Loud, producer Gurf Morlix (Lucinda Williams, Mary Gauthier) and Carve It To The Heart producers Linda and Marc L’Esperance (Po’ Girl).
In 2007 Linda met and married her manager and co-writer James Whitmire. He urged Linda to go to Nashville to work on her music. Their time there lead her to the study of traditional roots music, studying clawhammer banjo with Brad Leftwich, and Appalachian vocal styles with Ginny Hawker & Tracy Schwarz (New Lost City Ramblers, Hazel Dickens) and finger style guitar with Juno winner Ken Hamm. She has also studied songwriting with Grammy winner John Vezner.
Performing on clawhammer banjo, acoustic guitar, accordion and porchboard stompbox, Linda combines old-time sounds with universal themes of heartbreak & redemption offering an intriguing sepia postcard from the past that is vibrant and alive in the present. Recordings and performances with musical luminaries include Bruce Cockburn, Neko Case, Alejandro Escovedo, Gurf Morlix, and Ray Waylie Hubbard.
Recent performance highlights include The Carter Family Fold, VA, The Hank Williams Museum, AL, Barbican Theatre, UK, Maverick Festival, UK and New Folsom Prison, California’s infamous maximum-security prison performing in concert and facilitating songwriter workshops for the inmates. Her workshops and concerts were so well received, she’ll return to participate in the program in March 2012. The concert and workshops permitted inmates freedom of expression while giving Linda a rare opportunity to assist in that expression.
Linda also writes a column for BC Musician's Magazine entitled "This Winding Road”. She is endorsed by EnRoute Music makers of the PorchBoard and Schatten Design Acoustic Pickups.
CONTACT INFORMATION for LINDA McRAE
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"When all the trends fade and become dated, and all the music from the cutting edge becomes dull, Linda McRae will continue to stand tall, singing and playing music with honest soul and humility, cutting through the fog with her timeless clarity. Linda is one of the true, soulful pioneers of honest roots music. Her singing and playing brings honor to her heroes and to her friends and fans." Colin Linden, Award Winning Songwriter, Producer, Guitarist (Bruce Cockburn, Emmy Lou Harris, Alison Krauss/Robert Plant).