"Three-quarters of the way through "Pleasureville," The Potter's Field's compelling new CD, I realized I'd become a fan. The album's original songs show real songwriting prowess. John Natiw's melodies, set to variations on American rural styles, are full of pleasing and unexpected turns. His lyrics are direct and poetic, and he's not afraid to look for beauty in dark places. Both John and Rochelle have fine voices, and their voices flatter one another. Their commitment to the songs is tangible, and the album's instrumental arrangements do just enough to enhance the songs without getting in the way. They get close to perfect with their song "Don't Look Down When You Go." The song itself is elegantly profound, and their duet singing is confident, moving and beautiful." - Dick Siegel - Ann Arbor, MI
"The Potters Field write and perform from a burning at their core. Watching their work, you can't help but be inspired. Like a burning ember in the room, they fill the space with light and warmth, raise the listeners' temperatures, then send them off into the night. I'll be carrying them with me for some time." - Mike Mangione - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
"The Potter's Field performed a "40 minute set of originals and great covers. Their voices, brought together with some impressive guitar work, blend together beautifully. I hope you'll all get a chance to hear them play at some point. You're in for a treat if you do!" - Bill Ivester - Louisville, Kentucky
released 31 October 2011
The Potter's Field is:
John Natiw - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Piano
Rochelle Clark - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Kazoo
Jason Dennie - Mandolin, Acoustic and Electric Guitars
Drew Howard - Pedal Steel, Banjo, Baritone Guitar
Dave Roof - Upright Bass
Annie Capps - Backing vocals on track #9
David Mosher - Fiddle on track #8
Produced by The Potter's Field
Engineered by John Natiw
Mixed by John Natiw
Mastered by Jim Kissling
All songs written by John Natiw/Rocket Boy Records ASCAP except:
Tracks 5 & 7 written by Rochelle Clark & John Natiw
Track 12 written by Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson
Recorded February-October 2011 at Rocket Boy Records in Canton, Michigan (except track 4 - recorded January 2010)
Album Cover Photography by Kylie J. Wilkerson
Additional Photography for CD by Megh Hollowell
Front and back cover design by John Natiw
The past two years have been an incredible journey both musically and personally. It's brought challenges and opportunities for growth, and we've been humbled and honored by the outpouring of support and encouragement we've received. Thank you doesn't quite seem to suffice, but we'll give it a shot!
We'd like to thank our families for the sacrifice they've made to help support this project. We simply could not do this without your love. A big thank you to our friend and manager, Susie "Tenacious K" Keat for all of the phone calls, coffee meetings, cheer-leading sessions, and "gentle" reminders. We're blessed to have you in our corner.
Special thanks go to Bob & Susie Keat and Al & Deb Johnson. Without their immense contributions, this project would simply not have happened.
We'd also like to thank the musicians who dedicated their considerable talents to this project: Drew Howard, Jason Dennie, Dave Roof, David Mosher, and Annie Capps. Each of you raised the bar and made this recording so much better than we could have imagined.
And, last but not least, we'd like to thank everyone who has ever come to a show or sent us a word of encouragement. We love making music and it's been a privilege to share our music with so many kind, gracious and genuine people. Like we said, "thank you" just doesn't seem to suffice. We love each of you. And now, after many miles on the road, months of hard work in the studio, innumerable new friends and blessings, please enjoy our debut CD, Pleasureville.
Go on now, turn it up.
John and Rochelle
Booking: SQD Arts Management (Susie Keat)
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