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Northern Girl   

June 1993




Northern Girl is Amy's debut album, and it was the catalyst that brought her band Stillwaters together. On a visit to New England from Idaho, where she had been the house entertainer at the Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch for three years, Amy met mandolinist Kevin Lynch, who offered to produce an album for her. "It was a dream come true," Amy recalls. "Not only did I wind up with my first album, but I came out of those sessions with a band as well." In addition to Kevin Lynch on mandolin and guitar, Matt Nozzollio on Dobro, and Jon Swift on acoustic bass, the album features well-known musicians from the Connecticut bluegrass scene--all friends that Amy had made during her stay in the state.

    Many of the songs on Northern Girl are from songwriters that Amy had been listening to during her formative years, like Dan Fogelberg, Karla Bonoff, Nanci Griffith, and Hank Snow. One song on the album, "The Ballad of Decker Springs," was written by Dee Street, mother of Olympic gold medalist skier Picabo Street, whom Amy had known in Idaho. Two traditional tunes, "Shenandoah" and "The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond," both long-time favorites of Amy's, round out the album. "I had originally recorded Northern Girl to sell to the tourists out in Idaho," Amy says, "but we wound up getting quite a bit of airplay on the folk and bluegrass stations back here in the East, and I just decided to 'follow the muse' and packed up and moved back to Connecticut for good."


"Amy has a strong voice with an admirable range and heartfelt delivery. She chooses top-flight material."          --Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine

"Listening to Northern Girl, it's easy to figure how she's come so far in only two years as a full-time professional. Gallatin's voice covers a broad range and is well supported on either end (and) has a fullness achieved only with the finest quality recording."           --The Danbury News-Times


"Northern Girl...shows off Gallatin's sweet voice and combines it with clever instrumental work to produce a country sound as it was originally envisioned."
           --The Hartford Couran


Personnel:

Amy Gallatin --vocals, guitar                                                                       


      Kevin Lynch --mandolin, guitar, harmony vocals
      Matt Nozzolio --Dobro, harmony vocals
      Jon Swift --upright bass
      Steve Brechter --banjo
      Bill Revely --fiddle, viola
      Brian Zompanti --guitar, harmonica



Song List:

1 - The Balad Of Decker Springs
2 - Northern Girl
3 -
Blue Highway
4 - Darcy Farrow
5 - The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond
6 - I'm Movin' On
7 - Useful Girl
8 - I Wish It Would Rain
9 - Falling Star
10 - Sutter's Mill
11 -
Shenandoah
12 - Daydream Cowboy

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