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
has a strong voice with an admirable range and heartfelt delivery.
She chooses top-flight material."
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."
"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."
--mandolin, guitar, harmony vocals
--Dobro, harmony vocals
1 - The Balad Of Decker Springs
2 - Northern Girl
3 - Blue
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
- Daydream Cowboy