Rebecca Padula's rocked-up sound

Its no easy undertaking for a self-published author or self-recorded musician to market his or her own creations in a sea of commercial product. Many area bookstore and music store buyers are often reluctant to showcase local talent for a variety of excuses, many of them lame. But ironically, many independent creators offer fresh material that hasnt been published by a committee in New York or Los Angeles bent on pushing cookie-cutter arts and letters that regurgitate the same old, boring topics and themes. Enter Vermont indie singer-songwriter Rebecca Padula. The local musician is a rare find and her CDs are worth checking out. Padula will release her third independent album in April. She has been performing mainly as a solo roots based singer-songwriter; this project marks a departure into a fuller rocked-up ensemble sound. The CD entitled Fire & Water features members of Padulas backing band, longtime bassist Mitch Barron and new percussionist Shrimp and a host of Vermont guest stars including: Gregory Douglass, Paul Asbell, Dave Keller, Phil Abair, Jamie Masefield, Rik Palieri and Colin McCaffrey. Most of the 14 tunes on Fire & Water were written by Padula with a few exceptions. Vermont writers Carol Abair, Susannah Blachly and the late Rachel Bissex also appear as songwriters. Blachly lends her vocal and fiddle talents to the recording as well. The band covers a range of musical styles covered from traditional acoustic blues to bluegrass to rock to bossa nova. A lot of the albums subtext is political. Padula said she gets turned off by us versus them party politics, we need to find a way to listen, not just talk at each other. In 2007, she won the Vermont Peace Songs contest with her song, We are Free, which appears on the new album. Her folk concert documentary film Margarets Waltz, a tribute to Vermont folksong collector Margaret MacArthur, was recognized as 2007s Best Documentary Event by the Northeast Alliance for Community Media. Where to find Padula in concert with her new CD: Saturday, April 19Carol's Hungry Mind Cafe, Middlebury (solo), 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26Hinesburg Town Hall (with band), 8 p.m. The CD is available soon online at www.CDbaby.com and itunes.

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