When Danielle Egnew started writing the songs for "Red Lodge," her 17th album, the idea of combining country, folk and Americana music was not on her mind. All she knew was that the recording would be different from her rock songs in Pope Jane and the results surprised even her. Now, the album is on Amazon (ASIN: B001OFM0R6) as well as other digital and physical locations with distribution by Maurice the Fish Records.
"All of the songs are stories," Egnew states, "and each one takes you on an emotional journey into the country of the heart." Reviewers and listeners agree and have made favorable comparisons to such artists as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Martina McBride, R.E.M., the Indigo Girls, and Jim Croce. She also has been called "The Most Likely to Turn You into an Obsessed Fan" by Curve Magazine.
Writing, singing, and playing every instrument on "Red Lodge," Egnew went for an ethereal blend of sounds from her guitar, bass, mandolin, violin, piano, Tibetan bowls, flute, tribal drums, and percussion (castinets, chimes, tambourine, hand percussion on her lap, claves, guiro, fingersnaps, and even a cardboard box).
Although that sounds like a lot of instruments, there is an organic sit-around-the-campfire feel to the songs, even with the glistening sheen of the production. "I came from a very large pop and alt rock production background," Egnew says, "so I wanted to do a more 'stripped down' sounding album, something much more personal and intimate. Well, that was the thought, but with some of the songs having up to 32 tracks, I still ended up getting pretty involved now and again!"
The title of the album came from the name of her favorite mountain town in Montana, her home state. "It's a small and intimate town," Egnew points out, "and I thought reflected the personal nature of the album's lyrics."
Personal. Heartfelt. Country. Folk. Music. Chronicle. Every one of those words describes the hair-raising feeling of listening to Danielle Egnew on "Red Lodge."