Celia Woodsmith from the band Della Mae teams up with former Girls Guns and Glory axe-man Chris Hersch in a stellar new project called Say Darling and the reviews are in...it's so damn good! Joining the duo are Paul Chase on bass, Scott Coulter on the Hammond organ and Jared Seabrook on drums. It's bluesy, soulful, roots infused with a rock and roll edge almost unparalleled in today's American Roots scene. The songs are well crafted lyrically with driving melodies and when you add in Woodsmith's stage presence this band has huge potential on the International stage.
It would be easy for Celia Woodsmith to simply make Say Darling about her 'stage presence' and the band would probably go pretty far. Her stage presence, after all, is pretty special and highlights the fact that she's a fabulous entertainer. Say Darling is about much more than a dynamic and talented front-woman. First and foremost Say Darling is about the songs and the statements and the incredible band that allows the songs to breathe and seep into your head. The music is outstanding...the show...well, that's the bonus of Say Darling.
Songs like "No Angel," which appears on her first solo release "Cast Iron Shoes," is a statement about the degradation of our look at the human condition delivered with honesty and power without getting up in your face. It's an important statement about becoming numb to the constant barrage of news about a concerning lack of empathy for one another and lack of respect for the lives of others. Whether it's school shooting, sexual assault, police brutality or just general violence in our society it's a subject many musicians will pass on for fear of alienating a segment of a "fan base." You're either on board with Celia when it comes to common sense caring for others or she'll pass on your 10 bucks for a disc or a ticket to a show. We need more of this. Much more.
Say Darling isn't all about Celia Woodsmith however. Chris Hersch is a great guitar player who spent most of the last decade with Boston alt-country staple Girls Guns and Glory and added a tremendous amount to the sound and validity of that monumental Boston band. This project however is different and allows him to expand into a whole new area of growth and experimentation. Girls Guns and Glory has a sound and a solid foundation and Hersch needed a place to expand. This is a more diverse environment and he's taking full advantage of it.
Celia Woodsmith - vocals, acoustic and electric guitar
Chris Hersch - guitar, vocals
Scott Coulter - Hammond organ
Paul Chase - bass
Jared Seabrook - drums
The Session Crew
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H. Nat Stevens