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Every great piece of art is both a mystery and a love story. True art causes us to ask questions while also supplying us with answers. True artists like Caroline Herring never fail to make us feel something, whether profound sadness or overwhelming hope.
This is surely the case with Herring’s latest and best album, CAMILLA.
“To me, CAMILLA is about grief and injustice. Deep love and hope. Perseverance. Heroes,” Herring says.
Besides it’s profundity, CAMILLA is also wonderfully produced by Erick Jaskowiak, best known as an engineer for folks like Alison Krauss, Crooked Still, The Chieftains, and many others. The band has quite a pedigree as well: Fats Kaplin (pedal steel, fiddle, banjo) and Bryn Davies (upright bass) both play with Jack White’s band (and on his latest album, Blunderbuss); Steven Sheehan (acoustic guitar), Bryan Owings (drums, chains) make for a full, rich sound. Additionally, there are terrific vocal harmonies from Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Aoife O’Donavan, Claire Holley, Kathryn Roberts and Jackie Oates, and as guests, some killer licks on the electric guitar by Sean Lakeman a driving banjo by Leonard Podolak. and emotive violin and viola playing by Andrea Zonn.
All these pickers join forces to create one of the best albums of the year and the record that is sure to give Herring even more acclaim and widely broaden her fan-base. The title of the record is from Herring's song named for a sleepy Georgia town. “That’s where, in 1962, a woman named Marion King was beat unconscious by a deputy sheriff when all she did was take a casserole to her friend’s daughter in jail,” Herring explains. “Beauty and horror. All in one word. And camilla is such a beautiful word.”