Daring to Feel Everything
Although only beginning to attract attention, Holly Almgren has been writing songs for 30+ years and grew up singing and playing guitar. The songs on this CD were written over the past four years and took wing in winter of 2010 when Holly joined forces with producer, singer, songwriter J.D. Steele in Minneapolis. J.D. put a stellar rhythm section together at Winterland Studios including his brother Billy Steele on grand piano, Yohannes Tona on electric bass, Billy Franze on acoustic guitar and Kevin Washington on drums. Except for the reeds and lap steel tracks, the entire CD was recorded in three three-day sessions between March and July 2010, with the players grooving & improvising to Holly's guitar arrangements of the tunes. Holly's lead vocals meld with backing vocals by Maria Benson and J.D., who arranged impressively lush vocal harmonies on the fly; an art honed over decades of experience singing with and arranging for his family The Steeles. We hope the listener enjoys the spontaneity and joie de vivre that arose in the studio making this CD. Back in her home town of Boston, Holly went into Larry Luddecke's studio Straight Up Music with old friend Stan Strickland, who recorded 9 tracks of saxophones and flutes, as well as 11 tracks of Kevin Barry's lap steel guitar. Holly sat back and enjoyed watching seasoned artists deliver soulful first and occasional second takes with sensitivity and glee. The CD was mixed and mastered back at Winterland in July, with the last song recorded being So Satisfied, written by Holly and J.D. two days before recording it. Holly would like to dedicate Daring to Feel Everything to her parents Ed and Nicky Almgren, who passed away four and two years ago, before this latest batch of songs came to fruition.