Myth of Solid Ground
Myth of Solid Ground is the long awaited album from Knoxville, TN/New York City's singer-songwriter Jodie Manross. The new album's sound is lyrical, intimate, organic, and full of energy. Avoiding the 'sensory overload' approach of modern pop, Jodie and the musicians took their cues from Jodie's biggest influences-the classic bards of the vinyl era: Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan. With Jodie's vocal as the centerpiece, Laith Keilany's dynamic acoustic guitar and exotic cumbus (a fretless Turkish instrument) drive the music forward. Jodie's own guitar anchors full band songs spiced with atmospheric electric guitar, Wurlitzer, and layers of percussion. After being featured on the hit TV show, So You Think You Can Dance, Jodie's music has gained a great reputation among modern dancers. The rhythms and dynamic arc of her music reflects that connection. 'Strength in Peace (a song for Darfur)' features an all-star band of acclaimed pop veterans, including Sammy Merendino (Cyndi Lauper's drummer and producer of the song ), Andrew Carillo (Joan Osborn's guitar player), Graham Maby (bass player for Joe Jackson and Natalie Merchant), and Rob Hyman (co-writer of 'Time After Time' with Cyndi Lauper; producer of artists such as Patti Smith and Joan Osborn) and Darden Smith (Austin singer-songwriter on back-up vocals). Part of the proceeds of this album go to the Vanderbilt Cancer Center in Nashville, TN. Laith Keilany, Jodie's musical partner and guitar player for the last twelve years, has been battling stage 4 cancer for the past three years. While his cancer is now in remission, Laith still has many health challenges. This album is a celebration overcoming so much in the last few years and features original music that embodies both grace and power. Jodie and Laith are so proud to give their fans this new music that is a celebration of life, faith and hope.