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Hearing in the Bardo

by Deborah C Smith

Released 2016
Released 2016
Deborah Smith's sophomore album is a driving and soulful collection of Americana folk-rock songs, crafted on acoustic guitar and piano. She uplifts us with a powerful voice, spirited poetics and deep melodic exploration of personal struggles and triumphs.
Hearing in the Bardo was conceived as a collection of songs dancing around the ether of major life change. All tracks were recorded at IsoKon Studios in Woodstock, NY. Vocals and additional instruments were recorded at Galaxy Smith Studio in Brooklyn, NY. The record was co-produced by Deborah Smith and Colin Brown, engineered and mixed by Jim Bertini and mastered by Blackler Mastering.

“Bardo” is a Tibetan word that literally means “intermediate state”, and is also translated as transitional or liminal state. It is the realm of the afterlife when a soul has left a body and is in-between two different phases of incarnation, but can still see, feel hear and communicate things.

The songs collected here were written in the "bardo" of my father, William H Smith, RIP. I dedicate this work to him and thank him for teaching me to listen.

Album Credits

Vocals, Guitar / Deborah C Smith
Piano, Organ, Rhodes / Colin Brown
Bass / Brian Kesley
Drums / Chauncey Yearwood
Fiddle, Vocals / Liz Hanley
Electric Guitar/ Lucas Papaelias
Flute/ Domenica Fossati
Bari Sax/ Morgan Price
Electric Guitar/ Scott Metzger
Trumpet/ Shammarr Allen
Vocal Choir on Rejoice/ Matt Whyte, Mayteana Morales, Elenna Canlas, Udi Barlev, Chauncey Yearwood, Colin Brown, Deborah, Sierra Carrere