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ON CD – Darlene Bailey Rediscovers Her Voice Among Wrenches and Rags

By Bruce Elliot

on-cd-darlene-bailey“It’s never too late to be who you might have been,” (G. Eliot) and folk artist Darlene Bailey serves as an inspiring example. Bailey, who grew up in Massachusetts idolizing Dylan, Neil Young, and Joni Mitchell, picked up the guitar at 11, and was fronting her first band, The Ledgewoods, at just 13. “I wrote for the band, and we sang atop the picnic table,” laughs Bailey. Though life intervened and Bailey put music aside after her teenage years, she has reemerged more than three decades later as a budding force on today’s folk scene with her debut album Wrenches and Rags.

“I began writing again as a way to unpack my troubles,” she shares. Bailey’s sweet vocals and guitar arrive like a welcome breeze on a Sunday morning. Life’s perspective has given her the extraordinary ability to recognize the beauty and magic of daily living. “I probably could not have written like this in my twenties,” admits Bailey.

“Hello, Old Bureau” gives voice to an ignored piece of furniture which has served generations of her family. “Today and For Always” is a musical gift dedicated to her niece’s wedding.  “Wrenches and Rags” is a moving tribute to her parents’ life’s work, while “Winds of Change,” “Song for T,” and “My Father’s Father’s Father” all honor family.

Bailey paints startling, personal images with universal appeal, and after years away from music, she has found her voice and her audience. Wrenches and Rags can be heard locally on WICN during Nick Noble’s “Folk Revival Show” and is in regular rotation at WMPG Portland and WERU Bangor.

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