Karmic Fury Records is proud to release from the vault “Enjoy the Ride” featuring Emily Pakes. “Enjoy the Ride” was written to remember and honor all those who have been injured or killed while bicycling. Here’s the full story.
In July of 2013 Kim and I were up in Durham hanging out with our friend / amazing musician Emily Pakes when we started talking about possibly writing a song together. She mentioned the recent death of local Durham cyclist Seth Vidal, which I had heard about. I also knew about several other bicyclists killed in Wilmington and other North Carolina towns because my brother is an avid cyclist and wrote of these accounts in his blog (sirbikesalot.com). But Seth’s story is that one that really haunted me. Two days before he died he tweeted: “It isn’t a contest. Just enjoy the ride.” This stuck with me and I couldn’t hide from it until I put it on paper and worked it out in the studio with Kim. Then Emily came down and delivered an impressive rap for the second verse.
This song is dedicated to Seth Vidal (killed in a hit and run on Hillandale Road in Durham), Paul Tyler (killed in a hit and run on Wrightsville Ave), the Doolittles (father and son killed while riding in the River Road bike lane), Phil Tidmarsh (killed on River Road by a young addict), Harley Becraft (run over twice before anyone stopped to help), Alan Simons (shot in the head by a firefighter in Asheville), Gary Frank Sargent (killed on Eastwood Road), and everyone else killed or injured on our roads. These are preventable tragedies, if only we’d take driving seriously and be good people to each other.
Karmic Fury Records is proud to support the awesome cause behind RecoveryRockFest! When do you get to see amazing music outside of the bar scene or surrounded by alcohol? Local music producer Nyla Cione is bringing this brand new concert style to Wilmington while at the same time supporting the recovery community and donating to a good cause. RecoveryRockFest features national headliner Melissa Ferrick and local favorites Folkstar, Stray Local, and Mike Blair and the Stonewalls.
RecoveryRockFest – AUGUST 29, 2015 / 7PM-10PM / Kenan Auditorium UNCW RecoveryRockFest is a clean & sober rock/folk concert supporting people in recovery from addiction featuring original local and national artists Melissa Ferrick, Folkstar, Stray Local, and Mike Blair and the Stonewalls. A portion of the proceeds goes to support UNCW’s CRC Collegiate Recovery Program.
It is known that 1 in 7 people from age 12 and older will have an issue with addiction and it is estimated that 40 million people are affected as a whole. RecoveryRockFest wishes to provide a substance free folk/rock concert in celebration of recovery and for those who desire a substance-free lifestyle. A portion of funds will go to support our local university UNCW-CRC Recovery Program* for students in recovery which offers resources for UNCW students in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, gambling addiction, and those affected by other people’s addictions.
our goals for rrf:
– raise awareness and bring the community together in celebration of recovery
– raise the funds needed for our inaugural event to then be a self-supporting event through ticket sales
– become a not-for-profit after the first year with an opportunity for people to serve for this event
– be an ongoing annual substance-free event for our community
some rrf history:
RecoveryRockFest (originally named Recovery Rocks) first started in 2009 in a small cafe in Bradenton, FL. It allowed people in recovery and their friends to enjoy a substance free concert in celebration of recovery, and to meet others in the community. RecoveryRockFest has moved to Wilmington, NC and we look forward to having this event here in our new recovery community.
Nyla’s story: Addiction affects many families, friends, loved ones, and has also affected myself and my family. It is important to me to give back and to be a part of something that can carry a message of hope of recovery. To come together in one place through the language of music, and to share and show that recovery is worth it, and that we are not alone. Many people still struggle with addiction and I know for myself that when I met other people in recovery, I didn’t feel so alone. I personally have been in long term recovery for just over 23 years. It has allowed me to also be of further service to my community. It is something I get to do, and I am grateful to be able be a part of a positive message.
I personally welcome you to join us on our first year in Wilmington for RecoveryRockFest!
Vanessa Lynch has been circling the spotlight for a few years now, surrounded by and performing with some of Wilmington’s brightest talents, while remaining somewhat under the radar. Until now. Lynch’s debut album Walking Blind is thoughtful, deliberate, and musically rich. Credit is due to her band, all accomplished musicians in their own right, who weave a rich tapestry around Lynch’s voice without overpowering her. Also noteworthy is the overall positive message, a theme of rising above adversity using the fuel of inner strength. Musically, most of the songs harken back to an earlier time, putting a modern spin on funk-spun soul.
The album opens with title track “Walking Blind.” The instrumentation is gorgeous, right from Luke Wilson’s first drum beat into Nicole Mancini’s violin intro. The song itself is catchy and Lynch’s voice is emotional but controlled, a task she makes seem easier than it is. The pop soul melody sets a nice tone for the rest of the album.
“Butterfly” starts with a slow jazz guitar riff from Michael Buckley and builds into chromatics that actually simulate the idea of flying. Lynch’s voice soars and benefits from backing vocals that invoke vintage girl groups like The Supremes. The butterfly imagery is effective in describing a relationship that continues to pull her back in, even as she pleads, “Give me the nerve to fly.”
Danny “Louis.” Thomas with Vanessa Lynch at the cd release show at Bourgie Nights
It’s probably appropriate that an album emphasizing self-worth and being true to yourself would follow an easy breezy song with the immediate sound of a rap verse. “Courage” works because the lyrical rhymes of Danny “Louis.” Thomas bring out the hip hop leanings in Lynch’s voice. The lyrics are a simple but effective homage to self-sabotage: “Courage won’t enter me and I know why, ’cause I won’t let it.”
“Glow” is the song that should appear in whatever happens to be the next girl power movie of the year, meaning that this is what young girls (or women, or really ANYONE) should be singing along to. “Girl, get your shine on…let your inner beauty show, and glow.” It doesn’t hurt that the song itself showcases some beautiful vocals, including some fantastic backing harmonies.
Lynch gives a nod to her adopted home in “Carolina.” The song is the most folky-sounding song on the album, an appropriate vehicle for ruminating on how moving to the south has changed her. As a fellow Yankee transplant, I can definitely relate to her lyrics expressing heartfelt love for her new home. “North Carolina has given so much to me,” indeed.
“My Flower” is adventurous musically in a way that seems to really bring out the rich emotion in Lynch’s voice, even as she navigates back and forth across a (very effective) time change. She flexes creatively on this song and her band follows suit. The motown sound throughout segues into a guitar solo at the end that downright blazes.
The ballad “Two Men” is so rife with sadness that the feeling of loss is palpable right from the beginning, thanks to a stirring piano intro by Dylan Linehan aided by some emotional violin playing from Mancini. When Lynch’s voice finally does float above the instruments, she allows herself to be vulnerable singing, “I’ve been told I’m a pillar of strength/ Well they don’t see me when I’m all alone.”
Crystal Fussell, Michael Buckley, Keith Butler Jr, Vanessa Lynch, and Taylor Lee performing at the cd release show
Nothing pulls a listener out of a sad funk like…funk. And the next two songs are downright funky. “Strange & New” has a beat and a bass line that, combined with Lynch’s outstanding vocals and harmonies, perfectly capture the lustful fun of a new love affair. The chorus really makes me want to dance, and there is a killer bass solo from Taylor Lee. “How Dare You” continues the dance trend while also revisiting the theme of empowerment. Lynch’s voice is powerful and full of feeling as she repeats the line “How dare you,” folding herself into what sounds like an old-school soul jam. Buckley swoops in at the end and delivers an exceptional guitar solo.
Lynch smartly ends on an upbeat note, but one that also showcases her creativity. “Shouldn’t Let Me Go” starts out on an upbeat note and then takes a turn into a dark and spooky bridge in the middle. Just when I think I’m going to get sucked into the piano-and-violin-heavy scary dark place, the sunny guitar and vocals rescue me and place me gently back into pop bliss. The song is catchy lyrically and melodically, and is a great finish to what is a strong debut album.
Vanessa Lynch has delivered some great music that is very much its own sound, a rarity in today’s over-homogenized market. After being up-and-coming for the past few years, Lynch has shown that she’s ready to arrive. Vanessa Lynch doesn’t just shine, she glows.