Feb 052021
 

Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno Announce New Album

Coming March 12, 2021 on Free Dirt Records

Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno’s self-titled record is old-soul roots music to its core. Though both just out of college, the duo’s musical talents extend far beyond their years. Produced by GRAMMY-winning Cajun roots heavyweight Joel Savoy at his Louisiana studio, Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno (coming March 12, 2021 on Free Dirt Records) is not some soulless collection of songs imitating previous masters of American music. Rather, the pair has responded to one of the darkest eras in American history with an album of stunning breadth and originality. With mass protests, fires raging near their current home in the Pacific Northwest, and no prospect of touring anytime soon, it’s an aptly biting, bittersweet group of songs for an uncertain time. Yet, Leva and Calcagno balance this with a sense of optimism—a notion that at our most vulnerable we might emerge better humans because of it all, perhaps beginning with our own intimate relationships. The eleven tracks elegantly reprise the deep threads of old-time and classic country present throughout Leva’s debut album—she did grow up in rural Appalachia outside Lexington, Virginia, the daughter of celebrated old-time musicians, after all. However, the pair fluidly meld this traditional backbone with fresh iconic melodies, expanded production, and the tightly wound vocal harmonies of indie folk. It’s an artistic statement made from this moment but built to last.

I’m not going to lie folks, DO NOT be amazed if this one does not end up on my TOP 50 at the end of the year here. WOW. This album touches on so many different types of arrangements, that I’m still not close to being done to listening to this one yet folks.

It has warm fiddle tones and equally warm and soft steel guitar laced songs filled with their signature harmony, that make their music stand out above everyone else. I’ll be updating this article very soon.

Track Listing:

  1. Will You
  2. Leaving On Our Minds
  3. Hallowed Hearts
  4. On The Line
  5. Red hen
  6. Biding All My Time
  7. Love And Chains
  8. On Account Of You
  9. My Teardrops Say
  10. You Don’t See Me
  11. Good And Gone

 

 

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