"With the release of RISE Mahon celebrates a return to a promising career as a singer and songwriter. The variety and depth of her work today provides strong evidence of a mature writer who can effectively blend diverse influences to create a coherent collection of songs. The result is an album that is melodically, lyrically, and sonically enchanting. RISE features lush, but subtle vocal and instrumental arrangements that serve to enhance yet honor Mahon’s principle role as a solo performer. Remarkably, the recordings on RISE manage to capture Elaine’s sheer joy of singing, a joy which emanates from her performances and resonates with her audience.
Elaine Mahon was born to sing, and sing she does with lyrical songscapes that are lovingly painted with imagery gleaned from the natural world. Her voice rises effortlessly on intricate and alluring melodies which move through unexpected, yet pleasing changes. A Gainesville native, her sensibilities as a songwriter developed from a childhood spent roaming the woods and the beaches of North Central Florida. An astute observer, with a deep love of nature, Mahon wields lyrics like an artist wields a paintbrush. These qualities are delightfully reflected in her 2013 release of RISE, which features a collection of finely-crafted songs delivered straight from the heart by her clear, expressive voice."
is a musical family whose work, in our opinion, represents a vital part of the folk music being created and performed in Florida today. Artists include Grant Peeples, The Gatorbone Band, Frank Lindamood, Lon Williamson, Elisabeth Williamson, The Driftwoods, The Aaron O'Rourke Trio, Paul Garfinkel, Bob Patterson, Jim Carrick, Rachel Carrick, Elaine Mahon, James "Tuck" Tucker, Doug Jernigan, Dan Stevens, The Cicada Ladies, The Wild Shiners and Hananel Mavity.
Looking back, 2012 was another banner year here at Gatorbone Records. Big Doin's as we say. Releases included the stunning Aaron O'Rourke Trio's Gatorbone Records debut, Syzygy. A delightful presentation of original and traditional tunes woven into a fine and heady mix for your listening pleasure. Tunes from Syzygy were featured on "The Thistle and The Shamrock" on NPR on more than one occasion. Congratulations to these three incredibly talented and gifted young people, Aaron O'Rourke, Katie Geringer and Erik Alvar.
Other new releases from Gatorbone Records in 2012 include Frank Lindamood's "To Be As Gods and Dan Stevens "My Life of Adventure". These were both sophomore projects for these prolific and popular Florida songwriters and we were delighted with both of them.Another notable offering in our big year was the release of The Cicada Ladies, "Under the Clay". These young ladies certainly know their stuff and their recording has been a big hit in the Florida folk scene and beyond. Their charming performances have won the hearts of their crowd along with their unique arrangements of oldtime tunes and original material.
In the spring "Legacy" was released by Bob Patterson. This is also a notable collection of tunes from this prolific Florida songwriter and storyteller. This release features many of Bob's musical pals, Dick Kraft, Chip Herrington as well as his own Prairie Flower, Joline Patterson. Gabe Valla, Jason Thomas, Lis Williamson and Christian Sun are also among the musical guests. Please visit www.floridastoryteller.com to read more about what Bob's up to these days. "And yet, there's more! We are tickled pink to welcome Jim Carrick and Rachel Carrick of St. Augustine, each releasing solo projects in 2012. Jim Carrick has been a hero of ours for a long time. As a gi-tar picker, singer and songwriter he just can't be beat. Throw in that Southern gentlemanly charm and you've got yourself a moving musical experience. His daughter, Rachel, is breaking new ground and at a young age to boot. Just 15 when she recorded her solo project, she's an accomplished singer, songwriter and guitarist and brings the house down whereever she goes.
We are also proud to present Elaine Mahon who hails from Gainesville, Fla. and is not only a gifted songwriter and singer but a very fine guitar player as well. We are looking forward to celebrating the release of her record, "Rise", on May 11th at the Sandhill Stage, Prairie Creek Lodge, Gainesville, where she will be joined by The Gatorbone Band a host of others. For more information please visit www.elainemahonmusic.com.
Just recently, we have also added Hananel Mavity, a very talented and prolific songwriter from Thomasville, Ga. Her pure voice and well crafted melodies and lyrics are a pleasure to listen to and we look forward to the release of her recording in the fall of 2013.
Hot off the press in 2013, we welcome The Wild Shiners of St. Augustine, Fla. to the deep pool of talented singers and songwriters and players on our growing roster. Their recording is due to make its debut at The Florida Folk Festival on Memorial Day weekend. These guys are sure to please as pickers, singers, songwriters and entertainers.
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Lon and Elisabeth Williamson