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MP3 Julie Loyd - Dandelions & Party Queens

The exciting new project from this award-winning performer. What happens when a folk-rocker turns to the banjo? Something sweet, sultry, haunting and optimistic.

12 MP3 Songs in this album (47:09) !
Related styles: FOLK: Folk Pop, FOLK: Appalachian Folk

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Originally a child of musical theater, Julie Loyd''s music comes across best on stage. Though she''s left behind the Broadway vibrato, she uses her movement experience to step inside her songs, contorting, kicking, and undulating to the beat of her own percussive guitar and banjo playing. Whether it''s on a guitar or banjo, one can tell her performance experience is considerable.

She started touring professionally at 19, and has released four albums and a live DVD--playing all around the country, sharing stages with such performers as Shawn Mullins, Michelle Malone, Kaki King, G-love & Special Sauce, Hammel on Trial, and Alana Davis, at premiere listening rooms around the country (Bitter End in NYC, Club Passim in Boston, Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA, Schuba''s in Chicago, Tin Angel in Philadelphia, etc.). She has a knack for making folk dynamic: "I''m tired of folk being seen as boring. Just because I''m playing an acoustic guitar or a banjo doesn''t mean I''m going to be singing about the mountains and if I am, I''m singing loud."

Born and raised alongside the Blue Ridge Mountains in Charlottesville, Virginia, Julie has been struggling with her southern roots and her Yankee mentality since she was a kid. Having lived and toured out of New York City, Northampton, MA, Asheville, NC, and Chicago, IL, she''s recently taken up residence in the folk capital of the country--Boston, MA. She tours the eastern half of the US regularly, and tries to tour to the Western US a few times a year as well.

Her fifth and newest album, Dandelions & Party Queens (Release Date: 10/2008) features both her guitar & banjo playing, alongside such players as Julie Wolf (Indigo Girls, Dar Williams, Ani DiFranco) and Keith Lowe (Fiona Apple, Laura Veirs, Dave Matthews). Produced by Evan Brubaker of Cake Records, this new album is a joyful acoustic romp showcasing Julie''s maturing vocals and songwriting.

Julie Loyd: vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo

2008- Dandelions & Party Queens
2007- Being Home DVD: making of the live album
2007- Girl Parts Benefit EP
2006- All That You Ask For (live)
2005- Waiting Room (playing on 160+ stations nationwide)
2001- Fate Says He''s Sorry
2000- Self Portrait #94

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