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Why the Desert (MP3 album)

This is very guitar and vocal oriented acoustic rock music with soulful, bluesy twists and purposeful lyrical content.

10 MP3 Songs in this album (37:09) !
Related styles: ROCK: Acoustic, ROCK: Classic Rock

People who are interested in Sheryl Crow Melissa Etheridge Mary Chapin Carpenter should consider this download.

Continental Drift
By Larry Flick
November 17, 2001

Billboard Magazine

"ACOUSTIC GROOVES: It''s not easy for an acoustic-minded singer/songwriter to rise above the seemingly endless mass of troubadours out there, plying their wares. After all, how many ways are there to tell tales of love-gone-wrong and other various life quandaries? Somehow, though, Inda Eaton has developed a few intriguing twists on the self-made disc Why the Desert.

What she does mostly is shoot straight from the hip; writing and performing in a manner that leaves listeners feeling like they encountered a real person with a tangible point of view.

It also doesn''t hurt that Eaton has an apparent talent for crafting sticky hooks and melodies that help bring her words to vivid life. Working with a band that includes Jeffrey Smith (drums), Chris Kringel (bass), and Brad Brown (guitar), she offers songs that are equally accessible to triple-A and rock radio airwaves as they are to coffeehouse crowds. Such cuts as "Ready" and "Walkin'' on Air" fondly recall Melissa Etheridge and Jewel, without the histrionics or poetic affectations. Wisely, Eaton keeps things lean, injecting personality into her material without overpowering it with unnecessary bravado. In short, you can relate to the artist, but you can embrace the songs as your own, too.

Eaton, a native of Southern California and Arizona, discovered music at an early age. She picked up the guitar at the age of 9 and never put it down. By the time she was a young adult, she was playing everywhere she could: town squares, coffeehouses, and on college campus staircases.

After college, the artist moved to Germany to bartend for the armed forces and backpack through various parts of the world for four years, writing songs with every passing customer and adventure. During the the mid-''90s, Eaton''s adventure turned into a near-fatal experience after she contracted a deadly strain of malaria while trekking through Africa. She accepted the tender loving care of family in Casper, Wyo., where she met several people with vested interests in local music.

"They were a godsend to me," Eaton recalls. "They took incredibly good care of me."

From her work hours at a bike shop and a trip to the pawn shop with her few worldly possessions, Eaton was able to bankroll her first demo recording, Songs About Butter (1995). At the advice of friends, she sought out local bluesman Spencer Bohren. There began a relationship that produced Eaton''s debut, Thin Fine Line (1995), and the follow-up disc, Never Too Late to Fly (1998), which features the Subdudes and the Radiators. During this time, Eaton created Skin to the Wind Productions and also produced a self-composed piano CD, Seasons (1997). She managed to put together several tours of the U.S. and Europe in support of the sets.

Never Too Late to Fly prompted an international health product company to sponsor two full European tours, benefiting the U.S. military communities and their hosts. The set also found a home on college radio with the songs "Hey Lie" and "Stuck in Zanzibar."

The momentum has given Eaton high hopes for Why the Desert, which has been getting college radio play for the tracks "Tugboat Hustler" and "Cool Is My Head." The set also features a solid rendition of John Prine''s "All the Best."

Currently, Eaton is playing showcases around the country, tweaking the deserved interest of major labels. We''re expecting big things of this appealing artist.

For further information, call Jeffrey Ufberg at Fan Fare Entertainment, at 908-608-9448."

"On the Verge: Eight Artists You Should Know About"
February 2002
RELIX Magazine

"Phoenix, AZ: Inda Eaton is a singer/songwriter in a contemporary folk-rock vein. Her songs have spiritual and socially conscious undertones, while her band offers sterling backing that lifts the songs a notch or two beyond the usual "folkie" genre. Although vocally dissimilar, Eaton recalls the feel of Mary Chapin Carpenter. She''s an articulate writer with a keen sense of melody as her latest album, Why the Desert, amply demonstrates. To date, she has released four albums, but Why the Desert is the first that has crossed this set of ears. She has been touring recently, including an appearance in New York. https://www.tradebit.com." -Mick Skidmore

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