Nancy K. Dillon
Location: AMERICA NORTH: USA: Washington (WA)
Genre: AAA - Roots - Americana - Folk
Influences: Lucinda Williams, Kevin Welch, Eliza Gilkyson, Neil Young, Nanci Griffith
NANCY K. DILLON ~ A GAME OF SWANS
“With a voice somewhere between Nanci Griffith, Judy Collins and the young Lucinda Williams, innocence and experience loom large.”
“...a shrewd and compassionate storyteller with an ear for melodies that are quick to please the ear and slow to leave the memory.”
"Austere simplicity....warmly recommended."
UK / EUROPEAN Release: December 2018
USA Release: January 2018
Available on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby and more
A GAME OF SWANS - Track listing (Song Notes below)
1 Dutchman's Gold (Nancy K Dillon)
2 St. Jude (Drew Nelson / Janni Littlepage)
3 Annabelle (Nancy K Dillon / John Hadley)
4 A Game of Swans (Nancy K Dillon / Ian Lang)
5 Fire In The Hole (Pat Long)
6 1 - 2 - 3 (Nancy K Dillon)
7 Ice and Bone (Nancy K Dillon)
8 White Dove (Nancy K Dillon)
9 Write Me A Letter (Nancy K Dillon)
10 Turn The Lights Down Low (Nancy K Dillon)
11 Poor Man's Lullaby (Nancy K Dillon / Gavin Sutherland)
12 White Dove Reprise (Instrumental) (Nancy K Dillon)
Nancy K. Dillon is an award-winning American songwriter/performer possessing an extraordinarily warm and expressive voice, unique in its ability to reveal both strength and vulnerability. With a finely focused musical ear, Dillon mines a vein of avant garde Americana in her compelling tales of mythopoetic darkness and light melding past and future. She has released three solo studio albums and a 6-song EP (Live at The Royal Room). A Christmas single "In the Bleak Midwinter" was released on Rose Rock Records December 2017. Her third full-length studio album, "A Game of Swans," was released in the USA January 2018. UK/European release date is December 25, 2018.
1 Dutchman’s Gold (NKD) A song about greed, death & Jacob Waltz’ secret gold mine in the 1860s Superstition Mountains. I found the clues he left by searching the internet and put them into the chorus. Legend has it that the Mountains are cursed because of the gold.
2 St Jude (Drew Nelson/Janni Littlepage) Immigration from the Old Country & romance during Civil War time. St Jude is patron saint of seemingly lost causes, miracles & 11th Hour salvation.
3 Annabelle (Nancy K Dillon/John Hadley) Woman left all alone in 1800s pioneer cabin goes slowly mad. Inspired by a visit to Don Evan’s homestead outside of Nashville, Tennessee.
4 Game of Swans (Nancy K Dillon/Ian Lang) Celtic-tinged title song co-written with UK singer- songwriter, Ian Lang . The title is an old English collective name for two swans. Poetic wintery imagery weaves themes of time & change with sounds of Antarctic icebergs calving at the end.
5 Fire In The Hole (Pat Long) Oklahoma-born friend & songwriter, Pat Long wrote this true-story mining disaster song set in the mountains of Tennessee. The first song ever emailed to me !
6 1-2-3 (NKD) A tale about simplicity, guns, setting aside the past & the power of love to heal - inspired by the movie “Crash..”
7 Ice & Bone (NKD) The slow-motion collapse of a relationship pretty much speaks for itself.
8 White Dove (NKD) Old-timey secular gospel song about freedom & redemption. How I love Appalachian old-time music ! Sung to a crooked tune, it’s reprised as a fiddle tune on Track 12.
9 Write Me A Letter (NKD) Peppy/poppy number about the demise of setting pen to paper for purposes of professions or confessions of the heart. Contains mild double-entendre’s.
10 Turn The Lights Down Low (NKD) Night-ending slow dance to a sad but hopeful love song.
11 Poor Mans Lullaby (NKD/Gavin Sutherland) Seattle/Aberdeen, Scotland collaboration that started with a waltz & ended up an Everly Brothers-style duet about a hobo walking in the rain.
12 White Dove Reprise (Instrumental (NKD) Stacy Phillips and Michael Connolly turne this song into a beautiful old-timey sounding fiddle tune.
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