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Myth of the Heart

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Located 28 miles southwest of Austin, Wimberley, TX, boasts natural springs and gravesites of early pioneers.
It's also been the hometown to Sahara Smith a stunning, young singer-songwriter who started performing at age 12, and first garnered national attention at age 15 when she
placed second in a contest for young songwriters on A Prairie Home Companion.
Now 21, Sahara is poised for a breakout with Myth of the
Heart, the just-completed album of original songs shepherded by T Bone Burnett and producer Emile
Kelman due August 31. The album features many of Burnett's first-call session players, including drummer
Jay Bellerose, guitarist Marc Ribot, and bassist Dennis Crouch.

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Sahara is the best new artist I ve heard in years. The world needs more
great artists. --T-Bone Burnett

(Sahara's)smoky voice, bluesy folk sound and lifetime love of
Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits have finally been captured on her
debut album. --Paste

The striking, lanky redhead exudes confidence and grace before
she even opens her mouth, but the real allure comes from her
vocals…a mixture of the soulful folk melodies of
Jewel with the soothing vocals of Norah Jones. raspy yet smooth, (with) lyrics that are drawn from her own life experiences --Seventeen

(Sahara's)smoky voice, bluesy folk sound and lifetime love of
Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits have finally been captured on her
debut album. --Paste

The striking, lanky redhead exudes confidence and grace before
she even opens her mouth, but the real allure comes from her
vocals…a mixture of the soulful folk melodies of
Jewel with the soothing vocals of Norah Jones. raspy yet smooth, (with) lyrics that are drawn from her own life experiences --Seventeen
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 31, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: August 31, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Playing In Traffic Records
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • ASIN: B003UIRBCO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,954 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Out of the zillion or so albums that will flood cyberspace and points beyond, here is a first album that deserves as much acclaim as it can get. Buy it, play it, love it and marvel at how great your stereo suddenly sounds. One listen was all I needed to be convinced that Sahara Smith has given us a treasure. Please buy this album and thank me later.
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I am not the kind of person who enjoys a new artist songs that make no sense or can't make out what they are saying. All they do is make noice, Sahara is not one of them.

As soon as I heard the first song from Sahara's debut CD I fell into a trance through every song until the end. She captivates the essence of less is more in these songs. Great mixture of years past and the now in her lyrics and voice. I definitely will talk to everyone about this up and coming artist and her accomplishment in her CD.

Wishing her luck and fame in her future for she definitely has it.
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Sahara is a wonderful emerging artist, singer/songwriter with a wonderful spirit and soulfulness. Her first album, although she has been performing for a few years. Just received the CD, enjoying very much. Just beautiful, highly recommended.
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This artist has written a record full of delightful songs, that have given me a lot of enjoyment on repeated listening. She has a wonderful, expressive and supple voice. Though it's not necessarily obvious that she is a Texan, I enjoy hearing a bit of the inflection from that wonderful state when it seems to appear in her voice from time to time.
Though she is a young and emerging artist, this recording carries a fair bit of musical heft for a first CD. I don't think it's useful or accurate to define her talent into a single genre of music, but her influences seem to include country, folk, jazz and rock.
This recording has a good balance between her youthful vocal gifts, songwriting ability, substantial lyric quality and ability to write for an age group including well above her own that make this an enjoyable listen all around.
All this and the nerve to record the song "twilight red" at that audacious tempo and have it work 100%.
I had initially heard her perform a pre-recorded live show on the radio, in November 2010, on the World Cafe show on my local NPR station. The show is hosted by host David Dye, out of Philadelphia radio station WXPN. Check it out, a good source of new music.
The show was so well done that I stopped what I was doing just to stare at the loudspeaker in wonder at the talent that was coming forth. A rare experience.
I was reluctant to buy the CD after this performance as I was concerned that her talent would be sidelined on the recording, as I have experienced in the past with other artists, but was relieved that the artist I heard on the radio comes through on the recording.
Here's hoping that this person can bring forth many more songs and recordings like this.
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This is an incredible debut album. I don't believe it to be mere coincidence that the cover art on this CD is eerily similar to Emmylou Harris's major label debut 'Pieces of The Sky' thirtysome years ago. There is the same sparse beauty and pure soaring vocals that I have not heard since then. Perhaps this is more impressive in that Sahara is so very young and wrote all of the songs, all true gems.
If you are a fan of Emmylou, or Karin Berquist (Over The Rhine)or perhaps even some of the great Texas songwriters; Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark etc.. you will love this CD. It has the vocal beauty of the former and the oh so lonesome Texas feel of the latter.
Simply perfect, it reasonates with me like so few have. I cannot emphasize enough how truly spectacular this CD is. Spend the few dollars and find a rare treasure.
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Sahara Smith's first CD is one of the best singer/songwriter CDs to emerge from Texas in 2010. It is so good that I purchased several to give to friends. I especially recommend the following tracks - The Real Thing, Thousand Secrets, All I Need, and Twilight Red. Give them a listen!
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I heard Sahara Smith on the radio and immediately ran home to google this girl with the golden voice. I'm normally very picky about my singers, but lordy! What a talent! Her range is just amazing and her lyrics are stunning. I bought this cd and have had it on repeat for the last several days. It's one of the rare albums where every song is a winner. I've got my favorites (1000 secrets, Midnight Plane, Mermaid) but the entire album is a pleasure to listen to. I don't understand why someone like Taylor Swift, who can't carry a tune to save her life, shoots to fame and fortune while real artists like Sahara Smith languish in relative obscurity. At any rate, this album is now in my top 10 favorites. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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I bought this album after hearing "Tin Man Town" on the local FM alternative station. It really impressed me, and the album is quite good. One complaint: whoever mixed the album put this really annoying 20 HZ or so bass drum in nearly every song, I guess to give a little "oomph" to car stereos and the like (which usually don't go that low). It sounds awful on my home system (with Velodyne 18 inch servo woofer) - very unnatural.

I don't if this was T-bone's idea or what, but it really messed up the sound. I will listen only in my car from here on out.
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