A Golden Hue

Ellen O'Meara

A collection of dreamy folk tunes with a splash of pedal steel and country.

A Golden Hue came to life at Rattle Trap Audio in Austin, Texas with singer-songwriter Ellen O'Meara and multi-instrumentalist, producer Brian Douglas Phillips. The EP is a collection of dreamy, folksy tunes about some of life’s simplest truths. The velvet-voiced songstress writes with prominent undertones of idealism and nostalgia, reminiscent of a time when things were as they should be.

"I think most of us were braver as children…free to dream wildly, speak honestly, be misunderstood, feel emotions deeply, and take in the world with wide open ears and big, bright eyes. I strive to do all of those things in my grown-up life, but I have found that my pride, fear, and disbelief often get in the way. My hope is that we would hang on to that innocence and carry it with us, that we may experience life more fully. I do not see the world through rose-colored glasses. I know we live in a broken world with much heartache and mayhem, but I have a faith in goodness that I cannot shake".

All songs written by Ellen O’Meara Produced and engineered by Brian Douglas Phillips at Rattle Trap Audio in Austin, TX Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering in Boston, MA Assistant mastering engineer - Maria Rice

Ellen O’Meara - guitar, vocals Brian Douglas Phillips - guitar, pedal steel, bass, organ, background vocals Fred Mandujano - percussion, drums Oscar Interiano - keys Lamar Stockton - upright bass Jaimee Harris - background vocals

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Take Me to the Desert

Ellen O'Meara

This folk/americana record is captivating with its haunting melodies and honesty. It explores themes of life, sorrow, loneliness, wanderlust, and unrefined faith.

Ellen O'Meara is an emerging singer/songwriter from Austin, Texas. In 2011, she picked up a guitar for the first time and started to write. "I felt compelled to create," she says. "I knew there was something meaningful brewing in my head and I needed to write it down. I felt an overwhelming inspiration to tell stories in my own way...I started by taking what I love about raw folk music, simple narratives with structure and purpose, and combining that with what inspires me about poetry, metaphor, and symbolism," she continues. At year's end, Ellen had written a handful of notable songs and dove head first into the recording process. Take Me to the Desert (May 2013 release) includes several of her earliest songs.

The album was produced, recorded and mixed by Darwin Smith. The recording features Ellen's elegant songwriting framed by a selection of Austin's finest musicians. Her music is simple but emotionally articulate and is complemented nicely by the album’s lush arrangements. Her music has evoked comparisons to such greats as Gillian Welch, Townes Van Zandt, and Leonard Cohen, whose “Sisters of Mercy” she covers on the record.

"Several years ago, my brother introduced me to Townes and I fell in love with his songs. His music led me to Guy Clark, Emmylou Harris, Woody Guthrie and many other pioneers who have inspired me," reflects O'Meara. "I'm fascinated with the paradox that a person's life can be full of pain and sorrow, and all the while full of hope and light. I've seen this in myself and I write about it all the time."

Musicians featured on Take Me to the Desert include: Ellen O' Meara (guitar, keys, lead & background vocals, banjo, organ, wurlitzer electric piano, banjo, percussion), Darwin Smith (moog snyth, wurlizter electric piano, background vocals, guitar, baritone guitar, dobro, organ, clave), Kullen Fuchs (melodica, vibraphone, trumpet, horns), Roy Coon (clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone, flute), Dony Wynn (drums, percussion) Tony Rogers (cello), Nick Arbuckle (upright bass), Kim Deschamps (pedal steel) and Katy Gurley (background vocals).

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Sep13

Swapping songs with my brother, Kenneth

Magnolia Motor Lounge, 3005 Morton St, Fort Worth, Texas

I'll be joining my sweet brother, Kenneth O'Meara, in Fort Worth for some song swapping! I love playing with this guy. He was one of the very first people in my life to encourage me to write songs. He is a fantastic writer himself and an all-around great guy. My brother's buddy, Jacob Furr, will also be playing! Man o man, does he make some beautiful music. Check it out here... http://www.jacobfurrmusic.com

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