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Melissa Ferrick has a great deal to show for two decades in the music industry. There is the expansive body of work, mapped out over the sixteen albums that comprise her career to date, nearly all of which she distributed herself. There are the stories of the crisscrossed world and the things she has both gained and lost in her wake. There is the fervent fan-base that has grown with Ferrick, which has waited patiently for her latest opus for the preceding three years. Above all there is the sound, a voice burnished by breakdowns and breakthroughs, refined over the twenty years she has been doing this.
And now, there is Still Right Here, the sum of these hard-earned parts set to music, Ferrick’s gorgeous purpose unspooling over the ten tracks that comprise the album.
Album namesake “Still Right Here” serves as the record’s mission statement, inspired by a friend who walked away from a terrible car accident. “That song is really important to me, because no matter how hard you try to run away from your stuff, it doesn’t matter. It’s always going to knock on the door for you to deal with.” “Weightless And Slow” showcases two of Ferrick’s strengths; the incredible guitar work that she’s known for which perfectly complements her soulful vocals as she spins a tale of love and hope.
Another of Ferrick’s strengths lies in her ability to mine the contents of her life and set them to music – “You Let Me Be” is lo-fi balladry at its best, going deep into the romantic territory of Ferrick’s life with guest vocals from friend and tour mate Ani DiFranco. The song also speaks to Ferrick’s own career longevity, and the catalog, fans and songs that she has to show for it. “I’m glad I’ve gotten as far as I have. I’m glad I’ve survived the industry and its changes, that I can still make a living playing shows and making records. And whenever I start to think maybe I shouldn’t do this, I try to remember that it’s no accident that I’ve written 150 songs, and people are still coming to shows,” says Ferrick. “I’ll just keep doing this until I’m not doing it anymore.”
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