Ten Cent Poetry from Asheville, NC dropped in one afternoon for a visit. Lead by Chelsea Lynn La Bate and accompanied by Melissa Hyman on Cello . We decided to take a stroll down the street. The light was falling toward the horizon in a beautiful amber and if you watch this session you’ll see the century old magnolia tree leaves sparkle.
Chelsea Lynn La Bate:
“Through her own brand of melodic folk pop and a constant and relentless touring schedule, she has managed to win the hearts and minds of audiences throughout the country. Known for her lush and vivid “song stories,” Ten Cent Poetry paints visual pictures with her words, lyrically exploring human suffering, personal triumphs, courage, solitude and lost love.
Now all the sums of her artistic career have been woven into one eloquent story and an even more grand musical statement. Finally, Ten Cent Poetry is proud to announce the release of her long-awaited debut album, ”Picking Through The Pawn Shop.” Featuring ten new songs that infuse both an emotional intensity and a subtle wisdom not found in most new artists,”Picking Through The Pawn Shop” is sure to make many a top album list in the coming year. Driven by the success of the brand new singles, “Galileo” and “Marco Polo,” the album is scheduled for release in winter of 2011 (February 15th). The album was also produced by veteran artists and producers’ Will Bradford (SeepeopleS, Freepeoples Frequency) and Brooke Binion (Freepeoples Frequency, The Egg UK) and was recorded in Asheville, NC at Boodub Studios. Completing the recording process, the album was mastered by Will Holland (Pixies, Dead Can Dance, Fall Out Boy).
True to its title, ”Picking Through the Pawn Shop” never strays far from the egg-raiding spirit of our musical youths, seamlessly weaving aspects of countless musical genres in her music without ever losing sight of the common thread that binds all the songs on the project. What anchors these bold orchestral excursions throughout “Picking Through the Pawn Shop” are the intensely personal, yet universal lyrics that breathe with a riveting perceptiveness on every single track of the album. The end result is an album that will stand the test of time, and marks Ten Cent Poetry as a new act to watch. In a music market full of flashes in the pan, La Bate’s finely crafted sound is destined for lasting relevance.
Highlights include the two singles mentioned above, as well as the endearing”Twilight of Your Love,” and the poignant and impassioned ”Anticipating Evolution,” and ”Piano Bench.” To add icing to the cake, the album features the fantastic duet “Shallow Breathing,” with Mike Grubbs of Wakey!Wakey! andthe hit television series One Tree Hill. Currently, Chelsea is gearing up for the Ten Cent Poetry “Picking Through The Pawn Shop” CD Release Tour, scheduled to make stops in most major US cities throughout 2011.