Jad Fair and Norman Blake, with Boister


Released by Joyful Noise. Available May 2015.

Your Wound Is Your Crown


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     ” Refreshingly radical.”                    

            -Bret McCabe, Baltimore City Paper

 Produced by J. Robbins



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Some Moths Drink The Tears Of Elephants (2008)

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“Haunting….Like Dylan with estrogen.”

-John Barth

Produced by Jim Dickinson

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Sister City (2006)

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As featured on NPR’s Morning Edition

Produced by Lawrence Bertoldi

“Back in June, during Toronto’s North-by-Northeast music festival, I had the pleasure of witnessing a brief set by a very fascinating musical act out of Maryland known as Boister. Fronted by the accordion-wielding Anne Watts and consisting of several other eccentric and talented musicians, the band impressed me with its style, eclecticism and a French Led Zeppelin cover.

Boister’s new album, Sister City , captures so much of what I enjoyed about that evening: great vocals, unique instrumentation, and a gamut of styles that seem endless.”

-Being There Magazine, Toronto

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Les Foules en Amour (2004)

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Produced by Lawrence Bertoldi

“How often do you hear Jimmy Page solos performed by horns? The entire album is done in French – couldn’t understand a word, but these beautifully performed covers invoke the emotion and depth of the authors. Anne Watts’ voice is soulful and sexy. I haven’t seen the disc since about the 2nd day I had it. It’s been passed from friend to friend. Rock on.”

-Customer Review, CD Baby

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Pieces of Milk (2003)

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Top ten list of 2003, Vibrations Magazine, Switzerland

Produced by Jim Dickinson

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Song of the Smoke (1999)

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Featuring Jad Fair

Produced by Topher Sisson

“An urgent discovery.”

-Accordeon Magazine, France

Boister (1997)

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“Album of the decade.” Jade Magazine, France

Produced by Topher Sisson

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Various Artists: Next – Jacques Brel Tribute (2004)Next - Jacques Brel Tribute - Album Art

The French label Barclay Records, with which singer/songwriter Jacques Brel was associated for most of the 1960s and ’70s, released a compilation of recordings of his songs in March 2004 that differs significantly from the U.S. edition. The French version of Next Brel has 15 tracks to the American 12, but that doesn’t mean simply that three tracks have been deleted. In fact, there are six tracks on the French album not found on the American one: “If We Only Have Love,” by Dionne Warwick; “Amsterdam,” by Anne Watts; “If You Go Away,” by Emiliana Torrini; “Next,” by Gavin Friday & the Man Seezer; “The Desperate Ones,” by Nina Simone; and “Seasons in the Sun,” by Terry Jacks (a number one hit in the U.S.). Brel’s songs are very dramatic, and the performers make the most of that drama, whether using the relatively sentimental English-language adaptations of Rod McKuen or the closer ones by Mort Shuman created for the musical revue Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (the original off-Broadway cast album of which remains the definitive Brel compilation in English). Annotator Thelma Blitz correctly identifies American expatriate Walker, who has three tracks, as “England’s greatest popularizer of Brel’s material,” but Simone (another American expatriate), Springfield, and David Bowie are no slouches, either, and there are some interesting later interpreters, such as the Divine Comedy and Marc Almond, making this is a representative sampling of the (mostly) English-speaking singers who have performed Brel from the 1960s to the early 21st century. ~ William Ruhlmann

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