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Paper Hearts

Katy Boyd

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Here you can hear echoes of such road-seasoned female troubadours as Rosalie Sorrels, Kate Wolf, and Nanci Griffiths. The connection is made stronger by the presence of longtime Griffiths guitarist Thomm Jutz as producer. But beyond such reference points, Katy Boyd stands out for the gritty honesty she brings to her songwriting. Her tunes avoid easy answers and don’t flinch at uncomfortable truths. Her smoky alto vocals have a weathered yet resilient quality, matching the themes of heartache and regret running through her lyrics. Tracks like “Jigs & Reels & Ferris Wheels,” “Time Machine," and “Mama” are true-to-life looks at romantic betrayal and family dysfunction, set to sturdy alt-country tunes more rooted in California hippie folkdom than modern-day Nashville. Though her outlook is often rueful, Boyd has fun satirizing narrow-minded stereotypes (“Happy Single Mother’s Day”) and her own hard luck (“I’m Not Depressed”). “Circus Folk” is a rollicking Latin-inflected number, while a cover of Steve Winwood’s “Can’t Find My Way Home” lets her emote with Bonnie Raitt–like bluesiness.

Customer Reviews

Great Music!

Loved single mothers day, the whole album made my day!

Thoughtful and refreshing!

Thoughtful as well as amusing lyrics, great arangements, and a style that's most independent and real. All of the songs are great!


KATY BOYD/Paper Hearts:

There’s something about living what you write that adds the blood and humanity to the work and Boyd is one of those singer/songwriters that walks it like she talks it.  Coming back to music after a while away and finding herself in the midst of a bunch of Nanci Griffith hands, Boyd is one of those golden low key fires that burns like the original Chanukah candles.  Practically a distaff Billy Joe Shaver, this is some of the meatiest songwriting this side of Townes Van Zandt.  If you love the genre, be sure to check this out, it’s a winner throughout.
– Chris Spector

  
MIDWEST RECORD – CHICAGO, IL – JANUARY 31, 2012

Paper Hearts, Katy Boyd
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