Trespass Music is thrilled to congratulate Linda McRae! Her current album Rough Edges & Ragged Hearts is ONE FULL YEAR IN ROTATION on the Roots Music Report Charts today and 63 weeks in total since it’s Canadian release in May of 2012 and global release by Trespass Music in November 2012!! From all of us at Trespass Music we wish you many more accolades to come Linda! Thankyou to all of the DJ’s worldwide who have spun Rough Edges & Ragged Hearts, hosted Linda on your shows, and given such glowing reviews, making the album a tremendous success. !
Roots Music Report critic Duane Verh was definitely onto something as he delivered a 5 star review of Linda McRae’s current album Rough Edges & Ragged Hearts raving, “Track after track, her stories are stand-alone gems. A quietly masterful effort.” Standing now at one full year on the Roots Music Report Charts, it seems it was a phophecy in the making. And if fortunes are told by critics in the music business Mike Sadava of Penguin Eggs may also have been onto something as he quipped “I predict that 25 years from now the folksingers of the day will still be borrowing songs from this disc.”
Rough Edges and Ragged Hearts CD “Rough Edges & Ragged Hearts” continues its hold on the RMR. The album has consistently found its perch many of those weeks, nestled in the TOP 10 and TOP 20. This week the album comes in at #15 for Top 50 Roots Country and #14 for the state of TN.
Trespass Music released “Rough Edges & Ragged Hearts” worldwide in November to Folk DJ, with the album debuting at #14. The album was released Mother’s Day, 2012 in her native homeland of Canada, shooting to #1 on CKUA, and named Folk DJ Allison Brock’s Pick Of The Week. Brock calls McRae “one of the most pure, soulful, honest and distinctive voices in Roots music, period!” In the first month of it’s Canadian release the Canadian Folk DJ-L Airplay charts saw the album at #4 in the Folk DJ’s list of Top Canadian Albums, #1 & 2 Top Canadian Songs for Rough Edges & Ragged Hearts and Be Your Own Light and #8 in Top Canadian Artists. It also hit #16 on the Freeform American Roots (FAR)Chart and named Pick of the Week at the Vancouver Province.Rough Edges & Ragged Hearts, McRae’s highly anticipated fourth solo release, doesn’t describe the gold and platinum polish enhancing a musical career spanning 25 years. Produced by Marc L’Esperance her new recording features performances by Marc, Gurf Morlix, Doug Cox, Ray Bonneville, Stephen Nikleva, Samantha Parton (The Be Good Tanyas), and The Sojourners. The album gained national recognition with industry peers, when the Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA) nominated the album as “Contemporary Album of the Year”, confirming Linda’s maturing distinction as a quality songwriter and recording artist.
Performing on clawhammer banjo, acoustic guitar, accordion and porchboard stompbox, Linda combines old-time sounds with universal themes of heartbreak & redemption offering an intriguing sepia postcard from the past that is vibrant and alive in the present. Recordings and performances with musical luminaries include Bruce Cockburn, Neko Case, Alejandro Escovedo, Gurf Morlix, and Ray Waylie Hubbard.
Linda earned a Juno nomination and double Platinum, triple Gold recording status as bassist and accordionist with Celtic/Roots group Spirit of the West. Departing the band after eight years she resumed her solo career consecutively producing three critically acclaimed recordings: Flying Jenny, producer Colin Linden (Bruce Cockburn, Emmy Lou Harris), Cryin’ Out Loud, producer Gurf Morlix (Lucinda Williams, Mary Gauthier) and Carve It To The Heart producers Marc L’Esperance (Po’ Girl, Headwater).
2012 marked Linda’s 25th anniversary as a Canadian recording artist, and the launch of her new record label 42RPM. The CFMA nomination, glowing industry reviews, and consistent airplay make the success of 42RPM’s first release all that much more signicant.
Linda McRae’s accolades for “Rough Edges & Ragged Hearts” include 2012 Top 10 Lists, Allison Brock – CKUA; Allison Brown – CJAM, Jim Marino – CFMU, John Prentice – UMFM; Brenda Tacik – CJTR; David Newland – Roots Music Canada, Mike Sadava – Freelance Journalist, Outlaw Magazine, Edmonton (Penguin Eggs Review) Honourable Mentions 2012 Penguin Eggs and the 29th Annual Mid-AtlanticSong Contest. The album has earned stellar reviews all over the globe including No Depression contributor John Apice who equates Rough Edges & Ragged Hearts to a delicacy; “It just tastes that good and you wish there was more – and you know these songs aren’t fattening. They are satisfying. Maybe that’s the sum of the review – this music is satisfying.”
Along with a busy tour schedule, Linda and husband James, facilitate workshops for at-risk youth with a workshop series they’ve developed called Express Yourself ~ Self Expression Workshops for Youth (and Adults). Express Yourself mission statement is “to transform the lives of people we work with by giving those whose voices have been disregarded a place to be heard. We hope to show through our field-tested exercises that it doesn’t matter what a person’s ethnic, educational or economic background is. THEIR VOICES MATTER.”