Going to the Well

Linda McRae

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Recorded in St. Thomas, ON by producer Deni Gauthier, GOING TO THE WELL is a courageously stripped to the bone recording, the bulk of which features McRae on acoustic guitar, banjo and vocals. Rounding out the recording are Gurf Morlix on guitar/vocals, Bill Kirchen on guitar/vocals, Shara Gustafson on bg's and Deni Gauthier on guitar).

  1. Ashes to Ashes: 3:46 Mid-temp. Who'd a thought? David Bowie on Banjo! 

  2. Long Shadow Trail: 4:09 Mid-tempo. Linda's tale of a lonely little girl.

  3. Dimming of the Day: 4:49 Slow-tempo, shimmering version of Richard Thompson song. 

  4. Double Star: 4:30 Slow-tempo, Linda's story of a couple and the daily challenges they face.

  5. Empty: 4:15 McRae/Kessler Progress, does it always have to be about the money? 
6. Man in the Bottom of the Well: 3:08 Mid-tempo. Bill Kirchen song, scary! 

  6. Caney Fork River: 3:49 - Mid-tempo This fun love song is from Willie P Bennett.

  7. Till the Rivers All Run Dry: 2:43 - Slow-tempo cover of an old Don Williams' gem. 
 9. Heroes: 4:31 - Mid-tempo David Bowie cover. 

  8. Singing River: 3:51 McRae Mid-tempo story about Te-lah-nay's 5-yr walk. 

  9. Bonus Track: The Lucky Ones: 2:39 Mid-tempo Willie P. Bennett song.



Linda’s superb songwriting has been recognized widely. In 2019 she was awarded a residency with Florida’s Escape 2 Create. E2C is dedicated to advancing the work of writers, scholars, composers, filmmakers, visual artists and inter-disciplinary artists. Artists in residence are chosen by a panel of distinguished E2C Fellows based on the strength of their creative work, community service and educational outreach. During this, her second residency with E2C she created a stop-motion animated video for the song "Long Shadow Trail" included in this new release.

Expected release: October 1, 2019

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Shadow Trails

Linda McRae

New Folsom Prison provides the starting point for new Linda McRae album

California’s Folsom State Prison occupies a hallowed place in the history of country music. As the location of several Johnny Cash performances and the subject of his song “Folsom Prison Blues,” it has become a symbol of the “outlaw” element of outlaw country. Now, some 60 years after Cash first put it on the map, the California State Prison complex has had a transformational impact on another country roots musician: Canada’s Linda McRae.

After answering a call to host a song-writing workshop at New Folsom in 2011, McRae and her husband, James Whitmire, were moved to develop song-writing workshops for at-risk youth – to try and prevent them from ending up behind bars in the first place. Her new, Steve Dawson-produced album, Shadow Trails, is inspired by that work.

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Fifty Shades of Red

Linda McRae

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A RETROSPECTIVE OF TIMELESS SONGS

Fifty Shades Of Red brings together 16 great songs taken from Linda’s four critically acclaimed solo albums – Rough Edges & Ragged Hearts, Cryin’ Out Loud, Carve It To The Heart and Flying Jenny.

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Rough Edges and Ragged Hearts

Linda McRae

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Carve It To The Heart

Linda McRae

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Produced by Marc L'Esperance & Linda McRae Black Hen Music

McRae's new album, “Carve it to the Heart”, really is marvelous. Although McRae?s songs are traditional in spirit, they have the occasional contemporary twist, and they retain the beautiful timeless quality that you would get with, for example, the music of Hank Williams, most notably in songs like the soporific/romantic “Before the Hereafter” and the delightful “Living in the Past With You”. As an album, “Carve it to the Heart” is versatile, musically excellent, and above all a bloody good listen. Honestly, you really couldn?t ask for more. Creem Magazine, USA, Jeffrey Morgan -

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Cryin' Out Loud

Linda McRae

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Produced by Gurf Morlix - Black Hen Music

Emmet Matheson, No Depression - The way McRae delivers the hard-knock facts of life smacks more of deliverance from, rather than resignation to, disappointment. Hoot and Holler is as close as alt/country gets to Peggy Lee. McRae's warmly powerful voice is the bedrock of this album.

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Flying Jenny

Linda McRae

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