Trying To Be Me CD (2008)

Artist: Laura Bryna

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Strong voiced, modern Nashville country

by on 1/24/2008

Bryna's a formally trained singer (and dancer and actress) whose first musical love is country. After college and roles in stage musicals, she headed off to Nashville to continue her education and edge into the music industry. Signed to Equity (alongside Clint Black, Kevin Fowler and others) she's issued a debut single ("Make a Wish," dedicated to the same-named foundation for which she's volunteered since childhood) and now her debut album. She's also become something of a fashionista, having struck up a relationship with designer Roberto Cavalli. Musically, Bryna sits in the center of modern country with some light electric twang and personable lyrics (crafted by Nashville songsmiths) of self-discovery, battered women, love, eloping and heartbreak. The kiss-off "Set it on Fire" sounds a bit like the sass of Martina McBride (though she pronounces "fire" in two distinct syllables like Pat Benetar and Jim Morrison), and the diary of a hotel room "Room 228" cleverly catalogs the highs and lows of those who've passed between its sheets. Even better is the Wynonna-styled blues of "Same Dog," the single woman's "No Man's Land," and Keith Urban's ode to broadcast's unique listener connection, "According to the Radio." The album has a good balance of ballads and upbeat songs, and though Bryna occasionally sounds a bit over-trained as a country singer, it's the music she clearly loves, and those who enjoy Nashville's modern sounds will find much to like here. [©2008 redtunictroll at hotmail dot com] Read More

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Product Overview


Label Tempe Video
SKU 206678903
UPC 880966110018
UPC 14 00880966110018
Format CD
Release Date 1/22/2008
Author Laura Bryna
Technical Info
Engineer Lowell Reynolds; Jason Lehning; Eric Tonkin; Casey R. Wood
Producer Kyle Lehning; Roger Sarchet
CatalogID EMG-3013
Lable Name Equity Music Group
Released 01/22/2008
Original Release 2008
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 43m : 57s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00880966110018
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Ilya Toshinsky (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, mandolin); Mike Noble (acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar); Billy Panda (acoustic guitar, mandolin); Kerry Marx, Steve Gibson , Michael Severs (acoustic guitar); Jeff King , Brent Mason , Bryan Austin (electric guitar); Sonny Garrish (steel guitar, dobro); Mike Johnson (steel guitar); Zach Runquist (mandolin, violin, cello); Larry Franklin, Andrea Zonn (fiddle); Larry Hall (strings); Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson (harmonica); Catherin Styron-Marx, John Hobbs, Michael Rojas, Bob Patin (piano, Hammond b-3 organ); Tony Harrell (keyboards); David Hungate (bass instrument); Alison Prestwood, Michael Rhodes (bass guitar); Paul Leim (drums, percussion); Greg Morrow, Eddie Bayers (drums); Chris Rodriguez, Thomas Flora, Becca Bramlet, Eric Tonkin, Gale West, Kim Parent, Lisa Cochran, Angela Primm, Wes Hightower, Russell Terrell, Perry Coleman, Tania Hancheroff (background vocals).
Disc 1
1 Life Is Good
2 Maybe She Fell
3 Set It On Fire
4 Room 228
5 Same Dog
6 Make a Wish
7 Out the Window
8 640 Battlefield Dr.
9 According To the Radio
10 She Can't Save Him
11 No Man's Land
12 Smoke From a Bridge You Burned
13 Hidden Track
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