Seasoned Vancouver singer songwriter Norine Braun releases her bluesy roots-rock 12th studio album, “December Falls” just in time for Christmas. December Falls is most certain to appeal to those nostalgic feelings of Christmas’s past. Her original tunes are peppered with heartbreak and longing like the title track December Falls, Mistletoe Blues and Put A Wreath on it Blues. Braun waxes philosophical on her song Solstice helping us live through dark nights of the soul while still remaining hopeful and romantic, then dancing with abandon to the origins of how the Poinsettia became a mainstay in holiday decorations in her song Poinsettia Pearl. Her co-authored song, The Winter After Elvis Died is a campy throwback to the 70s while the killer sax in it conjures up the ghost of Clarence Clemons. The award winning Braun includes the ever loved Blue Christmas and Last Christmas covers, croons on traditional carols Silent Night, O Tannenbaum and I Saw Three Ships the latter features a Caribbean flavoured steel drum sound and Bajan spoken word. Norine’s vision was to create an album so wonderful that people will be playing it long after Christmas.
December Falls has some of Vancouver’s finest musicians on board including: Adam Popowitz returning as producer and playing bass and lead guitar on the album. Elliot Polsky is on percussion and drums, Alice Fraser is on keys and harmony vocals. Huggybear Leonard on blues harp and penny whistle, Toby Peter Bajan spoken word, Brent Mah features on tenor sax and Norine plays rhythm guitar and vocals. Mixed and mastered at Rear Window Song and Sound. Thanks to a songwriting #showcasebc grant from CreativeBC that Norine received in response to the COVID pandemic, Norine authored 4 of her 7 original songs that appear in this new album written while in provincial lock down.
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Through Train Windows was inspired by Norine Braun’s cross Canada Riding the Rails tour as Artist On Board with partner Alice Fraser. Travelling over 6000 kilometres from Vancouver to Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City, Montreal and Halifax, Norine absorbed the ever changing vast and beautiful panoramas from the Rocky Mountains to endless prairie sunsets, boreal forests and the Atlantic ocean. With no wifi and time to reflect on nature and the paradoxes of life, Norine met and communed with the diversity of fellow sojourners from all over Canada and around the world. Following the tour, as a Musician in Residence at Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, Norine wrote most of these compelling songs in her studio facing Sleeping Buffalo Mountain. So climb aboard, sit back and close your eyes let the rhythm of the train soothe and inspire while conjuring up feelings of nostalgia and dreams.
The multi talented and Juno nominated Adam Popowitz produced this album and also plays bass and lead guitar on the recordings. Adam produced Gone To The Spirits the album behind Norine's nomination for a Western Canadian Music Awards. Drummer Elliot Polsky returns as master percussionist, bluesmeister Huggybear Leonard on blues harp, Queen of the Trills Alice Fraser on elegant keys and saxophonist extraordinare Steve Hilliam who plays with such greats as Colin James and the R&B Allstars graces the album on 4 songs.