Alice DiMicele

“Alice is a powerful force. Her writing is both sublime and hard hitting, medical while speaking bold truths. Her incredibly strong voice is the perfect tool to deliver those insights. She’s the real deal.” – Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon)

National Release Date: Jan. 26, 2015

Alice DiMicele - Swim 

Nearly 30 years of touring, performing, and recording has found Alice DiMicele sharing her trademark “groove folk” and “acoustic soul” with audiences at venues, festivals, benefits, and intimate house concerts from coast to coast. Along the way she has shared the stage and studio with some of music’s best. For her 13th independent recording “Swim,” DiMicele assembled a bevy of kindred musical contemporaries to create a record that can only be characterized as a family affair. Backed by some of her most beloved community of musicians, DiMicele’s multi-octave voice dives deep and soars high, invoking passionate emotion creating a fresh funky stew all her own as she explores folk, jazz, funk, rock, and soul.

Special guests, friends, and band members on Swim include; Bill Payne (Little Feat), Vince Herman and Andy Thorn (Leftover Salmon), Jeff Pevar (Ray Charles, Rickie Lee Jones), Skip Edwards (Dwight Yoakum), virtuoso violinist Darol Anger, Bonnie Paine and Daniel Rodriguez (Elephant Revival), Keith Greeninger, Mikey Stevens, and many more. Two rhythm sections provide the backbone on the album along with Alice’s trademark driving percussive acoustic guitar: playing on 7 of the 10 tunes are Damian Erskine (bass) and Reinhardt Melz (drums) from Gino Vannelli's band, while Jared May (bass) and Michael Forney (drums) play on the remainder of tracks.

Recorded deep in the heart of DiMicele’s home turf in Oregon’s Siskiyou mountain range, at The Studio at Pacifica in Williams (the old Steve Miller Ranch built in the 1970s), Swim was engineered and mixed by multi-faceted videographer, drummer and Grammy award winning producer/engineer Dennis Dragon (Captain and Tennille, Johnny Rivers, Carole King). Additional editing and recording was furnished by Jeff Pevar, who also plays electric guitar, dobro, and lap steel on the album.

The opening track "Soul Fly Free" with Skip Edward’s hauntingly down tempo breathy Hammond B3, is a perfect backdrop for DiMicele’s gospelesque voice and the tracks anthemic chorus: “Let your soul fly free, don’t be afraid to move slowly. Sometimes the highway is what you need but it’s the back roads that take you where you need to go.”  “Open Road” with it’s western and Americana tinged lilting fiddle and rocking dobro, and “When Jane Rides Scout” with a Texmex horn section, explore the many facets of love; be it love for a partner, a woman for her horse, or in the case of the track “Schoolhouse,” a love song to a wave on the Klamath river. The reworked jazz flavored “If I Could Move The World” from DiMicele's 1994 album "Naked," ponders the challenges in finding and believing in ones own voice, while DiMicele's environmental conviction shines through on "Old Life Back," the story of a Pennsylvania organic farmer who was uprooted because fracking polluted the water and land. The title track “Swim” showcases what a funky powerhouse DiMicele can be when backed by a top-notch horn section and the spiraling keys of a Hammond B3, while the sparsely arranged “Inside” and “This Love” exemplify that DiMicele's voice is a powerful and emotive instrument while exploring the depths of saying goodbye.

The albums closer, the Grateful Dead cover “Ripple,” is one of DiMicele’s favorites and embodies the fellowship that went into “Swim” with it’s all-star community chorus: Bonnie Paine and Daniel Rodriguez from Elephant Revival, Keith Greeninger, Vince Herman, and Inger Jorgenson.

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