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Named one of the Best 5 DIY Albums of 2006 by Performing Songwriter
"(Bean has a) seemingly innate ability to charm a packed house into quietude with infectious tunes about sweet tea and tamales...one of the best folk artists you haven't heard of." -About.com
"Bean's vocals recall Billie Holiday, only with sheer joy replacing all that pain." The Seattle Post Intellegencer Bean was raised in a rodeo family on the plains of Wyoming. Listening to her mother's scratchy Scott Joplin records, at the age of 5, she began to study piano seriously. She kicked around here and there, eventually landing in a big house in Austin, full of jazz musicians, hooligans, exchange students and bike mechanics, from whom she learned to play jazz, fix bicycles, speak Russian and drink hooch - all at the same time.
Pulled by the love of a very special bicycle mechanic, Datri was dragged kicking and screaming from Austin to Seattle. Datri coped by crying as perpetually as the Seattle skies and singing songs about the sunny South. She soon returned to Austin to record her 10-song, all original, debut album, Slow Down Summertime, working with Stanley Smith (Asylum Street Spankers) on clarinet, Rob Jewett (Wayne the Train Hancock) on upright bass, and Scott French on drums. On some particularly sassy tracks, she is joined by Terry Shimazu on an almost gospel Hammond B3 organ, and, on the tearjerker "Not Enough Winter," by pedal steel legend, Kim Deschamps.
Recorded at Wire Recording, Austin, Texas
Engineered by Andre Moran
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