Further Away from Here
- Artist: Christie Winn & the Lowdowns
- Format: CD
- Release Date:2/14/2006
'A spare line up; vocals, guitar, bass, drums, here and there a piano, or a melodica. "Further Away From Here", the debut CD from American Christie Winn and her band, The Lowdowns, is a wonderful example of how a very little becomes a whole lot. This sparse musical palette is the collaborative work of the singer and her writing partner/guitarist, Steve Bissinger. While she, with her dark, velvety voice, draws from a wide range of styles, from country to jazz scatting, he can unearth raw, rough tones from his guitar, then envelope the melody in an almost naive, yet tasteful way. And so, from a few sounds, complete musical worlds grow. The Lowdowns offer surprising views of jazz and country, the genres where they mostly frolic. These styles are elegantly fused, but occasionally the hard contrast of bringing these styles together creates a wonderful tension in "Further Away From Here". As songwriters, Winn and Bissinger have a great feeling for the inner connection between lyrics and melody. Gabriel Fehrenbach Suddeutsche Zeitung (The South German Times) February, 2007.