Water, Ashes & Wood

by Val Blaha

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Sunflowers 03:11
Now I Know 03:53
August 04:58
Edge of Love 04:59
Time to Go 04:26
Walk Away 03:38
In Your Eyes 04:09


released January 5, 2015

Produced by Val Blaha
Mixing and sound engineering by Brandon Jiaconia
Principal vocal tracks producer and preproduction coach: Vicki Ambinder
Recorded at New North Sound, Portland, OR
Mastered by Dana White at Specialized Mastering, Tigard, OR

principal musicians:
Val Blaha: vocals, piano
Tim Ellis: rhythm guitar & lead guitar
Joe Aloia: electric bass, stand-up bass
Theresa Riccardi: drums

additional musicians:
Tim Connell - mandolin on Water, Ashes and Wood, Time to Go, Now I Know, Hard on the Heart, Sunflowers
Tony Furtado - slide guitar on Walk Away, Life in the Dark; banjo on August
Paul Brainard - pedal steel on Heart on the Line, August
Sharon Donaldson – violin on Sunflowers
Joseph Siegel – violin on Heart on the Line

All songs written by Val Blaha, except: Hard on the Heart written by Val Blaha & Rich Blaha; Life in the Dark written by Val Blaha with Jori McGinnis.

Kickstarter backers... thanks to: Matt Haughey, the Bennett family, Ginny's grandbabies, Erin Bowman, Mike & Kathy Aplin, Trish and Ed Zakocs, Christina Grohs, The Corvus Family, Kris & Steve Bledsoe, Brita Johnson & family, The Wilkins, Kimberly Amador, The Corff Family, Stacy & Russell, Brian Beggs, Todd Mabee, Maren Chenault; & also to all of the other backers not named here! You all made this possible!!!

Additional thanks to: Gene & Angel Graber; John & Jean Blaha; all of the fantastic musicians who were part of this project; Jeff B. for inspiring the title of the title song; Jori McGinnis for helping edit some of my songs; Vicki Ambinder for musical encouragement; my Top Hands, Mike Aplin & Bruce Braukman, for being my musical companions over the past several years, & helping me find my voice & the courage to do this; Amanda Palmer for her amazing TED talk which gave needed encouragement during my Kickstarter campaign; my students, who inspire me to be a better musician & to get out there & perform; & of course, to my 2 favorite people in the whole world, Rich & Dalton.

Photography: Grace Portraits/Tyra Murray

Art design: Val Blaha

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Official Website: www.valblaha.com
Listen: valblaha.bandcamp.com
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Twitter: @ValBlaha


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Val Blaha Portland, Oregon

Music has always been an important part of Val Blaha's life. She loved to sing from a very young age, and started studying piano at age 6, earning accolades and numerous awards before age 17. She has been steadily performing and songwriting for the past 12 years. Val also plays guitar, bass, and mandolin. Her newest album World on Fire will be released in late August 2019. ... more

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