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Duo Paper Wings Honor the Past While Making Something Modern, by Bobby Moore
On sophomore album Clementine, Paper Wings blends two distinct voices and impeccable skills as instrumentalists to create a modern, unified vision built on Appalachian traditions.
The duo features old-time music mainstay and California native Emily Mann and Wilhelmina Frankzerda, an Oregon-born, Nashville-based fiddling champion and a current member of the backing band for The Civil Wars alum Joy Williams…
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“(Paper Wings) acheives a remarkably authentic Appalachian sound that belies the ladies’ young ages.
— Vintage Guitar Magazine
Bluegrass Unlimited Review
“Showing their love for traditional and old-time music, Wilhelmina FrankZerda (guitar, fiddle) and Emily Mann (banjo, guitar, fiddle) exhibit their unique instrumental and vocal sound in this project of mostly original material. That material includes “Seven Miles”, “Rush Creek”, “Winter Storm”, and “Shoe Shiner”. Also included is Hank Snow’s “Prisoner’s Dream” andHazel Dicken’s “Only The Lonely”. Simply crafted and executed, these songs bring an innovative and timeless sound to their music. Paper Wings will be a new addition to fans of old-time and traditional stylings.”
Paper Wings is the 2018 recipient of “A Good Idea” fund from Australian Folk-Pop duo Oh Pep! to sponsor a week dedicated to songwriting.
A word from Kristin Andreassen
“What a gorgeous, big-hearted and masterfully played bunch of songs and tunes from two of the best musicians I know. This album has that clean-swept simplicity you get from great artists at the beginning and the ends of their careers. I picture Emily and Wilhelmina sitting around a kitchen table passing guitars and banjos and fiddles like salt, singing with the directness of conversation and sprinkling each arrangement with exactly as many notes as it needs. The covers are Hazel Dickens, Hank Snow & Traditional-via-Tommy-Jarrell, and the originals stand right up with those giants. The biggest challenge to listening on repeat is that I keep getting distracted by singing along and hitting the “rewind” button.”