1: Tell me a story
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3: Where the songs are
4: It's nice to say hello
5: Where do we go from here?

Violet
1: Tell me a story

The idea was simple. Write and record songs we would want to listen to, by and for people who love records.

In 1999, we had 3 recordings to our credit -- basically sketches. We wanted to make a full-blown record-like the ones we raced home to listen to after school. So over the next year and a half we proceeded to drink some wine, crank some vinyl and make an album of our own.

After playing a gig with Clem Snide we picked up their first cd. Those recordings, produced by Adam Lasus felt like intimate snapshots of an actual performance. It was a sound easily achieved while playing alone in a room but almost impossible to capture once the record button was pressed. We contacted Adam soon after and began recording in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

While flipping through a book of album designers, Meredith came across the name Frank Olinsky. She liked the sound of his name, so she called him up and told him about the record we were making. He agreed to meet and suggested we contact photographer Merri Cyr. We now had a producer, a designer and a photographer. All three of these people would go on to record and design both of our records. "We Both Know It’s Out There" was released 2001. It was well received by the press, supported by college radio and several songs appeared on compilations in both the US and Europe. Performing Songwriter Magazine called it one of the best independent releases of the year.

"The Last Cathedral" is the second offering from Wine and Vinyl Music, the label we established in 2000. The album gracefully shifts genres and moods without feeling unfocused or contrived. If you listen closely you can hear echoes of T-REX dancing, David Crosby laughing, the Monkees leaving, Neil Young changing, John Martyn breathing and the Chordettes dreaming the analog dream.

Violet

Meredith Minogue: voice and guitar
Jim Barry: guitar, assorted stringed instruments and background voice

With…
Tony Graci: drums, percussion
Skip Ward: acoustic/electric bass
Joe McGinty: keyboards, piano
Claudia Chopek: Violin
Leah Coloff: Cello
Steve Pickering: French horn

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