Natives of Western Pennsylvania, W.D. Neely and Bill Bly moved in rapid succession to New York City, where they joined up with Liz Emmert and Deborah Griffin Bly (both from Long Island) to form the acoustic music group Left Field. The quartet's signature mix of offbeat original tunes and obscure covers garnered a loyal following of dedicated listeners who showed up to hear Left Field perform at venues across the NYC metropolitan area.
Left Field produced two recordings — a live album, Left Field: Still A-Live!, and Extra Innings, a studio recording of original songs (see download links on our Store page). They also recorded several of their tunes for The Fast Folk Musical Magazine (FFMM), a monthly album of original songs produced by The Musicians' Co-Op in Greenwich Village. The series was representative of the acoustic music scene that flourished in and around the Village at the time, and featured recordings by up-and-coming artists like Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, Christine Lavin and Lyle Lovett. The collection was later acquired by The Smithsonian's Folkways Records label, and is now available at their site.
After hunkering down in the studio with longtime musical collaborator Mark Dann, Neely Emmert Bly have emerged with a fresh take on that tasty mix that worked so well for them back in the day: their own in-your-face material combined with what-was-that? covers, featuring off-the-wall lyrics, tight harmony, and generally subtle but (when they're feeling frisky) occasionally pointy accompaniment.
The trio's latest studio effort, Ballads, Bromides and Broadsides: Songs by W.D. Neely with Liz Emmert and Bill Bly (see download/CD links on our Store tab), brings you 14 fresh takes on the vicissitudes of life.
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