Spiral Road is a debut collection of deeply personal songs blending Americana, folk rock, traditional country and bluegrass. The album was inspired by Suzanne’s experience arising from the near death and subsequent recovery of her teenage son. The writing reflects the emotion, mystery and mysticism of loss in this “first rate song cycle.”
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Spiral Road is a debut collection of deeply personal songs blending Americana, folk rock, traditional country and bluegrass. The album was inspired by Suzanne’s experience arising from the near death and subsequent recovery of her teenage son, who suffered a traumatic brain injury after falling down a spiral staircase at age 14. A truly collaborative effort, the album features a cast of brilliant musicians. The writing reflects the emotion, mystery and mysticism of loss in this “first rate song cycle.”
Spiral Road takes a lot of its inspiration from the Navajo who are great stewards of the land as well as healers. I hope this record gives you inspiration in your own lives that healing is possible and the greater positive energy we gives to others and to the planet, the more change we can make.
Available on CD and digital download from Bandcamp, on iTunes, and streaming on Apple Music, Google Play, and Spotify.
Released November 11, 2014
Nominated for Best Album – Independent Music Awards
“a collection of wondrously beautiful, deeply moving songs…without exception of an all encompassing beauty… Jarvie overwhelms you, as it were, with her out of the ordinary vocal performance, and she bewitches you further with her compelling lyrics..”
— Benny Metten/Alt Ctrl Country E-Zine, Belgium
“Jarvie’s voice is seraphim-pure, reaching out and lifting your spirit often without permission.”
— Luke C. Bowden, No Depression (Read the in-depth interview here)
“From start to finish, SPIRAL ROAD aches in epic portions to paint a literary outpouring of what country music writing was born to capture. Not only has Suzanne told her story with heart rendering emotion, she has surrounded herself with a stellar team of players running rich in a stream of sensual soul and tantalising twang. This is a record for any age but an important 2015 ally in the defence of protecting great genre music from the ravages of those seeking universal change.”
“Suzanne Jarvie has a voice that dares to shine, but also dares to be vulnerable, and this is one of the qualities that gives the album an exceptional power… Jarvie tells poignant stories and they all touch you deeply. It makes Spiral Road a very beautiful and exceptional album. ”
— Erwin Zijleman, De Krenten uit de pop (The Netherlands)
4-out-of-5-stars “remarkable debut album…a deeply personal collection of Americana tunes that runs the gamut of emotions… Jarvie lays her soul bare on this first-rate song cycle.”
— Jeffrey Sisk, Pittsburgh In Tune
“A glorious album… Comparisons with Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams are certainly justified for Suzanne Jarvie. Listen to songs like “Love is Now, “Shrieking Shack” and the wondrously beautiful “Wait for Me”. These are only a few of the eleven diamonds in the crown of this surprisingly powerful singer who has emerged from Canada.”
— Rootstime (Belgium)
“Suzanne Jarvie’s crisp, clean voice, reminiscent of Lucinda Williams’, lends itself nicely to the straight-ahead Americana of her debut album, Spiral Road. Produced by Hugh Christopher Brown, the album is beautifully arranged, with an all-star cast of guest musicians, including the Abrams brothers, the Holmes Brothers on gospel choir-worthy harmony vocals and Burke Carroll’s always-tasteful pedal steel.”
— Kristin Cavoukian, Exclaim!
“a fetching combination of Joan Baez by way of Emmylou Harris. Spiral Road is produced by Hugh Christopher Brown, and the music crew is perfectly in tune with Jarvie’s folk/roots/mello-rock traditions frequently recalling the marvelous work of Iain Matthews with a definite skew to John Prine. If you understand what that means, then you know I’m telling you to take your time with this CD: there’s a lot more here than any first listen could possibly impart.”
— Mark S. Tucker, Acoustic Music and Folk Exchange
FIVE STARS (out of 5)! ***** “If one doesn’t immediately take in the emotional ordeal Suzanne Jarvie’s lyrics contend with, it may well be that her simple, graceful melodies and immediately memorable choruses stole the show. The Toronto-bred singer/guitarist’s skill with scene setting finishes the job, enticing another listen to deliver the clout of her lyrical content. The instrumentation matches the songs in touch and gracefulness.”
— Duane Verh, Roots Music Report
“Jarvie takes her journey and turns it into a beautiful, universal work of art. While her voice might have been brighter or slightly more supple 20 years ago, there’s no way a younger Jarvie could have approached the brilliance of this album. Her voice is reminiscent of Emmy Lou Harris though her Canadian accent bleeds through in a most endearing manner.”
— Jon Worley, Aiding and Abetting
“The ominous folk/country sound of Suzanne Jarvie’s “Spiral Road” is worth your time.”
— Stephen Carradini, Independent Clauses
“The voice of Suzanne occasionally reminiscent of Emmylou Harris, sounds warm and genuine and lets you feel how grateful she is to now be on the road way to recovery.”
— Marten van der Laan, Country Stew, Radio Compagnie 1 (The Netherlands)
“original … incredible depth …”
— Radio Host Lord Litter’s Magic Music Box International