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August 15, 2013

"Nashville luminaries who write songs about history and war with heart-wrenching narrative weight." - Flagpole

"Think Gram Parsons meets Willie Nelson meets Emmylou Harris when it

comes to the Southern Gothic/country tunes from this fine pair of lady

singer-songwriters." - Santa Fe Reporter

"A shining example of some of the best and brightest women working in Music City today." - Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival

Granville Automatic is Vanessa Olivarez and Elizabeth Elkins. The duo

write songs pulled from a shared love of good storytelling, horses,

history and war. Granville Automatic is named after a 19th-century

typewriter: Vanessa is a collector. With sonic references like Lyle

Lovett, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson, Granville

Automatic has created a quiet and lyrical sound devoted to telling

stories from the past. After writing together first in the spring of

2009, the pair has more than 100 songs.

The band's self-titled

debut studio album is now available. Recorded at The Station House in

Echo Park, Los Angeles, with producer Ted Russell Kamp, the record

features 11 songs including “Comanche” (about the horse who survived

the Battle of Little Big Horn), “Hazel Creek” (about a town flooded when

the TVA built Fontana Dam), “Blood and Gold” (the story of the

mustang), “The Groundskeeper” (about a Civil War ghost seen at Carnton

Plantation in Franklin, Tennessee), “Flying Mercury” (about the

19th-century Pepin&Breschard Circus), "Carolina Amen" (about a

solider lost in the Civil War battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse),

“Copenhill” (about Sherman’s burning of Atlanta) and “Shores of

Maryland” – as well as live favorites “Never On A Sunday”, “Tacoma Coal

Line” and “Don’t Come to Tennessee”.

The studio band included

Kamp on bass, drummer Jim Doyle, guitarist/pedal steel player John

Schreffler, Jr. and Bethany Dick-Olds on fiddle and vocals. Legendary

harmonica player Mickey Raphael also joined in.

Also look for

the iTunes exclusive Live from Sun Studio, an eight-song set recorded

live at Memphis’ historic Sun Studio and released in 2012.


band has appeared on the PBS television programs Sun Studio Sessions

and WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour - as well as Nashville Public Radio's

Live at the Bluebird Café (their photograph now hangs on the wall at the

famous venue).

Chosen as the 2012 Composers in Residence at

Seaside, Fla.’s prestigious Escape to Create program, the pair spent a

month in residence there, writing An Army Without Music: Civil War

Stories from Hallowed Ground. The new material premiered to a capacity

crowd at the Seaside Repertory Theater. Those songs will become the

duo’s third album, a double album: one disc of songs recorded live on

battle sites across the country, and the other disc offering full-band

studio versions of the songs. The pair has partnered with the Civil War

Trust for the live recordings, which are on-going in 2013. For more

information on this project, visit

The girls are also currently writing their fourth album, Dancing at El

Mercado - a collection of songs inspired by Texas and Vanessa's

childhood in the Lone Star State.

Granville Automatic averages

more than 250 tour dates a year. The duo has played at Hotel Café in Los

Angeles, the Tin Angel and World Café Live in Philadelphia, The Bitter

End and The Living Room in New York City, Momo’s in Austin, Eddie’s

Attic in Atlanta and the Bluebird Café in Nashville. They have also

showcased at BMI’s Acoustic Lounge in Los Angeles and appeared on

Nashville’s 103 WKDF radio, Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s Thacker

Mountain Radio and NBC Atlanta’s Morning Show.

They have

performed at SXSW, the CMA Music Festival, the Tin Pan South Songwriters

Festival, the 30A Songwriters Festival and the Key West Songwriters


The band was a finalist in Mountain Stage’s NewSong

Contest and a semi-finalist in the Unsigned Only competition. They won

third prize win in Spin Magazine’s Next Great American Road Song

contest, made the finals in the Maurice Small Town Sounds competition

and USAA’s GarageBand Playoff and were in the Top 50 for the Wildflower

Performing Songwriter Competition.

Both girls have a history in

the music business: Vocalist/songwriter Olivarez wrote and recorded a

Top 10 single in Canada, has three cuts on Sugarland records, including a

song on their multi-platinum Enjoy the Ride album, and received a Dora

nomination for her work in the Toronto production of Hairspray. She was

also a finalist on the second season of American Idol.

Guitarist/songwriter Elkins is a Grand Prize winner of the John Lennon

Songwriting Contest who has showcased at the Billboard/BMI Acoustic

Brunch at SXSW, at BMI showcases in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Nashville,

and at CMJ. Elkins’ songs have appeared on television programs from

Smallville to Rescue Me, Jersey Shore to CNN and in the film Mean Girls


Balancing lives between Atlanta and Nashville, the two

co-write frequently across the States for other artists – including

collaborations with Nashville’s top country and pop writers and some of

the best and brightest pop and urban writers in Atlanta, New York City

and Los Angeles. A pop song they co-wrote was recently placed on ABC’s

The Lying Game.

Songwriters like Ted Russell Kamp ... seem to simply pick

the songs from the sky ... (they) are all that they want

to say, neat, beautiful and without frills. No secrets or

codes - more than the magic of a beautiful language they

create. He moves in the same league as the big names,

Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac and Kris Kristofferson.

His voice is something out of the ordinary ... world


- Per Wiker

the Laurel Canyon mythos rings true throughout this

Americana set. This is definitely California desert country

with the top down. With his gritty self styled voice. Like

Bob Dylan's Nashville recordings (or the) soulful country

tracks that came out of Muscle Shoals. Ted Russell Kamp pays

tribute to a lot of American music heroes (while) weaving

gravitas throughout this song cycle.

- Dan Harr

If only Nashville was pumping out country songs with that

kind of understated pathos ... another fine set of melodic

country rock tunes on Night Owl. infused with warm soul

... with a grace and plainspoken honesty. Modesty and an

unwillingness to play games likely prevent Kamp from

getting the acclaim he deserves. Don't let the heartfelt,

soulful music suffusing Night Owl pass you by.

- Michael Toland

These songs are gems in the familiar alt. country and

Americana genres in which over the years Ted has become an

absolute master. Striking first rate playing ... on the

epic "Santa Ana Winds", the mysterious "I Been Watching

You" and the touching "My Heart Has A Mind Of It's Own".

Craftsmanship = mastery is an excellent definition of the

musical work.

- Freddy Celis

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