Brooke Waggoner On Mountain Stage

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  • "Come Love, See My Hands"

Louisiana native Brooke Waggoner studied composition and orchestration at LSU before moving to Nashville to advance her career as a performing songwriter. Her quirky sense of song structure and her experimental nature bring to mind the wide range of influences that Mountain Stage host Larry Groce mentions in his introduction: from Chopin to Simon & Garfunkel to Rogers & Hammerstein.

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Brooke Waggoner's 2007 EP, Fresh Pair of Eyes, is available for free download on her Web site. Brian Blauser hide caption

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Comparisons could also be drawn to creatively ambitious peers such as Nellie McKay and Vienna Teng, especially when listening to the tempo and meter changes of Waggoner's "Hush If You Must." At times, her charming voice recalls that of Iris Dement. Those with a bit of musical training will no doubt smile at her use of Italian musical vocabulary in "So-So," but the diligent piano work that follows can be appreciated by anyone.

Waggoner is accompanied here by celloist Hannah Schroeder.

This segment originally ran Nov. 5, 2008.



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