SWING STATES is a hugely listenable CD which features some of the Mid-Atlantic's top acoustic musicians (Alexander Mitchell and Dave Giegerich, to name a couple) on some topical, funny songs. The second half of the CD features some of my best old studio recordings. Tracks from this CD got a lot of airplay, including nationally on NPR, and the first track made TOP TEN at the '04 Mountain Stage NEWSONG festival. 'The Swing States Road Show kicked off the second half of the evening with a batch of songs that were musically sophisticated and savagely funny. Backed up by local guitar wizard Rolly Brown and bassist Willy Gilmore, bandleader Lea Jones had the audience grooving to the swing rhythms on 'Blues for Crawford,' laughing hysterically to 'Psycho Cowboy,' and shouting out at the appropriate place in the chorus of 'Four More Years?' For sheer musicality and trenchant song-writing, this act was the hit of the evening.' (Janice McKenzie, stage manager, October 1 show in Newtown PA, a benefit for PA Victory '04) 'You were the musical highlight of DemocracyFest, in my opinion.' (National Coordinator, Rapid Response Network, on ROAD SHOW's closing for HOWARD DEAN) 'WE LOVE YOUR MUSIC!' True Majority 'Man, it is spectacular. Really, this is a funny bit of music.... Truly artistic, hilarious work.... Your turns of phrase are so sharp, your ridicule so biting... I'll be recommending it for the next four years. Thanks so so much for the gift. I'd love to know when you're playing around town, too. Happy Holidays, and thanks so much..'. Jonathon Fuqua (award-winning Baltimore author) '...what a terrific CD! It's like a great blend of some my favorite music, Grisman, Cody, Dan Hicks, Talking Heads, etc. I love it.' Tom Kiefaber, Owner - Senator Theater, Baltimore 'All politics aside, this is a fabulous, diverse, and eclectic album featuring top-notch song-writing and superlative musicianship. As for the politics, preach on! Listening to this album will be an inspiring and uplifting experience for anyone who's unhappy with the direction our nation has taken over the last few years. And it's great to know that the proceeds from the sale of this record will go to support great progressive organizations like MoveOn.org. I hope they sell a gazillion copies!' Seth Kibel, another eFolkMusic.org customer 'Just got Swing States. So very funny good... Send me extras.. I expect a healthy rotation...' KMUD - Music Director 'A mix of great tunes by the seasoned musicians who make up the Swing State Road Show. However, the best part are the funny, interesting lyrics. This CD is the perfect gift for all my politico family members (and for myself).' Amy Weintraub, EFolkMusic.org customer.