Local singer-songwriter to celebrate debut album at Yellow Cab

Local singer-songwriter Amber Hargett’s debut album, “Paper Trail,” a collection of lushly-recorded Americana songs, is being released at Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton on Saturday, March 30. CONTRIBUTED

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Local singer-songwriter Amber Hargett’s debut album, “Paper Trail,” a collection of lushly-recorded Americana songs, is being released at Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton on Saturday, March 30. CONTRIBUTED

Amber Hargett’s magnificent debut, “Paper Trail,” getting its official release at Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton on Saturday, March 30, is a collection of lushly-recorded Americana songs and she’s as surprised as anyone.

“I had no intentions of making a record like this and releasing it publicly,” she said recently. “My husband, Nick, was like, ‘You’ve got these songs backed up, why don’t we make a go of it?’ He suggested we do it so we at least have a record for ourselves.”

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She reluctantly agreed to share a few originals with Patrick Himes at Reel Love Recording Company, who not only recorded the sessions and helped with arrangements, but also played keyboards, drums and other instruments on “Paper Trail.”

“I just wanted to get my family off my back,” she said. “I told Patrick, ‘They’ve been asking me to do this for a long time so I just want to record some acoustic versions of the songs.’ He was like, ‘If that’s what you want, OK.’ I played him a couple of songs and we ended up scheduling our first studio date.”

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Local singer-songwriter Amber Hargett’s debut album, “Paper Trail,” a collection of lushly-recorded Americana songs, is being released at Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton on Saturday, March 30. CONTRIBUTED

Local singer-songwriter Amber Hargett’s debut album, “Paper Trail,” a collection of lushly-recorded Americana songs, is being released at Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton on Saturday, March 30. CONTRIBUTED

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Local singer-songwriter Amber Hargett’s debut album, “Paper Trail,” a collection of lushly-recorded Americana songs, is being released at Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton on Saturday, March 30. CONTRIBUTED

Luckily for music fans, the singer’s plans for a simple acoustic project were scuttled when Himes dropped a bombshell after the first song was recorded.

“Patrick really surprised me,” Hargett said. “He goes, ‘I know you said you just want to do acoustic and that’s fine because the songs stand alone fine, but I think they’re good. You really should consider doing this with a full band.’ I’m like, ‘I don’t have a band.’ He’s like, ‘That’s alright, I play a number of instruments.’ (laughs) Huh, that’s the understatement of the year.”

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Hargett agreed to try one song to see how it would go. In the end, the album has extra touches like keyboards, percussion, electric guitars and even strings and horns.

“Going back and hearing that first song with all the layers on it, was a really compelling argument for doing more songs like that,” she said. “It really brought the songs to life. It really tells the whole story by giving you visuals and so much for depth. I’m so grateful for Patrick for being my one-man band.”

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Local singer-songwriter Amber Hargett’s debut album, “Paper Trail,” a collection of lushly-recorded Americana songs, is being released at Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton on Saturday, March 30. CONTRIBUTED

Local singer-songwriter Amber Hargett’s debut album, “Paper Trail,” a collection of lushly-recorded Americana songs, is being released at Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton on Saturday, March 30. CONTRIBUTED

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Local singer-songwriter Amber Hargett’s debut album, “Paper Trail,” a collection of lushly-recorded Americana songs, is being released at Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton on Saturday, March 30. CONTRIBUTED

While Himes played many instruments, he also enlisted some talented friends such as Brian Hoeflich, Erich Reith, Gary King and Trey Stone.

“I’m acutely aware of how fortunate I am to be doing this right now,” Hargett said. “There is so much good musicianship right in our own backyard but I didn’t know it existed until I was a part of it.”


HOW TO GO

Who: Amber Hargett with Neo American Pioneers and Biscuits & Gravy

Where: Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, March 30. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Cost: $9 in advance, $12 at the door

More info: 937-424-3870 or www.yellowcabtavern.com

Artist info: amberhargett.bandcamp.com

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