1- Once the Teardrops Start to Fall: medium tempo muted heartache groove slips into a full-on blues/honky tonk bar. Claire Lynch tune & the only cover song here.
2- Afraid of Love: playful upright bass dances with slide guitar, Norah Jones vibe. Abbie’s dobro is featured.
3- Bad Leaver: slow burn country ballad, cry in your beer and wish on that neon sign, Co-write w/Chris Stapleton.
4- Wallflower Days: Mardi Gras meets bluegrass & Hank Williams, upbeat starter. Michael Bellar on accordion.
5- Starting from Scratch: pour the wine, burn old love letters w/ this folk-soul groove. Another dobro feature.
6- Burn Me Down: sultry latin dance in a minor key, fade at 2:10 or dance over epic outro with overlapping bass, piano, dobro and voices.
7- I Can’t Believe: sorrow & shock ballad with crying pedal steel by JP Ruggieri & haunting wide open chords
8- Cold Black Water: fresh folk/pop, Mother-daughter theme, rocky Oregon coast. Co-write w/ Molly Venter
9- Let it Out: swampy minor groove w/sticky chorus, no more holding it in. National lap slide by Abbie
10- My Darkness: songwriter poet gets raw, personifying grief & fear in a melodic waltz. If songs could heal…
11- What Gives You The Right: live jazz trio reminiscent of American Songbook, features Craig Akin (upright)
12- Empty Suit: rockin' acoustic slide Led Zeppelin swamp jam, Co-write w/ David Olney
13- Copper Ponies: intimate hopeful uke-vocal duet about wishing on pennies
“Wishes on a Neon Sign” finds Abbie Gardner shining bright! With a stellar cast of backing musicians behind her, Abbie comes armed with her passionate vocals and signature dobro style to give us a emotional collection of songs that are soulful, sultry and sensational! These aren’t maudlin “cry in your beer” songs about love and heartbreak, Abbie uses her gifts to explore the deeper feelings behind complicated relationships and offers up hope and redemption for us all.
-Ron Olesko, Sing Out WFDU
Abbie Gardner excels at songs that describe the roller coaster of love. The songs on Wishes on a Neon Sign have a country style and charm. When she starts mixing in other genres, such as the Samba tempo on "Burn Me Down," we get a glimpse into her versatility. Abbie's soaring vocals on "Bad Leaver" and the accompanying heartache-laden melody show her at the height of her singer/songwriter power. Abbie Gardner cuts a wide swath through the singer/songwriter realm, leaving a trail of satisfied listeners.
-Richard Cuccaro, Acoustic LIVE! in NYC
Abbie Gardner has a voice to warm the winter night and a smile to melt the coldest heart. On her new solo album, she reminds us that she's not only a first-rate Dobro player, but a songwriter to be reckoned with, with tunes that range from the ebullient to the sultry to the heartbreaking.
-John Platt, WFUV
Love the new CD, "Wishes On A Neon Sign." Your singing, playing and collaborative songwriting throughout are exceptional. I'm sure Claire is proud of your interpretation of "Once The Teardrops Start To Fall," the one cover on the release, and your descriptive of David Olney is spot-on! "Copper Ponies"...gives me the shivers, a great closing #!
-Troy Tyree, Jukebox of Americana, WCUW