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LOVE & EXILE (2015)

“Clever lyricism coupled with superb musical performances from some of Vancouver Island’s best musicians. Bravo, a great collection of original work and a pleasure to listen to.” — Jenica Rayne, Canadian singer-songwriter

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Love & Exile is a multi-genre album with an international feel. Several tracks are tied to my past in South Africa during apartheid. “Free Yourself (In Memory of Steve Biko)” is a tribute to the Black Consciousness leader who had a major impact on my life. During my late teens I attended a small, illegal gathering he addressed, and I left South Africa a few years afterwards because of his words that day. He was later murdered in police custody.

Album recorded by Rick Salt at Mountainview Studio, Nanaimo; produced by United Hipsters’ Union, a.k.a. Aaron Bethune & Rick Salt.

Rick Salt, recording engineer/ co-producer/ guitarist (Photo: David Baughan)
Cheryl (Photo: David Baughan)

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1. EXILE SONG 
Words © Cheryl Cohen; Music © C. Cohen/Rick Salt/Greg Esposito

Aaron Bethune, lead guitar (electric); Cheryl Cohen, vocals;
Marisha Devoin, double bass; Rick Salt, rhythm guitar (electric);
with Ricardo Pimiento, Cuban fun, shaker

2. ONE BEAUTIFUL THING
(dedicated to Erika, Erica & Julie)

Words © Cheryl CohenMusic © C. Cohen/Aaron Bethune

Aaron Bethune, acoustic guitar; Cheryl Cohen, vocals; James McRae, drums; Marisha Devoin, double bass

3. YOU’RE MY CRACK COCAINE
Words © Cheryl Cohen
Music © C. Cohen & Rick Salt

Aaron Bethune, lead guitar (electric); Bill Hicks, drums;
Cheryl Cohen, vocals; Marisha Devoin, double bass; Rick Salt, rhythm guitar (electric)

4. THE MAN WITH BARS IN HIS EYES
Words & music © Cheryl Cohen
Aaron Bethune, nylon guitar; Cheryl Cohen, vocals;
Marisha Devoin, double bass, backup vocals


5. I LOST THE BLUES IN YOUR KISS
Words © Cheryl Cohen; Music © C. Cohen/Rick Salt/Aaron Bethune 
Aaron Bethune, lead guitar (electric); Cheryl Cohen, vocals; Marisha Devoin, double bass

6. HUG A TREE FOR ME
Words & music © Cheryl Cohen
Aaron Bethune, lead guitar; 
Bill Hicks, drums; Cheryl Cohen, vocals; Marisha Devoin, double bass, whistling; Rick Salt, rhythm guitar

7. WALK AWAY
(dedicated to Rosemary Lindsay)
 
Words & music © Cheryl Cohen
Aaron Bethune, acoustic guitar; Cheryl Cohen, vocals; Marisha Devoin, double bass; with Ricardo Pimiento, shaker

8. FREE YOURSELF (In Memory of Steve Biko) 
Words © Cheryl CohenMusic © C. Cohen & Aaron Bethune
Aaron Bethune, acoustic guitar, kalimba; Cheryl Cohen, vocals, kalimba intro; Marisha Devoin, double bass

9. WORDS ABOUT YOU 
Words & music © Cheryl Cohen
Cheryl Cohen, vocals; Marisha Devoin, double bass, tambourine; Rick Salt, acoustic guitar