Name: Libby Wiebel
Pronuciation: Libby Weebul (think Libby-on-the-label and Weebles Wobble)
What She Does: Libby Wiebel is a contemporary folk singer & songwriter in the Washington DC area. Equal parts storyteller and tunesmith, her piano and guitar help her tell her down-to-earth tales.
Where she came from: Classically trained in piano and voice, Libby began performing at an early age. Born in Iowa and raised in Wisconsin, Libby landed in Northern Virginia, which she now considers "home."
- The Wait-a-While Estates (released December 2003)
- "Silent Night," appearing on Capitol Acoustics III, presented by FOCUS (released spring 2003)
- Erasing Yesterday (EP, released April 2002)
Where she's played (a sampling)
National Cherry Blossom Festival (Washington DC)
Jammin Java (Vienna, VA)
Gravity Lounge (Charlottesville, VA, opening for Christine Kane)
St. Elmo's Coffee Pub (Alexandria, VA)
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington (Arlington, VA, opening for Emma's Revolution)
Picker's Supply (Fredericksburg, VA)
Arlington United Methodist Coffeehouse Series (Arlington, VA)
Austin Grill (Silver Spring, MD)
Matt's Village Pub (Richmond, VA)
Aroma's Coffee (Williamsburg, VA)
The New Deal Cafe (Greenbelt, MD)
Richmond Watermelon Festival (Richmond, VA)
Mad City Coffee (Columbia, MD)
Floating Folk Festival Newslettter (March 6, 2004)
This self-released CD of 11 songs is one of the best Ive received this year, hands-down. The beautiful artwork, thought-provoking lyrics, and Wiebels lovely voice all blend together in a nicely varied mix of pop and folk. The mood is nostalgic, and evokes sunshine streaming in a window on a beautiful morning, with the conversations taking place among friends in music, instead of voice. The Wait-Awhile-Estates is a concept Wiebel created and developed during a move to the D.C. area.
The title track recalls a Jewel-style vocal phrasing, and features a jaunty beat highlighted by brushes on the snare, and a theme of moving away from conformist environments. Wiebel paints a non-bitter tale of breaking chains and experiencing a new world with optimism.
Five in the Morning is more melancholy, and reflective, accurately portraying complex thoughts that swirl while one waits for the day, thinking about songs from the past, and making decisions for the future. Nice harmonies and lead guitar.
My personal favorite is One Lost Baby. The minor key and strong lyrics describing someone lost at war and their loved one mourning is beautifully realized and executed.
There are many other standouts, and with ever-changing tempos, instrumentation, and voicing of instruments, the listener is paying attention at every turn. The recording is crisp and clear, and the whole effort is slick and polished, but handcrafted from the heart.
Richmond Music Journal (June, 2004)
"...buried in track eight is the first song Libby wrote for this collection (she provides the date for each original), and it explains why she kept writing. Don't Call Me Mary sweetly but not subtly strikes out at religions that hold women to a different standard than men. She encourages women to join together to speak out against being relegated to a lesser class. Thats a Sunday School lesson I bet they never teach."