These are live recordings from Kane’s joint appearances with fellow country-folk songwriter (and fellow Dead Reckoning artist) Kevin Welch in Melbourne, Australia, on November 12 and November 13 of 1999. For these shows, the pair played unaccompanied, using just a bass and a guitar. Sometimes harmonizing, sometimes letting one or the other sing solo, they ran through 15 songs, mostly original material composed by Kane and Welch separately, although there are covers of John Hiatt’s “Train to Birmingham” and Hank Williams’ “Ramblin’ Man.” There’s an informal, playing-before-friends feel to the performances, on tunes that are mostly good-natured and easygoing, even if songs like Kane’s “Table Top Dancer” get into something a little darker. Low-key country-folk, suited for Sunday morning tea.
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After listening to this multi-artist two-CD celebration of Pete Seeger’s songs, you’ll be delighted to read in the liner notes that it’s “just the beginning of at least four volumes.” Producer Jim Musselman calls the package a “labor of love,” and that’s clearly what it was. Musselman did a terrific job of choosing the songs from Seeger’s vast repertoire, and of matching each tune with an artist “based on either the philosophical fit between the artist and the message of the song and/or their unique musical style.” Even the extensive liner notes — which include info on each performer, plus comments on every song by Seeger and the performer — testify to the effort that went into the project. The result is one of the most consistently successful tribute albums on the market.
The material is wonderful; whether you think of Seeger primarily as an interpreter or a crusader for social justice, you’ll be impressed by this reminder of just how many classic tunes he has written or cowritten and how many topics he’s covered — everything from the Byrds-popularized “Turn, Turn, Turn” (Bruce Cockburn) to the lullaby “One Grain of Sand” (Odetta) to “Kisses Sweeter than Wine” (Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt).
The performers, who range in age from five to 85, are a motley crew; and while they include more than a few obscure artists who apparently made the grade because they happen to be signed to Appleseed or its affiliated labels, the collection also features lots of big names. More importantly, nearly all of the 39 recordings are first-rate. Among the many highlights: Bruce Springsteen’s gentle reading of “We Shall Overcome”; Greg Brown’s “Sailing Down My Golden River”; Roger McGuinn’s “Bells of Rhymney” (a song he first recorded with the Byrds); and Ani DiFranco’s “My Name Is Lisa Kalvelage.”
Perhaps most touching, though, is the concluding number, Pete Seeger’s own recording of his newly written “And Still I Am Searching.” Sadly, the track does back up Seeger’s statement in the liner notes that “I hardly have any voice left.” But it also evidences the spirit that gave birth to all these songs. That spirit was still very much alive in the septuagenarian Seeger when this album was released, and thanks to his music, it will be around long after he’s gone.
Divine Horsemen were a punk/roots band founded in 1983 by Chris D. (Desjardins), formerly of L.A. punk rock band The Flesh Eaters.The band developed a distinctive (and at the time, very new) alt country- type sound. They took their name from a voodoo term; a worshiper who is possessed by loa during a ceremony is said to be being ridden by The Divine Horsemen. The term was also used as a song title by The Flesh Eaters.Other band members included Julie Christensen (Chris’ then-wife), Matt Lee and Peter Andrus, as well as Flesh Eaters stalwart Robyn Jameson. They were joined at times by members of L.A. punk bands like Kid Congo Powers of The Gun Club and The Cramps, Jeffrey Lee Pierce of The Gun Club. They broke up in 1988.
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Creating his cleanest and most modern record yet, Sonny Smith again creates a consistently great record in yet another new direction with Antenna To The Afterworld.
1. Dark Corners
4. Path Of Orbit
5. Natural Acts
6. Girl On The Street
7. Death Scene
10. Earth Girl
11. Green Blood
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