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Eliza Gilkyson - Songs from The River Wind

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Eliza Gilkyson
Songs from The River Wind

Label Howlin Dog
Erstveröffentlichung 25.02.2022
Format CD
Lieferzeit 1 – 3 Werktage
Preis 13,95 € (inkl. MwSt. zzgl. Versand)
Rezension

22er der Amerikanerin. Wurde auf Anhieb eine meiner Lieblingsalben von ihr, was nicht nur an der gewohnt ausdrucksstarken becircenden Stimme und reihenweise exquisiten Songs (viel Eigenes, auch Traditionals) liegt, sondern auch an der wunderbaren feinsinnigen Begleitung: Kein Schlagwerk, öfters nur Saiten (3 oder 4 meist, darunter akustische und vorwiegend zarte/sacht elektrifizierte Gitarre, Mandoline, Banjo, Dobro, Bass, Pedal und Lap Steel; ein ganz fein gesponnenes Geflecht), dazu hier und da Geige, selten Akkordeon, Flöte oder Dulcimer. Bestürzend schöne grazile/filigrane Balladen oder (sehr gemäßigt!) Handfesteres in (offenem) Folk-Gewand, (gern traditionsbewußter) Songwriter-Country mit etwas mehr Bodenhaftung, melancholisch-balladesk, dezent dunkel-spartanisch oder betörend und herzzerreißend, zwischendurch eher „zeittypische“ Americana oder sehr traditionell orientiert mit etwas Bluegrass-Einfluß (höheres Tempo) oder Country & Western-Anleihen. Gelegentlich vermeine ich eine gewisse Seelenverwandtschaft zu John Prine oder zur ruhigen Emmylou zu hören. Und einige der Balladen kommen außerordentlich langsam. Bewegende becircende Musik voller Charakter und Seele, dicke Empfehlung! (detlev von duhn)

Review

Her new album, Songs From the River Wind, is what she calls her love letter to the Old West. It's composed of snapshots of the people and places, lives and loves lost and found over her years of wandering the West as a musical minstrel, searching for her heart's home. Feeling the need to take a little break from the socio-political music that she felt compelled to write for her last six albums, the twice Grammy-nominated artist moved her base from Austin, TX to Taos, NM. Inspired by memories of characters and events that birthed her enduring love affair with the West, the songs span 40 years - from originals to vintage classics - and culminates with her recent decision to relocate permanently to Taos, where she is sinking down deep roots at long last. With a nod to her dad, folksinger Terry Gilkyson and his 1950s folk group "The Easy Riders," who recorded original and traditional folk songs with a distinctive western flavor, Eliza joined forces with her old friend Don Richmond to produce the record, enlisting Don's much loved Southwest band "The Rifters" to sing backup harmonies. The group shines on Eliza's version of The Easy Riders' version of the traditional tune, "Wanderin.'" "The 'Rifters' are like the twenty-first century version of the 'Easy Riders,'" Eliza says. "My dad would have loved them, and to have them sing and play on this record with me is icing on the cake. It's all part of bringing these disparate parts of myself together and bringing my past into my present as a songwriter and as a whole person. It has been an enlightening adventure for me." As always, Eliza enlists top-notch musicians for the sessions, with cameos from Warren Hood on fiddle, Kym Warner on mandolin, and Michael Hearne on vocals. Songs from the River Wind finds Eliza performing old and new originals, select cover songs that fit the theme, and a few adaptations of venerable old cowboy tunes adapted to a female perspective, including "Buffalo Gals Redux" and "The Colorado Trail."

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