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The Northeast Kingdom *


  • 1. Dar Glasgow
    2. Rose in the Vine
    3. If Wishes Were Horses
    4. Northeast Kingdom
    5. Black Eyed Susie
    6. Crawling
    7. Hatfield Side, The
    8. White Lies
    9. Dead Man's Curve
    10. All Blue
    11. Sweetheart
    12. Black Eyed Susie Reprise
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 51057

  • Credits
    ProducerTwangtrust
    EngineerRay Kennedy

    Personnel: Cheri Knight (vocals, Hammond B-3 organ, bass, hand claps); Emmylou Harris, Siobhan Kennedy (vocals); Mark Spencer (vocals, acoustic, 6- & 12-string & resonator guitars, 6-string bass, shaker) Steve Earle (vocals, acoustic 6- & 12-string & high-string guitars, bouzouki, harmonium, cowbell, hand claps); Jimmy Ryan (vocals, mandolin); Tammy Rogers (violin); Tommy Hannum (pedal steel guitar); Edward Foote (hurdy gurdy); Gary Tallent (bass); Will Rigby (drums, percussion, shaker, percussion); Ray Kennedy (tambourine, percussion, rocks, hand claps); Pat Earle (China cymbal).
    Recorded at Room & Board, Nashville, Tennessee.
    All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
    Although Knight is sometimes classified as something of a maverick modern country artist, her sound is too eclectic to be categorized as country. It's better thought of, perhaps, as extremely ambitious, smart mainstream pop with a lot of indie rock and country elements. If this is the direction country or Nashville might go in (it was produced in Nashville and features Steve Earle on guitar throughout), one can only applaud heartily. On this album, she's developed into a really fine singer/songwriter whose compositions and throaty vocal delivery project a wise weariness. The sound is quite varied by either country or rock standards, from the near-Celtic drone of "Dar Glasgow" and the Byrdsy jangle of "Rose in the Vine" to the Appalachian pluck of "The Hatfield Side" and "Crawling" (one of a couple tunes with Emmylou Harris on backup vocals). Both "Crawling" and "Northeast Kingdom" are particular standouts, compelling songs of troubled relationships with fresh lyrical twists, and with enough hooks to grab rock and pop ears; "White Lies," on the other hand, is an upbeat number that has the makings of a modern honky tonk classic. ~ Richie Unterberger

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (2/98, p.107) - 8 (out of 10) - "...Knight doesn't worry hick cred, even though she raises flowers in the Berkshires....Her voice convincingly affectless amid the album's swirl of fiddle, mandolin, Beatles riffs, and Crazy Horse guitars, Knight simply sings what she knows and what she suspects, right down to the flower petals."
    Entertainment Weekly (2/13/98, pp.68-69) - "...The hard-country arrangments, which swerve into sawdust honky-tonk or old-timey, never feel like re-creations of archaic mountain music....It feels both traditional and contemporary--a vintage John Deere tractor, refurbished with a Porsche engine." - Rating: A-
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