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Betty's Diner: The Best of Carrie Newcomer

  • 1. Toward the Horizon - (previously unreleased)
    2. Betty's Diner - (previously unreleased)
    3. Bowling Baby - (previously unreleased)
    4. I'll Go Too
    5. Bare to the Bone
    6. When It's Gone It's Gone
    7. Love Is Wide
    8. Gathering of Spirits, The
    9. Hold On
    10. I Should've Known Better
    11. Moon Over Tucson, The
    12. When One Door Closes
    13. Threads
    14. Yes of Yes, The
    15. Only One Shoe
    16. Straight to the Point
    17. My Father's Only Son
    18. Three Women
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CDPH711245

  • Credits
    ProducerDave Weber; Mark Anthony Williams; Michael Graham; Robert Meitus; Carrie Newcomer
    EngineerDave Weber; Mark Anthony Williams; Michael Graham

    Personnel: Carrie Newcomer (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar); Donald Lawrence , Alison Krauss (vocals); Keith Skooglund (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo); Jason Wilber (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Sandy Williams (electric guitar); Chris Wagner (lap steel guitar, mandolin, violin); Jason Wilbur (mandolin); Grey Larson (fiddle, flute, concertina); Andre Gaskins, Polina Unamsky, Mary Gaines (cello); Tom Clark (saxophone); Mark Buselli (trumpet); Brent Wallarab (trombone); David Wierhake, Winton Reynolds, Gary Walters, Richard Putnam (piano); Michael Read (Wurlitzer organ, keyboards); Jeff Hedback (acoustic bass, electric bass); Jeff Farias (acoustic bass); Jamey Reid, Jim Brock, Dane Clark (drums, percussion).
    Audio Mixers: Dave Weber; Mark Anthony Williams; Michael Graham; Robert Meitus ; Carrie Newcomer.
    Audio Remasterer: Greg Calbi.
    Liner Note Authors: Parker J. Palmer; Carrie Newcomer.
    Recording information: Airtime Studio, Bloomington, IN; Echo Park Studios, Bloomington, IN; Reflection Studios, Charlotte, NC; Silo Studio, Indianapolis, IN; The Lodge, Indianapolis, IN.
    Photographer: Seor McGuire.
    Artist-chosen best-of recordings can be problematic because though in some way the artist is uniquely qualified to know what worked and what didn't, she isn't always party to the knowledge of what connects with audiences. This 17-track best-of is rather strange. For those who are unacquainted with the work of Carrie Newcomer, there is little incentive to purchase this. Like many of her peers, Newcomer takes herself very seriously in virtually every song she writes, and her delivery is that of the "classic" impassioned and intimate, post-1970s singer/songwriter. If it comes off as narcissistic, that's because it is impossible to write songs like this without being so. The reliance on individual discovery and revelation is a bit insular even as it tries to engage the world outside, hence making her oeuvre a shelf of politically correct (the 20th century's inadvertent contribution to cultural censorship), granola-coated relativist spiritual observations about life in the process of being lived every day, with only tiny, incongruant messes revealed for the like-minded listener to garner requisite empathy for. In other words, don't look for challenges to any real status quo here, left, right or center. However, there are literally legions of listeners for whom this music comes off as sincere, honest, and drenched in truth, and one would have a hard time arguing with them because Newcomer is about as far from cynical as you can get. For these people, this collection will come off as a treasure trove, with a few items that perhaps should have been included, left off, and some on that should have been left off, but that is the standard quibble with such collections. Newcomer's generosity as an artist does come off in spades and off-kilter as she opens the album with three unreleased songs unique to this set, giving the faithful who have bought her nine previous outings something special for their money. As is evidenced by the track list, Newcomer has a way of seeing her work holistically and as a continuum, and her selections reflect this, along with a wry sense of humor and her obvious spiritual and social convictions. ~Thom Jurek

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