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Calling Me Home [Alice Gerrard]


  • 1. Calling Me Home
    2. Farewell My Home
    3. Girl of Constant Sorrow
    4. Old Virginia Hills
    5. Galax Waltz
    6. When I Stop Dreaming
    7. Little Dove, The
    8. When My Ship Came Back to Shore
    9. Memories of Mother and Dad
    10. Weary Blues from Waiting
    11. Another Cheater (Just Lost the Game Again)
    12. Worn out Getting Wise
    13. If I Play with Fire
    14. Skipping School
    15. Long, Lonesome Way
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 225

  • Credits
    Producer
    EngineerJim Nunally; Jerry Brown

    Personnel: Alice Gerrard (vocals, baritone, guitar, fiddle); Alice Gerrard; Jim Watson (vocals, tenor, double bass); Eric Thompson, Eric & Suzy Thompson (guitar, mandolin); John Worthington (guitar); Gail Gillespie (tenor guitar, banjo); Suzy Thompson (fiddle, accordion, background vocals); Andy Leftwich (fiddle, background vocals); Rex McGee, Brad Leftwich (fiddle); Steven Strauss (double bass); Kate Brislin (background vocals); Leroy Savage (vocals); Jody Stecher (guitar, banjo, mandolin); Carl Jones (guitar, mandolin); Tom Sauber (banjo); Mike Auldridge (mandolin); Mike Craver (piano).
    Audio Mixers: Alice Gerrard; Jerry Brown.
    Liner Note Author: Laurie Lewis.
    Recording information: Crockett, CA; The Rubber Room, Chapel Hill, NC.
    Photographer: Alice Gerrard.
    Arrangers: Alice Gerrard; Tom Sauber.
    While Alice Gerrard is well known in traditional music circles thanks to her pioneering work with Hazel Dickens and her editorship of The Old-Time Herald, no one can accuse her of over-recording. Her last solo album, after all, was Pieces of My Heart, released in 1996. Calling Me Home, then, is a welcome addition of what one has come to expect from Gerrard's slender catalog: sensitive readings of old-time classics against a backdrop of spare acoustic music. The success of a song like "Old Virginia Hills" doesn't come from a radical new approach, but from the simplicity of Gerrard's down-to-earth vocal, the guitar and mandolin backing, and the presence of singer Brad Leftwich on the choruses. To borrow an overused term, the results sound natural. On occasion, Gerrard steps away from strict old-time to deliver slightly more modern fare, though it's unlikely that anyone but the strictest traditionalist will notice. There's a great version of the Louvin Brothers' "When I Stop Dreaming" and a bluesy take on Hank Williams' "Weary Blues from Waiting." Within the context of the vocals and instrumental work, however, one would never mistake either song as '50s-styled country music. While Gerrard's tendency to record sporadically may be connected with the excellence of the albums she releases, Calling Me Home will leave listeners wishing they were more frequent. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.

  • Critic Reviews
    Dirty Linen (pp.50-51) - "This is a finely varied and lovingly performed album, highly recommended."
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