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Where We Live * [Tanya Savory]

  • 1. Bluer
    2. Where We Live
    3. This Old Tree
    4. Carolina
    5. Nashville
    6. Losing Me
    7. Down at the Do Drop
    8. Biggest Share, The
    9. County Fair
    10. Any Way It Lands
    11. Road Was New, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 116 611 232-

  • Credits
    ProducerKim House
    EngineerBen Surratt

    Personnel includes: Tanya Savory (vocals, guitar); Jim Hurst (guitar); Michael Daly (pedal steel guitar); Pam Gadd (banjo, background vocals);
    Wanda Vick (dobro, mandolin); Deanie Richardson (fiddle); John Mock (whistle, harmonica, concertina); Kim House (piano); Missy Raines, Mark Burchfield (bass); Nancy Given Gardner (drums, percussion, background vocals); Pat McInerney (percussion); Claire Lynch (background vocals).
    Recorded at New River Studios, Hermitage, Tennessee. Inculdes liner notes by Claire Lynch.
    Personnel: Tanya Savory (guitar); John Mock (whistling, concertina, harmonium); Jim Hurst (guitar); Wanda Vick (dobro, mandolin); Pam Gadd (banjo); Deanie Richardson (fiddle); Eric Holt (organ); Nancy Given Gardner (drums, percussion); Pat McInerney (percussion).
    Audio Mixer: Ben Surratt.
    Liner Note Author: Claire Lynch.
    Recording information: New River Recording, Hermitage, TN.
    Photographer: Griffin Norman.
    The songs on Where We Live revolve around place and dislocation: remembrance is used as a way of honoring what's come before, and meditations dwell in times and places that have passed by barely noticed. As on her two previous releases, Tanya Savory continues looking toward location for identity and for minute details in big pictures. To that mix she adds some uncharacteristically biting criticism of her current hometown, Nashville, and it's sleek, pop-ensconced and inauthentic musical and cultural aesthetic. "All these folks from far away/in boots that they bought yesterday" sums up the town's tourism, and of it's current music scene she sings, "it lost the grit and it lost the twang.../can't understand how it took three guys to write that song." She also throws in some rare-to-her-material romantic love on "Losing Me," but manages to tie in a road metaphor when she likens looking for a relationship's end to putting an ear to a train track. Musically Where We Live combines piano balladry with traditional country and bluegrass instrumentation, and finds a low-key, folk-based groove akin to that of Nanci Griffith and John Gorka. ~ Travis Drageset

  • Critic Reviews
    NAPRA Review (07-08/02, p.60) - "...Blending elements of country, folk, bluegrass, and blues, Savory paints landscapes from the places she has been and catalogues the march of development..."
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