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Sara Grey with Kieron Means – Down in Old Dolores (2013)

27-05-2014, 13:25
Music | Folk | Country

Sara Grey with Kieron Means – Down in Old Dolores (2013)

Artist: Sara Grey with Kieron Means
Title Of Album: Down in Old Dolores
Year Of Release: 2013
Label: Fellside Recordings
Genre: Folk, Country, Singer-Songwriter
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Total Time: 54:40 Min
Total Size: 133 Mb


1. The Ballad of Lost John Dean
2. The Colorado Trail
3. Bright Sunny South
4. Lonesome Roving Wolves
5. Johnson Boys
6. Bull Doze Blues
7. Old Dolores
8. Cherry River Line
9. Belle Star
10. The Boaster
11. Black Bear on the Mountain
12. Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie
13. The Yankee and the Unicorn
14. Merry Willow Tree
15. Rocky Island

American-born Sara Grey not only gives great value as in quality of item, but she also shares much knowledge via her track-by-track liner notes of a generous 15 track album. Steeped in historic worth and reference points of America during its ever-changing youth, as Civil War soldiers, prize fighters, gunmen, robbers and cowboys among others figure in songs gathered from the four quarters of the US.

Means is in step with Grey every step as wondrous performances of the likes the jaunty ”Johnson Boys“, potent blues ”Bull Doze Blues“, western delight, sung acappella fashion ”Old Dolores“ are aired. Written by James Grafton Rogers and learnt from Harry Tuft I recall another fine version of the song by the late, Utah (Bruce) Phillips likewise giving me great pleasure. Grey's relaxed, easy as the proverbial old shoe inimitable vocals not only enjoy the accompaniment of Means and her banjo but fine fiddle of Ben Paley (son of traditional musician Tom Paley) as one fabulous tale after another unfolds.
Amidst the historic tales you have instrumental ”Black Bear Of The Mountain“, which like the amazing funny ode ”The Boaster” (acappella) that took Grey two-months to learn and bright and cheerful ”The Merry Willow Tree“ to ensure the album never (in a million years) becomes one dimensional. Far from it as Grey, who on given a song of worth she will shape it to suit her needs and invariably make it better! Such is the warm beautiful tone of her singing and playing. Candidates include a banjo led version of ”The Ballad Of Long Lost John Dean” (as recorded not that long ago by Americana act Kieran Kane) that speaks about a black slave who out-smarted the hounds and owners when he took to the water. Grey’s simplistic version of ”The Colorado Trail”; aided by sensitive vocal harmonies and guitar produces great warmth. ”Bright Sunny South“ is another fine entry, while with a dash of adventure Woody Guthrie's ”Belle Starr“ has Grey head out west. There are more like it too as yet more rare treasures are unearthed and heard in great splendour. Now sit back, read Sara’s beautiful liner notes and savour some fantastic traditional music.

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