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John Shreve - Oftimes Do I Think Of Thee (2015)

11-07-2015, 20:28
Music | Folk | Country

John Shreve - Oftimes Do I Think Of Thee (2015)

Artist: John Shreve
Title Of Album: Oftimes Do I Think Of Thee
Year Of Release: 2015
Genre: Country/Folk
Label: Self Produced
Quality: MP3 320 kbps
Total Time: 43:39
Total Size: 101 MB

1. At My Window (2:43)
2. From Baltimore To Washington (2:19)
3. Columbus Stockade Blues (3:42)
4. Ezekiel Saw The Wheel (2:10)
5. Bury Me Beneath The Willow (2:02)
6. Hey Lolly Lolly Low (3:42)
7. Poor Boy (2:19)
8. Crawdad Song (3:25)
9. Lonesome Day (2:50)
10. What Did The Deep Sea Say (2:05)
11. Stepstone (2:24)
12. Little Black Train (1:49)
13. Foggy Mountain Top (2:44)
14. More Pretty Girls Than One/Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet (5:01)
15. Black Jack Davy (2:29)
16. Will You Miss Me (1:49)

John Shreve was raised in St. Joseph, Missouri. Every summer the family travelled to the West, to Colorado, the Yellowstone region, Montana and the Northwest Pacific coast. In 1968-1969, he spent a year as a foreign exchange student in Germany, attending school in Weilburg/Lahn. But he spent little time in school, preferring to hitchhike through most of Western Europe. After finishing high school in St. Joseph, he attended the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana, initially studying history. It was a time of political upheaval and protest against the war in Vietnam and for John Shreve it was a politically formative period.

Throughout the 1970s, he divided his time between Montana and Europe, living in West Germany, Sweden and France. He received a bachelors and a master's degree in German from the University of Montana and also attended the Phillipps-University in Marburg in West Germany and as a Fulbright scholar the Technical University in West Berlin.

Over the years, John Shreve has worked in a bread factory, in a library, as a printer's assistant, a dishwasher, a street musician, an English teacher, a janitor, a tour guide, a translator and at any number of other odd jobs.

John Shreve met his future wife in East Berlin in 1977. Until 1983, when his wife and daughter were allowed to emigrate, he regularly travelled between West and East Berlin. Soon thereafter a son was born. During these years he managed to be classified as a security risk by the CIA and was suspected of espionage by the East German State Security Service. Until his children entered school, he remained at home and took care of them.

The earliest musical influence was his grandfather, Ralph Layson, a Free Methodist lay preacher who sang religious songs. John's mother, Kay Shreve, was also a singer. In elementary school, music instruction consisted largely of singing folk songs and later John Shreve was strongly influenced by the recordings of Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Utah Phillips and Si Kahn. He recorded a collection of old and new folk songs, Thinking of Home, which is available as a music cassette. In 2004 and 2006 he released the CDs From Texas to Montana and Wild and Windy Places, two collections of songs, poems and instrumentals about the American West. His newest recording is collection of songs about life, death, faith and the grace of God, Leap of Faith. In 2015, John released his fourth CD, Oftimes Do I Think of Thee, a collection of old-time country songs.

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