A collection of 10 songs...new, old, blue and borrowed...a Spring Bouquet, dropped and trampled by the clumsy ring-boy...we gather them up again in tears, glaring at the drunken uncle who had tripped him in the aisle...the broken glance of despair...the fragile grip of the weary hopeful.
CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME
WHAT WOULD YOU GIVE
(Carr & Berry)
INTO THE LOWERING SKY
SHEEP MAY SAFELY...
KNOXVILLE GIRL (trad.)
DON & BETTY
FACE IN THE WINDOW
VOLUME OF A WEDGE
ARE YOU TIRED OF ME (trad.)
WAKE UP SMILIN'
We steer a different course on this recording, foregoing the technical security of 24 tracks and fix-it-in-the-mix. Instead, we invoke the Shroud of Memphis and set up at home. Steve plugs some good mics into a quiet board and runs directly into stereo DAT...no edits, no overdubs, no digital cut-and-paste. These are whole, live performances...what we play is what you get.
Special thanks, as always, to my musical partners: Dennis, David, Chris, and Stephen, for their beautiful, intelligent music, and for their courageous climb into these difficult songs; to the late John Duffy, for teaching me to play the mandolin and to love Bluegrass; to team Italia: Tonino, Umberto, Franco and Tommy, for keeping the faith in the art all of these years; to team trust, especially Marie, for taking care of the other hat while I worked on this recording; to Sandra Smith and Doug Porteous, for introducing me to Lowery's inscape; to Brenda, for kind and unflagging support, both personal and professional; to Dr. Steve, the Eye Guy, for the fine home page; to John and Paula, for the generous loan of their home; to our friends on Thetis, who inspired and informed many of these songs; and most of all, to...
Dedicated to the memory of Malcolm Lowery.
Cover Design: Tommy Demuro
Front and Back Cover Photographs: Milena Essig
Booklet Interior Photographs: David Borrowman