Star Tribune, Twin Cities http://www.startribune.com/stories/389/3197285.html Pick Six: Cool things in music, from two viewpoints Published Sep 1, 2002 SIX01 AMessage 1 of 16 , Sep 1, 2002View SourceStar Tribune, Twin Cities
Pick Six: Cool things in music, from two viewpoints
Published Sep 1, 2002
A half-dozen cool things in the world of music,
observed from two points of view:
Boz Scaggs, Historic Orpheum Theatre. His voice was magic. At almost 60,
he sounds like he did in the '70s. I did not want the concert to end. His
new CD, "Dig," is a winner, too.
"American Idol." My kids made me start watching this TV talent hunt
against my will. Now I'm hooked. It's a fun show for all ages.
John Mayer, "Room for Squares." He's one of the best new artists to hit
the airwaves in many years. His cool, kinda jazzy sound is played all over
the radio. My 8-year-old and my teens even enjoy his music.
-- Laurie Feldman Sorensen, Mendota HeightsTo contribute, e-mail:
Santana, Xcel Energy Center. On the last night of this tour, Carlos
Santana seemed especially inspired. Loved the way he snuck in guitar
snippets of Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love" and Sheila E's "A Love Bizarre"
into "Oye Como Va."
Sign-language interpreters, Bonnie Raitt concert. Linda Gill and Ruth
Boettcher were really getting into signing Raitt's songs at the State Fair.
(They came to dance .) Before Raitt played the salacious romp "Gnawin' on
It," she said she'd be watching the signer's, um, interpretation.
Afterward, the star requested a videotape.
"Going Driftless: An Artist's Tribute to Greg Brown." Brown's croaky
voice is an acquired taste but this collection of his songs interpreted by
women (Lucinda Williams, Shawn Colvin, Iris DeMent, Ani DiFranco, Mary
Chapin Carpenter, etc.) proves that he is a masterful songwriter, an
uncomplicated, romantic poet of depth, insight and conscience. (Due Sept.
10 on Red House Records.)
-- Jon Bream, Star Tribune
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Certainly, it would be hard to imagine a better tribute than this one,
which features consistently top-notch performances by both well-known and
obscure female singer/songwriters. Most of Brown's best tracks are here,
and they convey the full range of his talent -- the indelible melodies, the
eye for detail, the ability to convey emotion, and the humor that runs
through much of his work. Among the highlights: Lucinda Williams' reading
of "Lately," which sounds so perfectly matched to her style that it could
have been issued from her pen; Iris Dement's cover of "The Train Carrying
Jimmie Rodgers Home," one of several tracks here that has the same sort of
timeless feeling you get from the Band's music; and Shawn Colvin's lovely
take on the lilting "Say a Little Prayer."
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The Chicago Sun-Times
September 6, 2002
**** Various artists, "Going Driftless: An Artist's Tribute to Greg Brown"
The strength of a great tribute album lies in its ability to offer
reinterpretations of a given artist's songbook. The 14 women who tackle
songs by singer/songwriter Greg Brown on the magical disc, "Going
Driftless," use their own unique styles to create an enthralling musical
landscape. Now told from a female perspective, the songs take on a new
romantic sheen grounded in Brown's take on the variables of the human
condition. For more than 20 years in his native Iowa, Brown has been
quietly creating honest, no-frills folk-roots music that has become a
standard for younger generations of performers. His songbook is deep and
rich and each woman artist has taken time to find the song that resonates
to them personally. The musical styles are a varied lot, a tribute to the
strength of women in Americana. There isn't a weak song in the bunch which
includes Ani DiFranco's "The Poet Game," Lucinda Williams' "Lately," "Eliza
Gilkyson's "Sleeper," Lucy Kaplansky's "Small Dark Move," Robin Lee Berry's
"Hey Baby Hey," Iris DeMent's "The Train Carrying Jimmie Rodgers Home" and
Mary Chapin Carpenter's "Spring & All." All royalties from the disc will go
to the Breast Cancer Fund in honor of Brown's late friend and soulmate
Widdie Hall, the founder of the Folkway listening room in Peterborough, N.H.
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Going Driftless: An Artist's Tribute to Greg Brown
our grade: A-
Artist / Band: Various Artists
Record Label: Red House Records
Release Date: September 10, 2002
Tribute albums are usually a drag: a bunch of hastily-organized stars doing
lesser versions of some underappreciated artist's life's work. But Going
Driftless is a tribute album with a difference. Not only is the subject
worthy--obscure folky Greg Brown has great songs, a sandpaper baritone and
is best known for Willie Nelson covering one of his songs--but it doubles
as a benefit album for breast-cancer research. So, it only sweetens the
deal to discover the people at work here are sophisticated ladies like
Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch and Mary Chapin Carpenter. The O Sisters'
earnest, emotional readings of Brown's barren songs work as a perfect
homage. No doubt about it, taste-conscious American-roots-music fans are
gonna dig this.
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Going Driftless: An Artist's Tribute To Greg Brown
What it is: A CD on which Shawn Colvin, Ani DiFranco and Lucinda Williams
cover songs by folk singer Brown. $18; redhouserecords.com
What it gives: 100% of royalties to the Breast Cancer Fund to honor Widdie
Hall, a friend of Brown's who died from breast cancer in 1988.
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from Jim Musser's Music Beat column
Thursday, September 12, 2002
'Going Driftless: An Artist's Tribute To Greg Brown'
Red House Records
It's surely no secret to folks around these parts that Greg Brown is one of
the finest American singer/songwriters going, but even the most fanatic of
"Greg-heads" may be a bit surprised to find just how widely that opinion is
held - and by his peers in particular.
Indelible proof of that respect can be found all over "Going Driftless," a
stunning, 58-plus minute collection of 14 of Brown's songs sung by some of
the most wonderful female vocalists on the planet.
The tunes selected by the individual artists span from 1981 to 2000 and
will be very familiar to fans; the revelations come in hearing them
presented from a woman's point of view.
Space limitations prevent going into depth on all of the songs, and each
and every one is so well-executed and delivered with such grasp and command
that to focus on just a few would be a disservice to those left out, so
I'll merely list the artists with their tracks in the order they appear.
Lucinda Williams leads off with "Lately," followed by Ani DiFranco ("The
Poet Game"), Iris Dement ("The Train Carrying Jimmie Rodgers Home"), Ferron
("Where Is Maria?"), Eliza Gilkyson ("Sleeper"), Greg's daughters Pieta,
Zoe & Constie Brown ("Ella Mae"), Gillian Welch ("Summer Evening"), Lucy
Kaplansky ("Small Dark Movie"), Mary Chapin Carpenter ("Spring & All"),
Shawn Colvin ("Say A Little Prayer"), Victoria Williams ("Early"), Karen
Savoca ("Two Little Feet"), Robin Lee Berry ("Hey Baby Hey"), and Leandra
Peak ("Wash My Eyes"). Yikes.
The elegant packaging includes a booklet with an introduction by Eric
Peltoniemi, a dedication by Brown and complete personnel listings, as well
as photos and brief bios of all of the contributing singers.
"Going Driftless" is dedicated to the late Widdie Hall, founder of
Peterborough, N.H.'s legendary listening room, The Folkway, and a close
friend and soulmate of Brown's until her life was cut short by breast
cancer. In her memory, Brown's royalties from the disc are being donated to
the Breast Cancer Fund of San Francisco.
Jim Musser's Music Beat column appears in Info to GO! every Thursday. You
can reach him by writing to 1100 Arthur St. B5, Iowa City, Iowa 52240-6606,
calling 354-6123, or sending e-mail to jmussa@...
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Going Driftless: An Artist's Tribute To Greg Brown
Red House Records RHRCD145
Let's be honest - sadly, tribute records like this usually come about after
the artist has died. How nice that Red House Records decided that, after
sixteen albums, it was time to stand back and take stock of Greg Brown's
contribution to American roots music. The Iowan folk singer's music has
been covered by the likes of Willie Nelson and Carlos Santana, and he
thought it would be an interesting idea to hear his music interpreted by
female artists. Quickly some of the finest and grittiest contemporary
female singer-songwriters were signed up, including Lucinda Williams, Ani
Di Franco, Eliza Gilkyson, Iris DeMent, Gillian Welch, Shawn Colvin and
Mary Chapin Carpenter.
The beauty of the album is that each simply played, simple folk song
perfectly matches the experience and style of its singer. As such it is as
much an introduction to the music of its contributors as it is to Greg
Brown. Summer Evening is just the sort of sweet, drowsy country song which
Gillian Welch does so well throughout her body of work, Iris DeMent's
version of The Train Carrying Jimmie Rodgers Home is typically raw and
lonesome and in Lately, Lucinda Williams brings all her emotive expression
to "we could have di-i-i-ied/ dancing in each other's arms".
Ella Mae, a very personal song about Brown's grandmother, is performed by
the least established artists on the album, his daughters Zoe, Pieta and
Constie. Chilling harmonies and poignant lyrics ("All the gifts you gave/
Tremble in my life like a startled deer/ You gave me my Pa/ Who is in me as
you are") drift over sparse acoustic guitar and gently bowed cello to make
it one of the real highlights on this collection.
The name Going Driftless is taken both from a song featured on his 1994
album, Poet Game, and from the Driftless Region, a borderland where
Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Brown's native state of Iowa, all meet,
which will always be home to Brown. Interestingly no one has chosen this
song on the album, perhaps they felt that his original couldn't be bettered?
Sue Keogh - September 2002
I was just listening to Going Driftless and my tears washed my eyes. Hearing the angelic voices of the lovely ladies singing some of my favorite Greg BrownMessage 1 of 16 , Mar 21, 2003View SourceI was just listening to "Going Driftless" and my tears washed my
eyes. Hearing the angelic voices of the lovely ladies singing some of
my favorite Greg Brown tunes touches my heart anytime, but even more
today. Leandra Peak's version of "Wash My Eyes" ran clear and true
and proclaimed what anyone with families of their own must feel at
this terrible time. "Say A Little Prayer", sung by Shawn Colvin, must
be the thoughts of many Iraqi moms and dads as they try to comfort
their dear ones. A sickness threatens their babies, but it is not of
the viral or bacterial kind, it is the sickness of greed, racism, and
evil. "The Master's of War" come in uniforms of all insignias, but
the faces of the innocent victims come in all ages, colors, speaking
all languages. As a mom of draft aged sons, I do not look down on the
American men and women following orders, but instead on the order
givers. I look forward to seeing Greg and Co. at the Mill, reminding
me of what is important in this world, babies, making love, sons,
daughters, all my dear friends I have the pleasure of knowing
throughout the world saying the same works of love and peace in many
languages, grandma, guitars, mom, dad, my cats, dogs, corny yeah, but
it sure beats the mentality of propaganda that allows senseless
unprovoked violence and hypocrisy of selecting targets that most
benefit the pockets of the fat-cats under the holy flag of green$$$.
Meanwhile the little people have trouble paying for medical care,
rent, heat, food, even of "The Cheapest Kind", so here's to Greg Brown
and his anthems of LOVE, LIFE, and being rich in daughters(and sons).
Let's realize that sons and daughters are priceless, more precious
than a googleplex of Oil Wells. Say a