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I Carry All I Own

by Caroline Doctorow

Caroline Doctorow sings the songs of folk icon Mary McCaslin, with Pete Kennedy producing,
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Dust Devils
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2. Prairie in the Sky
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3. Way Out West
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4. Circle of Friends
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5. The Crossroads
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6. Young Westley
5:09 $0.99
7. Back to Salinas
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8. Northfield
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9. Down the Road
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10. Santana Song
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11. Music Strings
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Album Notes
I Carry All I Own...The Songs of Mary McCaslin #12 Folk Radio May 2012

Narrow Lane Records is pleased to announce the March 2012 release of Caroline Doctorow's stunning new album "I Carry All I Own…The Songs of Mary McCaslin". Produced by Pete Kennedy it is the much anticipated follow up to her critically acclaimed 2009 release "Another Country…The Songs of Richard and Mimi Fariña". I Carry All I Own is the second in a series of records that Doctorow plans to release showcasing the work of important iconic American folk songwriters not yet honored with retrospective -type albums. Another Country topped the folk radio airplay charts and was a top spin on Sirius/XM folk and LI Pulse called it "an album that enter the folk canon as one of the best collections of the recording of specific artists." New Times said "she takes the Fariñas timeless tunes and delivers them with a grace and eloquence that's pure and profound ".
   Before Nanci Griffith and a new generation of female singer songwriters emerged in the 1980s, folk singer Mary McCaslin along with fellow Californian Kate Wolf pioneered this genre in the 1970s'. Doctorow's I Carry All I Own opens with the haunting track Dust Devils. Doctorow's crystalline voice, McCaslin's thematic lyrics, and Kennedy's masterful musicianship and production all combine to form a cinematic soundscape conjuring up America's open plains, the expanse of the old west, and the call of the open road. The record mixes the better-known “Down The Road,” and “Young Westley” with some others “Santana Song” and “The Crossroad” which are a bit less familiar. Pete Kennedy, a wizard with any stringed instrument, proves again to be a master producer in crafting perfect musical settings for this wonderful meeting of Caroline’s pure voice and Mary’s great songs.  

I Carry All I Own rekindles the flame Mary brought to acoustic music in the 1970’s and serves as an outstanding tribute album to this important and American singer/songwriter…
Charlie Backfish/Sunday Street/WUSB Stony Brook

"It was Mary's McCaslin's Prairie in the Sky LP that inspired Ian Tyson ( "Four Strong Winds" ) to get back into writing cowboy songs again..."
Mike Regenstreif /Veteran music journalist and broadcaster

(Mary McCaslin's songs copyright © Folklore Music ASCAP)
*Young Westly Published by Other Music Inc.



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Mike Regenstreif

CAROLINE DOCTOROW-- I Carry All I Own: The Songs of Mary McCaslin
I Carry All I Own: The Songs of Mary McCaslin
Narrow Lane Records

Back in the 1970s, I was part of an extended circle of friends that spent a lot of time hanging around a barn in North Ferrisburg, Vermont – about a two-hour drive from Montreal – that had been converted into a recording studio and was home to Philo Records, one of the most interesting, and, for about 10 years, one of the most vital, of the folk-rooted record labels of the time.

Among the artists I became friends with was Mary McCaslin, an influential singer and songwriter and a guitarist known for her innovative use of open tunings. Several of Mary’s Philo recordings, in particular Way Out West and Prairie in the Sky, remain contemporary folk classics whose songs have turned up on recordings by such artists as Tom Russell, Gretchen Peters, Stan Rogers, Sneezy Waters, David Bromberg, Kate Wolf, and Bill Staines. Many of Mary’s songs featured imagery from the old and new west and her Prairie in the Sky LP inspired Ian Tyson to return to songwriting, thus precipitating the renaissance of cowboy culture.

Three years ago, contemporary singer-songwriter Caroline Doctorow released Another Country, an album of Richard and Mimi Fariña songs, the first in a series of planned tributes to artists who influenced her. I Carry All I Own: The Songs of Mary McCaslin is the second in the series and, like the Fariña tribute, it was produced by multi-instrumentalist Pete Kennedy. All of the back-up complementing Caroline’s voice and guitar on this CD is by Pete.

It’s a lovely tribute encompassing 10 songs drawn from three of Mary’s Philo albums from the ‘70s (one of which, Sunny California, was initially licensed to Mercury Records) and one from A Life and Time, a 1981 recording on Flying Fish (interestingly, both the Philo and Flying Fish catalogs were eventually absorbed by Rounder Records). Caroline’s singing and the arrangements remain faithful to Mary’s originals that they are instantly recognizable to those of us who knew this music back in the day and yet are just different enough that they have a contemporary freshness all their own.

While I really enjoyed the whole album, among my favourite tracks are “Circle of Friends,” which always reminds me of sitting up late at night with Mary and other friends from the era; “Young Westley,” a fictionalized outlaw-ballad-cum-love-song at least partially inspired by Mary’s early relationship with singer-songwriter Jim Ringer, to whom she was later married; and a beautifully dreamy, atmospheric rendition of “Prairie in the Sky.”

I’ve no doubt Mary will feel justifiably honoured by Caroline’s fine tribute.

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Charlie Backfish/Sunday Street /WUSB

I Carry All I Own
I Carry All I Own rekindles the flame Mary brought to acoustic music in the 1970s and serves as an outstanding tribute album to this important American singer/songwriter.