Colleen Anderson and George Castelle | Going Over Home

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Going Over Home

by Colleen Anderson and George Castelle

Colleen's lyrics are poetic and straight-from-the-heart, and her intimate, mellow voice is perfectly complemented by George Castelle's acoustic guitar. Several of these songs have been featured on Mountain Stage and The Folk Sampler.
Genre: Folk: Gentle
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1. This Old Canoe
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2. Over the Falls
3:36 $0.99
3. My Heart's Not in It Yet
2:55 $0.99
4. Coming Back to Bed
3:49 $0.99
5. Wayfaring Stranger
4:06 $0.99
6. Go Down to the River
3:11 $0.99
7. Riding Across America
4:18 $0.99
8. Picture of Light
2:36 $0.99
9. The Science Song
2:03 $0.99
10. Flower in the Fall
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11. Topsy Turvy World
4:06 $0.99
12. Give Yourself to Love
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13. Y'all Come Back
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Album Notes
Guitarist George Castelle and I worked with our producer and friend Jim Martin for almost two years to produce this collection of songs. Most are my compositions, although we also included one Kate Wolf song ("Give Yourself to Love") and the traditional ballad from which we took the name of the album. Going Over Home was released in November 2001. Several of the songs in this collection have been featured on Public Radio International's internationally syndicated live music program "Mountain Stage" as well as on "The Folk Sampler." The album includes guest performances by Bob Thompson, Jim Martin, Julie Adams, Charlotte Moellendick, Laura Harbert Allen, and some other good friends and great musicians.

Here's what people are saying about Going Over Home:

"The interplay between Anderson's vocals and George Castelle's beautiful, sturdy guitar work has an intimacy and warmth not often captured on record." - Michael Shannon Friedman, reviewer for The Charleston Gazette

Colleen Anderson is the real thing. The depth and sensitivity in music are rare.” - Roger Bryant, Real Country Magazine

"Your songs speak to my heart and I sing along with total abandon." - Dorinda Wilson, MI

"I have my stereo set on 'repeat' because I want to listen to your music over and over." - Beth Cahape, WA

BIO INFO ABOUT COLLEEN: Colleen Anderson is a designer, performer, workshop leader, and writer. She owns Mother Wit Writing and Design, a creative studio in Charleston. She performs frequently with guitarist George Castelle and also with Julie Adams and Karen Vuranch.

As a designer, Anderson has some 30 years of experience, including 17 years as designer of Goldenseal, the state’s folklife magazine, for which she has also been a contributing writer. Her designs have won awards from West Virginia Communicators and the National Federation of Press Women.

For more than 20 years, Anderson has led creative writing workshops in West Virginia, including many weeklong and eight-week workshops for teen and adult writers, respectively. With Julie Adams, she has led several workshops that concentrated on folk song and songwriting at Michigan State University. She and Adams are also co-leaders of an annual weeklong songwriting workshop at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico.

Anderson’s songs have been featured on Public Radio International’s Mountain Stage and The Folk Sampler, and she has produced two albums of original songs, Fabulous Realities (1991) and Going Over Home (2001). Her song “West Virginia Chose Me” is included in several anthology recordings of West Virginia music, and two others have won the FOOTMAD songwriting contest and qualified for the semi-finals in the Mountain Stage NewSong performing songwriter competition.

Anderson’s other published and/or broadcast writing includes a decade of editorial copywriting for the state’s official travel guide, West Virginia Wild & Wonderful (honored as the Best State Travel Guide in 2005); restaurant reviews for Mid-Atlantic Country Magazine; more than 100 essays for West Virginia Public Radio, two of which won national awards; and dozens of short stories and poems, including publications in Redbook, Arts & Letters, Kestrel, Antietam Review, and others. Her article “A Pawpaw Primer” has been chosen for inclusion in Cornbread Nation III: The Best of Southern Food Writing. Anderson’s writing has earned two $3,500 artist fellowships from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts (1994, playwriting, and 2000, nonfiction). She received a residency fellowship from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation artists’ retreat in Taos, NM in 2007.

BIO INFO ABOUT GEORGE: George Castelle has been performing guitar and piano in a variety of settings since the mid-1960's. When not performing with Colleen, George is the Chief Public Defender in Charleston, West Virginia, and has been an adjunct lecturer at the West Virginia University College of Law. In recent years he received national recognition for exposing crime lab fraud and freeing innocent prisoners wrongfully convicted by false scientific data. His work has been featured on 60 Minutes, Dateline, 48 Hours, and Court TV.



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Jane Broadwater

Colleen is our favorite storyteller!
When I listen to "Going Over Home," I believe Colleen and George understand how it is to "go over the falls for love." They can take me with them, all right. Yet here is also eeazy listens to loads of different people. Quirky, or just calmer and more heart-full than we're accustomed to, these simple and pretty originals are not too sticky-sweet and not too whiny. The trad title song has the "pure drop" of the ancient ways.

Dorothy Brooks

Going Over Home
Oh my, the pure ballads on this album stand out natural and strong! The blend of Colleen's seemingly effortless vocals embroiderd at times by melting harmony from Julie Adams and the fine acoustic guitar work of George Castelle simply are enough, requiring no more, no more. If there ever was a wordsmith it's Colleen, and in this style of song it's most possible to enjoy her lyrics to the max.
Not that there isn't variety though, with upbeat tunes and also a few from other writers (and most memorably, the haunting read of Wayfaring Stranger). Colleen's art of turning phrases into such believable stories leaves you coming back again and again to wonder about poor Annie who went over Niagara Falls for love, and to smile gently at the warm subtlety of Coming Back to Bed.
But my favorite is Flower in the Fall - set in nature's charmed season, with its parallel of memories of past love recurring in and out of time. Beautiful, and with just the right underlining of cello, blending in the background.
In complete contrast, for kickers the final Y'All Come Back is a classic toe-tappin', down-home mountain-fiddlin' frolic that leaves you grinning and with one thing in mind: simply wanting more!