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Darol Anger, Emy Phelps With:, Maeve Gilchrist, Bridget Kearney, Ethan Jodziewicz, Grant Gordy, Dominick Leslie, Gregory Liszt, Tony Trischka & Charlie Rose | Music of Our People: Songs of the Roaring Sixties

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Music of Our People: Songs of the Roaring Sixties

by Darol Anger, Emy Phelps With:, Maeve Gilchrist, Bridget Kearney, Ethan Jodziewicz, Grant Gordy, Dominick Leslie, Gregory Liszt, Tony Trischka & Charlie Rose

New American Acoustic String Music
Genre: Pop: 60's Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Up on the Roof
Darol Anger
4:51 album only
2. These Boots Were Made for Walkin’
Darol Anger & Emy Phelps
5:32 album only
3. The Wichita Lineman
Darol Anger & Emy Phelps
4:55 album only
4. Stone Soul Picnic
Darol Anger & Emy Phelps
6:30 album only
5. Killin' the Blues
Darol Anger & Emy Phelps
4:19 album only
6. Tattler / I Think It’s Gonna Work out Fine
Darol Anger & Emy Phelps
7:31 album only
7. You Keep Me Hangin' On
Darol Anger & Emy Phelps
3:58 album only
8. Stoney End
Darol Anger & Emy Phelps
6:39 album only
9. Ripple
Darol Anger & Emy Phelps
7:08 album only
10. Uncle John's Band
Darol Anger & Emy Phelps
9:39 album only
11. Bird on the Wire
Darol Anger & Emy Phelps
5:53 album only
12. Bots...stalkin' the Walk
Darol Anger
1:16 album only
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Album Notes
In the eight years that legendary fiddler Darol Anger and singer/songwriter Emy Phelps have worked together, they've played close to two hundred concerts and festivals in the US, Ireland, Australia and Spain, produced three full-length CDs and five themed shows: a winter holiday show, a Valentines' show, an orchestra show, and a tribute to Guy Clark, as well as Emy's original songs and Darol’s Republic Of Strings shows. This happened on top of Darol’s education work at Berklee, in international music festivals and clinics and his online school, and Emy’s work raising the last of her 4 children.

Anger & Phelps have also been working for the last 4 years on a monumental project of Music from the Nineteen-Sixties. Because of the iconic nature of this art, and the fact that it has been 50 YEARS since much of this music appeared, Darol and Emy now think of it as folk music, even though they are paying lots of well-deserved publishing royalties. Music of that era has shaped all music since then, and established a collection of styles that artists still create in. That’s why they’re calling the project Music Of Our People.

Anger & Phelps both grew up in a time when popular music was one of the most important cultural resources that you could experience. The music coming out of New York, Detroit, Memphis and later, England and California, changed people's lives. New ideas and sounds brought people together and galvanized political movements.
Darol: “People would wait for the next release of their favorite artist. If you lived through this time, you know what I'm talking about. The experience of laying on the floor or couch in bedrooms or living rooms, reading or just studying the cover art, listening deeply into the music, soaking up layers of meaning that may or may not have been there; building visceral memories… even memorizing the space between the tracks and places where the pops and cracks appeared.”
Emy: “We literally wore out albums because we loved them so much. How lucky we were to have time in our lives to experience music that way.”

Out of the maybe thousands of amazing & significant songs that appeared during that time, these are the songs that “showed up”. Anger & Phelps used their unique viewpoints and deep musical skills to re-create these songs in the New Acoustic style that Darol helped create, which has become a huge part of what people call Americana music.

Anger is not unfamiliar with themed projects like this. He released a much-loved collection of fiddle duets with all major fiddlers, and a folk music album of highly arranged material called Heritage, featuring Willie Nelson, Mavis Staples, Bela Fleck, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Tim O’Brien, Paul McCandless, David Lindley, Edgar Meyer, Victor Wooten, David Grisman and others. His experience with the many Windham Hill collections have served him well, and his Republic Of Strings band also recorded a number of songs from this era featuring vocaliists such as Aoife o’Donovan, Laurie Lewis, Sarah Watkins, and members of the Anonymous 4. Anger has helped drive the evolution of contemporary violin through pathbreaking ensembles such as his Republic Of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet, David Grisman’s Quintet, Montreux, Psychograss, and others. Composing and performing internationally since 1977, he has produced numerous important recordings. He often teaches at Berklee College and his online Fiddle School.
The musicians on Music Of Our People are all good friends, members of the very tight community of young brilliant acoustic musicians that has grown up from Darol’s original groups such as the David Grisman Quintet and Turtle Island, and most were not alive when this music was written. The core of Music Of Our People’s sound is Emy’s incredible voice, Darol’s unmistakable violin, and their patented guitar & octave mandolin weave that sets up everything else. At the foundation, an incredible collection of bassists: Bridget Kearny (Lake Street Dive), Ethan Jodziewicz (Sierra Hull, Mr Sun) and the Scottish bassist Aidan O’Donnell, some of the most powerful and expressive acoustic bassists ever. Darol has always used unexpected and uncommon acoustic instruments, based on the genius of the individual player. His discovery of the last decade has been the Celtic harp, played by Maeve Gilchrist. In her hands, it rivals any great jazz or rock piano playing. Darol: “Banjo has been part of life forever, and I got two real innovators: my old friend Tony Trischka and the amazing Crooked Still banjoist Gregory Lizst.” Some of the most interesting guests are unique artists like dancer Nic Gareiss, who contributes the boot sounds on These Boots are Made For Walking. Nashville singer-songwriter-producer Kai Welch plays glorious muted trumpet on Carole King’s urban classic Up On The Roof. Multi-instrumentalist and all-around Jamgrass MVP Charlie Rose plays Pedal Steel on two cuts. In the Sixties spirit, instruments such as Tablas, Foot percussion, Baritone Violin, Fuzz-Tenor Octave Ukelele, and Electric Screwdriver pop up everywhere.



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