Fred Gillen Jr. | Grace

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by Fred Gillen Jr.

A guy with a guitar pouring his heart out.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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Album Notes
"Grace" is the fourth full-length CD released by Fred Gillen Jr. It was recorded live in the studio, solo/ acoustic because this group of songs seemed to call for that. The lyrics needed to be out front. It is a pretty heavy record lyrically, but it attempts to hold some truths up to the light for examination. Musically it is sparse and raw, and the live energy comes through. Dan Bern has a song where he says "I have a dream of a new pop music that tells the truth with a good beat and some nice harmony" If this CD fits a genre then this quote describes that genre. Fortunately there are currently lots of artists out there working in this genre because the world needs to hear the truth. If you like "Grace" then check out Dan Bern, Martin Sexton, Leonard Cohen, and of course Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, and see where this music comes from. Thanks for listening!

If you're scared just take a look at this nut with a guitar
singing of his sins and opening his scars
packing all his cares into a battered old car and just driving
Just driving, and driving and going nowhere
And sometimes I get tired of singing these same songs
sometimes after all this time they still sound wrong
you'd think that I could get it right and finally move on
so I keep trying and trying and trying but still I fail
Fred Gillian Jr. is a power folk poet. Armed with a guitar and harmonica, he deals with everything he's seen and done by singing about it. It's not always easy to hear. Cancer wards where doctors learn to lie and oncologists drink themselves sick because they couldn't save a couple of lives. The slow infiltration of evil in the world. Alcoholism and drug addiction. He holds everything up and exposes it to the light. It's a hard truth, but I just want to keep listening.
There's a vulnerability in his voice and a refusal to step down in the face of fear. I keep thinking of Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie. After a while, I get the feeling of hope that always emerges when the ugly truth is stared down. "Famous" is a good example - a much-needed, realistic voice crying out in a wilderness of celebrity worship. A quiet sense of perspective in the face of glamorama.
It's not easy to be famous in this world
nearly impossible to be rich and still find freedom.
Happiness comes easy when there's nothing left to lose
but it doesn't come when there's nothing left to gain.
"Mrs. Waters," sad as it is, is another example. This is an affectionate look at a widow, seeing the woman who is out of reach because of the way she mourns:
No one else could be as holy as you were to me
though you're probably just like every widow, waiting patiently
for the angels with their wings aflame
flying through your window pane
answering your calls and finally taking you back to Mr. Waters
His fingers fly on the guitar as he tells his stories. This is pure, honest, acoustic folk storytelling with a gritty edge. It stays with you. Jennifer Layton, Indiemusic,com 8/09/03



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