Greg Hale Jones | Crossing the Willamette

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Crossing the Willamette

by Greg Hale Jones

News as of 8/13: "With Father in the Woods" is used in a new Captain Morgan Rum commercial. The full version can be seen on You Tube: This album was the follow up to "Now There is a Tree of Ghosts".
Genre: Blues: Blues Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Monticello Road
3:34 album only
2. Crossing the Willamette
3:38 album only
3. Boll Weevil
4:39 album only
4. Come Back Spirit
2:58 album only
5. With Father in the Woods
4:15 album only
6. How Could You Do It? (narrative)
1:19 album only
7. Ye Shall Destroy
2:26 album only
8. Cabin By The Mill
4:09 album only
9. 'Til My Dyin Day (with Ora Del Graham)
4:10 album only
10. Transparent as Glass
3:48 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Please note that with the re-release of this CD, track 10 is now an edited version of a song called "John the Revelator. It is now called "Transparent as Glass".

The actual CD includes a CD-sized booklet that contains lyrics for all of the songs.



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Jason Nadeau

Great execution of a wonderful concept--old and new meld with such beauty.
I first heard "Boll Weevil" on KCRW and I was hooked. There's such passion and soul in the old recordings that Greg samples--and then he blends them with fantastic beats and twangs. It's rare when you preview an album and your jaw drops in disbelief at how great it is. I'm buying this one right away. Can't wait for it to enrich my L.A. commute.


An Excellent Album
This is a beautiful, inspired album. The Lomax field recordings are not simply sampled, but instead made the centerpiece of each song. The music is atmospheric and evocative.


beautiful... absolutely perfect
everything is perfect... boll weevil in particular tho is one of the most beautiful songs ive ever heard... please buy this album NOW if you havent already!

Ashleigh Witt-Farris

Absolutely stunning......beautiful!!
I know, I know... everyone keeps mentioning Boll Weevil- but it is because it is so very deserving of our repeated respect and praise. That song HAUNTS me through out the day-Seriously! I can not begin to articulate how precious that song is. This CD is perfectly homogenized with amazing vocals and exquisite music. Monticello Rose invokes Sally to the listener. This CD has taken up permanent residency in my CD player.
CD Baby treated me like the CD buyer of the Year. Great communication, fast shipping and genius humor! I will definitely purchase all future Cd's from CD Baby!!

morton marks

Absolutely great!
Having first heard Moby's Play cd, I'm convinced Greg Hale Jones was the inspiration for his work, and probably also for Tangle Eye's re-mix of Lomax's Southern Journey recordings. These recordings by Jones are a fulfillment of something once written by Bela Balazs, a contemporary of Bartok: "We felt that the absolutely new could only be transplanted from the absolutely old." Jones's work is proof of that.


I love the plaintive tones of "Boll Weevil", one of the few songs that make me weep with joy. Greg, I love what you've done with those field recordings, and I know that Vera would too.

Owen Carver

Melody Working Soul Vocals
1940's Vocals inserted (Moby/Fatboy Slim style) into piano, guitar, banjo, and light blues melodies that run deep through America's southern roots. The songs transition between faint original LP recorded African American southern lyrics relating to farming into step rythmed drums and darker verses. Extremely well developed melody and instrumental transitions. This CD will help you appreciate new music styles.

George Evelyn

fabulous & haunting compilation of re-jiggered musical americana
CROSSING THE WILLAMETTE is the ultimate post-modern mash-up, in a good way. The album is a seamless mix of archival audio and imaginative arrangements, backed up with solid musical craftmanship and some really sweet vocals. I've only had it a week and already I've listened to it twenty times, each time hearing something new in its dense but precise layerings of sound. The re-animated folk tune BOLL WEEVIL is worth the price of admission alone, but the album, taken as a whole, is like some kind of starry-night road trip into the American zeitgeist. There's even a tiny hallucinatory manifestation by none other than Walt Whitman, his nineteenth-century accent crackling out of the infinite to reassure us all.

Paul Bergen

Clear air music
I already had his phenomenal Now There is a Tree of Ghosts and after a few years this became available again and it was certainly worth the wait. Its a little less traditional overall than the other one but other than the justly praised Boll Weevil I was blown away by With Father in the Woods. Its an original rather than sampled piece and plays off that curious mixture of hell centred gothic Christianity crossed with dark mythic ritual to render a song that runs shivers down your spine.

But what I like about all his work, other than seems so worthy (so respective) of its source material, is that it all sounds as though it was taking place in a sunlit space. Fresh air seems to blow through all his music...I've never had that feeling about any other music.

His death was a great loss to music.

Fernando Castroman

You will not be disapointed. GHJ mixes anthropological recordings with modern beats and instrumentation to create a unique, enchanting sound. A must!
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