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Nightsongs

by Jan Hauenstein

Folkrock, some tunes that swing, some that rock, some bluesy songs, big voice, songs that will make you smile, one or two may bring a tear to your eyes - you might like this album.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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1. The Language of the Brain and the Language of the Heart
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2. Something Borrowed, Something Blue
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3. The Trembling
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4. Folsom Prison Blues
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5. Tina´s Happy Little Song
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6. The Heartache
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7. Burn Me Like Whisky
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8. November Rain
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9. An Old Man´s Complaint
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10. All Time Woman
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11. The Ballad of the Fair Lady and the Handsome Boy
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12. Night
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13. Bait Up
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14. Dillan Bay
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15. Song About a Good Man
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16. Waiting
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17. None but the Rain
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Eleven original songs, four of them co-written with my friends Fred Grittner, Terry Lee Ransom and Rex DeLong.
Six covers - Johnny Cash´s 'Folsom Prison Blues', Warren Zevon´s 'The Heartache', John Stewart´s 'All Time Woman',
Jez Lowe´s 'Bait Up', Gordon Bok´s 'Dillan Bay' and Townes Van Zandt´s 'None But The Rain'.
Fred and Charlie Woodward play guitars, mandolin and bass and Tamara Friedrichs sings. Sweet.
Wide range of topics - night scenes, love and the sadness, joy, hope and longing that it brings, a soldier home from the war who cannot come to terms with what he had to go through, old men reminiscing, and the odd whimsical song to boot.
The music soothes, rocks, swings, smiles, and there´s also the blues.
Ah, stop reading and listen. There´s a fair chance you will like what you hear.

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Terry Rasnom

Love this album
I confess I am a Jan Hauenstein long-time fan and tend to like everything he records. But, this album really hits everything I like. There are songs here that speak of heartache and longing, but also toe-tapping fun tunes that will tempt you to sing out loud. If you are drawn to the rich style of Leonard Cohen or Gordon Bok, you will love this album. Give it a try. As a bonus, you will experience the most unusual version of Folsom Prison Blues that you are ever likely to hear!
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Kate Snow

Lovely album of heartfelt songs
Jan has created an eminently listenable album of originals and covers that he makes his own. The Folsom Prison Blues is unlike any other version you will have heard, totally raucous and true to the spirit of the song. The Language of the Brain and The Language of the Heart speaks the universal language of relationships and the sometimes unbreachable gulf. Dillan Bay is a heartfelt lament for those who are gone, some from this life, some just gone. Tina's Happy Song is a delightful counterpoint to the deeper themes of most of these songs, as is Burn Me Like Whiskey. Another winner for Jan!
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Martha Ann Brooks

Nightsongs Plays Well Any Time of Day
17 songs! Quite a lot of good music for your money. The first song, "The Language of the Brain and the Language of the Heart," hit close to home! I always enjoy Jan' s originals because they cover such a wide range of topics. Listening to this music is a great break for me. I like to listen when I know I will not be interrupted so I can take in all the effort that goes into making a great body of work like this. The lyrics are spot on, the music well-played and arranged nicely, although I must say I would really have liked to have heard "The Heartache" with a stripped-down arrangement (maybe just a cello?). All in all, a cool world of musical storytelling in which to lose oneself for awhile. I give this one five well-deserved stars!
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Tom Barrett

Ear Candy!
Night Songs is yet another finely crafted (and produced) album that reflects the versatilty of Jan's talents. A grand mix of material both old and new. Mr. Hauenstein's now veteran supporting cast of songwriters/musicians have found a space on the musical landscape rarely achieved when one considers the ambitious endeavor of trans-Atlantic recording! This CD is full of surprises and a must-own for those who have enjoyed Jan's extensive catalog of earlier work.
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Joe Dearie

Another good one
Jan and I are old friends now I guess even though we've never met -:), thanks to the wonders of the internet. Nightsongs is another good album and rewards a couple of listens especially the first track, 'The Language of the brain, the language of the heart', very philosophical. 'Something Borrowed, Something Blue' has a fine melody and touch of cynicism in the lyric which is right up my street. Jan is very good at penning modern history songs in my opinion and always highlights different perspectives. Never less than thought provoking. Other songs show off Jan's wit and won't fail to bring a smile especially 'An Old Man's Complaint' even if it will be wry smile due to experience. Jan always picks good covers (although whisper this I don't like Johnny Cash) and the best of the bunch here is Townes Van Zandt's 'None But The Rain', great chord sequence and feel. You're bound to find a few songs here you will like.
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