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Kate Blain, Phil Henry, Gary Moon | Detour

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by Kate Blain, Phil Henry, Gary Moon

Three acoustic folk singer-songwriters cover each other's original tunes
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. It's a Hard Life Wherever You Go
4:04 album only
2. Broken
3:53 album only
3. How to Forgive
3:45 album only
4. Every Square Inch of the Earth
4:59 album only
5. Soft Place to Fall
4:00 album only
6. Board By Board
4:01 album only
7. The Green
3:28 album only
8. Happy Enough
3:12 album only
9. Keep Up
5:01 album only
10. The Good Life
5:14 album only


Album Notes
"Detour," the much-anticipated trio CD by Northeast musicians Kate Blain, Phil Henry and Gary Moon, was released in autumn 2006.

The trio of singer-songwriters collaborated on the project, covering each other's songs and creating new arrangements of their own. The result is a 10-song compilation that showcases the unique styles of three hard-working local musicians:

* Blain, based near Saratoga Springs, NY, who performs at clubs and coffeehouses across upstate NY and hosts open mics at both Caffe Lena in Saratoga and Old Songs in Voorheesville;

* Henry, a Saranac Lake native now living in West Rutland, VT, a winner of Vermont's Solarfest singer-songwriter competition and performer at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival; and

* Moon, who makes his home in Lake George, NY, has been a mainstay on the area folk scene for 20 years and is also a Solarfest winner at the 2006 singer-songwriter competition in Tinmouth, VT.

All three have previously released solo albums, but note that "Detour" was so titled because it took them down another musical path.

"We're all fans of each other's work," the trio noted. "When we realized we were covering each other's tunes already, we decided to try reinterpreting the songs, each in our own way."

Moon brought his James Taylor-like vocals and fluid guitar style to bear on Blain's song "How to Forgive" and Henry's "Broken;" Henry ramped up Moon's "Every Square Inch of the Earth" and Blain's "The Green" with folk-rock tones and his versatility with multiple instruments; Blain toned down Henry's "Board by Board" and Moon's "How to Forgive" to gentle folk tunes topped by her pure soprano voice.

The musicians' websites are: www.kateblain.com, www.philhenryband.com and www.garymoontunes.com.



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I must admit, that I like the original work of these artists better than their versions of each others songs, but it definitely gives a clear picture of the differences between them. . . . . the individual treatment for a given song can be so different. . . . but, if I had heard these versions first, I might not appreciate the originals in the same light. . . so it's a toss up as to which one is better. This happens often, depending on what I hear first, that becomes the original and colors my personal judgement, which, after all, is what this is all about. Bottom line - I enjoyed "Detour". Thank you.