John Lilly | Broken Moon

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Broken Moon

by John Lilly

Original, traditional, and classic country music performed with heart and soul -- the highly-acclaimed debut album from this award-winning West Virginia artist.
Genre: Country: Country Folk
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1. Broken Moon
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2. I've Always Been a Rambler
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3. In the Hills of Tennessee
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4. Wishful Drinking
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5. Riders In the Sky
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6. Thy Burdens Are Greater Than Mine
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7. You'll Be Rewarded Over There
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8. Sweet Sunny South
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9. Poca River Blues
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10. Bigfoot Stole My Baby
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11. Beset By Snares
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12. Spirit (Bend Close To Me)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Review of Broken Moon (CD) by John Lilly (JL2000)
Stark and beautiful, April 19, 2002 - 5 out of 5 stars

Reviewer: eafinct from West Hartford, CT United States

John Lilly ranges from cowboy ballads to Primitive Baptist hymns to Tin Pan Alley and back, all with spare but pristine accompaniment on guitar, mandolin and fiddle, and with harmonies on some cuts by the remarkable Ginny Hawker. The genres and rhythms on the album may be varied, but the overall consistency in instrumentation and delivery give it an amazing cohesion. The careful arrangement of songs on the disc, too, produce a song cycle which is a musical and spritual journey from heartbreak and disappointment to solace and redemption -- with a dash of humor and yodeling for good measure.

Be sure to check out the title cut, "Broken Moon", which deserves to become a classic heartbreak ballad alongside Bob Wills and Hank Williams standards, as well as "I've Always Been a Rambler", which is delivered with a fierceness and intensity which gives a startling immediacy to this traditional self-justifying gambler's lament. And the closing original, "Spirit (Bend Close to Me)" should find a place both in churches and in your own personal collection of music to get you through the night.

Fans of Jimmie Rodgers, Hazel Dickens, Hank Williams Sr., and the Stanley Brothers should be sure to take note; fans of contemporary Americana music will not be disappointed. And if there is any justice in the universe, the folks whose ears have been opened by the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack will have a chance to enjoy another example of acoustic music from the first half of the 20th century embodied in a contemporary voice. Very highly recommended!

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Edie Folta

Stark and beautiful
In his first solo album, John Lilly ranges from cowboy ballads to Primitive Baptist hymns to Tin Pan Alley and back, all with spare but pristine accompaniment on guitar, mandolin and fiddle, and with harmonies on some cuts by the remarkable Ginny Hawker. The genres and rhythms on the album may be varied, but the overall consistency in instrumentation and delivery give it an amazing cohesion. The careful arrangement of songs on the disc, too, produce a song cycle which is a musical and spritual journey from heartbreak and disappointment to solace and redemption -- with a dash of humor and yodeling for good measure.
Be sure to check out the title cut, "Broken Moon", which deserves to become a classic heartbreak ballad alongside Bob Wills and Hank Williams standards, as well as "I've Always Been a Rambler", which is delivered with a fierceness and intensity which gives a startling immediacy to this traditional self-justifying gambler's lament. And the closing original, "Spirit (Bend Close to Me)" should find a place both in churches and in your own personal collection of music to get you through the night.
Fans of Jimmie Rodgers, Hazel Dickens, Hank Williams Sr., and the Louvin Brothers should be sure to take note; fans of contemporary Americana music will not be disappointed. And if there is any justice in the universe, the folks whose ears have been opened by the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack will have a chance to enjoy another example of acoustic music from the first half of the 20th century embodied in a contemporary voice. Very highly recommended! And be sure to check out his subsequent releases, including "Haunted Honky Tonk" and "Cold Comfort", to hear more work from this incredible composer and performer.
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bob alfano

broken moon
very nice flavor of music, very relaxing and nice to listen clean cut music with just the right strings
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Doug Campbell

Highest rating for this great cd
For those who love great Southern music mixed with Old-time/Country and Rural, this is an essential CD.Wonderful song selection and writing combined with stellar musicianship and jaw-slacking vocals create a sound that is really old... and good. Combine this with Last Chance to Dance for hearing a performer at the top of his genre. Just a great sound you need to have.
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