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From Across the Years

by Bob Louisell

Contemporary and traditional folk music along with some famous popular songs like City of New Orleans, Rocky Mountain High, and Vincent. Soothing voice and guitar. Lovely harmonies.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Dutchman
Bob Louisell
5:23 album only
2. Fiddler's Green
Bob Louisell
4:33 album only
3. Cool Water
Bob Louisell
4:46 album only
4. City of New Orleans
Bob Louisell
3:58 album only
5. Mr. Bojangles
Bob Louisell
6:25 album only
6. No Frontiers
Bob Louisell
3:42 album only
7. Forty-Five Years
Bob Louisell
2:37 album only
8. Vincent
Bob Louisell
4:56 album only
9. Rocky Mountain High
Bob Louisell
4:56 album only
10. Turning Towards the Morning
Bob Louisell AND Sarah Louisell
6:10 album only
11. Trying To Get To Heaven Before They Close the Door
Bob Louisell
4:50 album only
12. One Red Rose
Bob Louisell
2:51 album only
13. Shifting, Whispering Sands
Bob Louisell
4:07 album only
14. Minnesota Lullaby
Bob Louisell
2:44 album only
15. Wild Mountain Thyme
Sarah Louisell
3:43 album only


Album Notes
[From the inside jacket panels of the CD]
I never quit my day job.

While I was busy raising our children with my wife, Marie, it would have been impossible for me to be away from home that much--working evenings or on the road for weeks at a time.

Besides, the life I wanted was at home with my family, doing things together.

We walked and hiked outdoors, skated, swam, canoed, visited museums, and just hung around home.

Those years just blew by! The photo of me with my guitar was taken by our oldest daughter , Rebecca, when she was 13.

The photo of the four of us with Mt. Denali in the background was taken with her camera by a passerby.

I was a teacher, so I sometimes took gigs where I could find them during the summer months when I wasn't working.

After I became a professor, I was so busy that, for about ten years, the only audiences for my music were my family, our neighbors, and the loons on the lake where we lived in our year-round home in Minnesota.

A few years ago, I began to perform again--at coffee houses in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

That was when I decided to make a CD.

One of the pleasures of raising a family is that your children grow up to love the things that you love.

It made good sense for me to ask Sarah, our youngest daughter, to do backup vocals for my songs.

She's a talented singer and she knows my music.

She also recorded this beautiful version of Wild Mountain Thyme.

I put it last on the order of songs because I wanted listeners to remember her harmonies.

I met John Roth over 15 years ago.

Over the years, he helped me to improve my guitar and he also loaned his elegant acoustic lead guitar tracks to my recordings! I especially love his harmonics on The Dutchman and Cool Water.

His finger-picking on Fiddler's Green and Vincent are incomparable! His musical sound effects, like the sound of the train's bell in City of New Orleans, make me feel as if I'm actually there! I selected each of the songs on this CD for particular reasons.

I started playing The Dutchman back when my father was dying of cancer in 1986.

My mother was taking care of him at home, and the song reminded me of them.

A friend from England introduced me to Fiddler's Green over 20 years ago.

He gave me the words and I spent the next few months working out my guitar for it.

When I was a child, my father brought home a 45 rpm record of Cool Water and told me that I could listen to it as often as I wanted.

I wore its grooves out, so he bought another one.

The flip side of the record had Shifting, Whispering Sands on it.

These two songs remind me of the Desert Southwest.

One Christmas, we gave an electric train to our girls, and we all set it up in our living room.

The children used to turn the lights off in the house and I would play City of New Orleans while they ran the train around the tracks.

Sometime in the 70s, my brother, Dick, sent me the sheet music to Mr. Bojangles.

With John's help, I worked out the guitar for it.

I wasn't planning to include it on the CD until I heard a John Denver version that evoked sadness and nostalgia.

A few years ago, I encountered No Frontiers on a Mary Black recording and I loved its poetic imagery.

Our entire family has listened to Stan Rogers' music since we first heard him on Prairie Home Companion.

Forty-Five Years is my favorite.

John Denver has influenced me in many ways but Rocky Mountain HIgh is, I believe, his greatest song ever! A friend in St. Paul introduced me to Turning Towards the Morning and Sarah eventually began to perform it with me.

During a recent 4th of July weekend, we went to a concert featuring Paul Simon and Bob Dylan in Duluth.

That was when I discovered Dylan's Time Out of Mind songs, including Trying To Get To Heaven Before They Close the Door.

While looking for a different John Prine song, I ran across One Red Rose.

I love to think of two people "dancing round the the table to the old banjo." A year after Marie and I were married, we flew home to Minnesota for two weeks to visit our families.

She cried when we returned to our place in Virginia, so I wrote Minnesota Lullaby as a promise that we would move back to Minnesota some time.

I enjoy singing and playing hundreds of songs.

I hope you like this collection of some of my favorites from across the years.



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Zeitgeist--The Rocker

This is what folk music was like in the old days. Just singing and picking your way through songs you love. Discredited these days where everything has to have a greater purpose, but there is something oddly affecting about this CD.

Maybe it’s because I remember listening to lots of those songs on the old steam radio in the kitchen, back when I was a nipper. Perhaps it’s because I hate hearing classic songs being despoiled by everyman and his songbook.

You’ll know most of these songs, and you probably like most of them, deep down, but let your sense of cool get in the way. Well don’t. It’s silly. Instead let “City of New Orleans”, “Mr. Bojangles”, “Rocky Mountain High” and “11. Trying To Get To Heaven Before They Close the Door” wash over you.

If there is one fault, it’s that a lot of the arrangements are similar, but you can forgive that when you read the liner notes, and realise what a labour of love this is.

Wendy V's Local Blend

Bob Louisell - From Across the Years (PO Box 581053, Minneapolis, MN 55458-1053; http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/louisell )

In addition to the wealth of singer/songwriters found in our acoustic music community, we are also blessed with some fine interpreters (Karl Burke comes to mind). An addition to the latter group is Bob Louisell. His CD "From Across The Years" is a collection of songs by well known writers such as Bob Dylan, John Prine, Garnet Rogers and Michael Smith. Each song was chosen for its personal significance. Bob is joined by daughter Sarah Louisell on harmony vocals and John Roth on guitar.


i nicked this copy becuase i am radio station manager and listerned to it.
when a song starts and grabs me by the bollocks that means the song is going to be on our playlist.
this cd is going to be on our play list

I do not want to offend bob but this a male version of eva grahem,
i would reccomend him bombarding bbc radio2 here in the uk and also radio caroline with cd's ,
bob we had a singer here inthe uk called Ralph Mc Tell and he used the same techinque in his singinging as you have to bring a message home
the cd was brillant and boy i had lousey today and it cheared me up


Phase 9 (Album Review by EDF)

Hidden Gem
This collection of folk songs will introduce listeners to some hidden gems.


Genuine folks in music are sometimes as difficult to find as genuine music. That’s why I’m proud to hold in my hand one damn find album compiled by one genuine guy, Bob Louisell. Comprised of a wild eclectic mix of folk music ranging from traditional folk to 60’s/70’s folk pop to even Irish and Scottish folk tunes. “Trying to Get to Heaven Before They Close the Door” by Bob Dylan is covered with a nod to the great songwriter that he’d be proud of. Bob employs his daughter Sarah to join him in vocals and it’s amazing how well they harmonize together. Not often will you find a cover album of this variety so when you do you have to hold it close for the vulture of CD borrowers may not give it back!

- J-Sin