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Life and Times

by Sharon Anderson

The Life and Times album is just that; the life of a young western Canadian prairie girl becoming old within the dedicated lifestyle of a wandering minstrel, and the times that best defined that quest. It encompases the country folk stylings of Sharon.
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1. Long Gone Free
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2. Hiway Solution
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3. The Other Side of Life
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4. Heavenly Love
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5. A Love Like That
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6. Henrietta
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7. Springtime Johnny
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8. Buried Treasure
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9. I Got Love
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10. Valley of Forgiveness
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11. Ready to Take That Ride
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12. For a Song
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13. Indian Eyes
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14. Angel
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15. Gimme Me a Ring Sometime
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16. The Wheel of Love
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17. Unbelievable Love
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18. Pony
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19. I Take It Back
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20. Out of My Heart
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21. Forever
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22. Blue
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23. Gethsemene
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24. My Jesus
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Album Notes
Here is what the Nashville Musicians are saying about this new offering by Sharon: Chas Williams: dobro/guitar player for Wynona, Nancy Griffith, Stealing Angels, The Judds, writes;“Thanks so much for letting me have a go at your masterpieces. Thanks, Chas”
(see videos of many of these and other songs at youtube under sharon's full name SharonLenoreAnderson)
Aside from featuring bright sounding, fresh new originals, Life and Times also features the original version of Sharon’s song “Give Me A Ring Sometime” that charted # 2 for Lisa Brokop. Also the song “I Take it Back”; winner of the “1996 Alberta Song of the Year” for Royalty Records and the “Bringing it Home” album, and former chart singles from the Capitol Album “The Bottom Line”; “Unbelievable Love”,” The Wheel of Love”, and “Pony”.
It features the innovative stylings yet to be heard publically until now, from her Trio of the Late 80’s “Trinity Lane”; a Curb records endeavor, And finally, it showcases some inspirational offerings of late.

1. Long Gone Free, written by Sharon Anderson, Kim Beggs
2. Hiway Solution, written by Sharon Anderson
3. The Other Side Of Life, written by Sharon Anderson, Michael Shellard
4. Heavenly Love, written by Sharon Anderson
5. A Love Like That, written by Sharon Anderson, Dave Wood
6. Henrietta, written by Sharon Anderson
7. Springtime Johnny, written by Sharon Anderson
8. Buried Treasure, written by Chas Williams, Sharon Anderson
9. I Got Love, written by Chas Williams ,Sharon Anderson
10. Valley of Forgiveness, written by Sharon Anderson
11. Ready To Take That Ride, written by S Anderson, Allen Estes, Tom Grant, Chris Hill
12. For A Song, written by Sharon Anderson, Allen Estes
13. Indian Eyes, written by Allen Estes, Sharon Anderson, Tom Grant
14. Angel, written by Sharon Anderson
15. Give Me A Ring Sometime, written by Sharon Anderson, Bob Moulds, Cris Bergsness
16. The Wheel Of Love, written by Johnny Cymbal, Gary Smith, Sharon Anderson
17. Unbelievable Love, written by Sharon Anderson, Johnny Cymbal
18. Pony, written by Sharon Anderson
19. I Take It Back, written by Sharon Anderson, Wayland Patton
20. Out of my Heart, written by Sharon Anderson, Michael Shellard
21. Forever, written by Sharon Anderson, Rick Ferrell
22. Blue, written by Sharon Anderson, Cris Cuddy, Peter Cronin
23. Gethsemene, written by Sharon Anderson
24. My Jesus, written by Sharon Anderson

Some of the musicians: (the songs formerly on the Capitol, Royalty and Curb labels) Paul Leim, John Gardner, Bob Wray, Pig Robbins, Weldon Myrick, Sonny Garrish, Steve Turner, Terry McMillan, Hank Singer, Paul Franklin, Chris Leuzinger, Mark O’Connor, Reggie Young, Eddie Bayers, Michael Rhodes, Larry Byrom, John Jarvis, Billy Joe Walker Jr., Allen Estes, Tom Grant, Kim Nash, Bill Nash, Johnny Cymball, Gary Smith, Wayland Patton, Matt Rollings, Liana Manis, Jerry Crutchfield, Roy Drusky Jr,. OUR NEW SESSIONS produced by George Bradfute (Long Gone Free, Hiway Solution, Other Side of Life, Heavenly Love, A Love like That, Henrietta, Springtime Johnny, Buried Treasure, Valley of Forgiveness, Uncle, Out of My Heart, Forever, Angel, Blue, Gethsemene, and My Jesus) feature Michael Shellard- acc. guitar, piano, harmonica, vocals, harmonies, percussion, George Bradfute- cello, electric guitars, accustic guitars, mandolin, violin,bass, Chas Williams –dobro and Chas also played guitars, bass, banjo, drums etc and produced/engineered “I Got Love”, Gaye Delorme- mandolin, Spanish accustic guitar, Miles Jackson -piano, harmonies, Sharon Anderson -vocals, harmonies, accustic guitar,percussion, Aaron Anderson -drums, Pat McInerney -drums and percussion, Fats Kaplin- violin, steel, accordian Kim Beggs- harmonies, Gord Maxwell-bass on “The Other Side of Life”

Thanks to Joe and Trudy Wood, and Lauren Tutty at RDR music, brother Aaron Anderson sending drum-tracks over the waves, GEORGE BRADFUTE for your musical mastery, MICHAEL SHELLARD my sweet and loyal friend with the magic touch. ALSO MELANIE TOWNSEND FOR SUCH WARMLY WONDERFUL ALBUM DESIGNS and your friendship back at the Ingram “day-job”. Thanks also to my husband Bobby Crowell for all you are to me and our beautiful kids Nathan, Emily and Robert. THANK YOU KIM BEGGS FOR WRITING “LONG GONE FREE” WITH ME - AND THE LENDING OF YOUR VOICE. Thank you Allen Estes and Tom Grant for the beautiful dream that became our “Trinity Lane” trio. (the songs; Ready to take that Ride, Indian Eyes, For a Song.. and may this unleashing of these first three be only the tip of the Trinity Lane ice-burg of inspiration that awaits to be discovered in those un-tapped vaults at Curb records.) AND thanks so much Harlan (Smith) of Royalty records for your guidance. Gaye Delorme has passed away this summer. He was a giant inspiration and will be missed dearly. His work with Miles Jackson on Springtime Johnny was captivating. To Chas Williams, may I say about your dobro playing, that my finding you again, my old friend-- was the spark that brought these songs to a life they never could have otherwise known..such beauty is in your spirit and your instrument. It simply brings me home.. deeply home. To George Bradfute, I am eternally grateful that you lent your huge talent and big heart at every turn to the production of this little project. It was a labor of love for you as for showed by your tireless dedication. Your violin strings, cello, and guitar/bass/mandolin parts were from the heavenly realms-- I would have captured those exact musical sentiments myself, had I but access to the vision and intuition you possess. You are a master of subtle beauty.
And finally, my best thank you to my forever friend; Swami Kriyananda. Your music, Sir—inspires me like no other.

The Life and Times album is just that; the life of a young western Canadian prairie girl becoming old within the dedicated lifestyle of a wandering minstrel, and the times that best defined that quest. From the very first single about my home town “Calahoo”, through the journey into Nashville’s music row as a staff writer and a spot on “Capitol” records, to my forming of a sweetly harmonied trio of myself, Allen Estes, and Tom Grant; that became “Trinity Lane” for the famed “Curb” label project-- to champion so many wonderful players and intricately innovative arrangements, but never getting off the ground—to the return to Canadian label “Royalty” for a final album release. The Nashville “A team” session players performing on these cuts are too many to number on a small panel of text. They range from Mark O’Connor to Pig Robbins, to Michael Rhodes, Fats Caplin, and the list goes on. Listing co-writers too, would be too vast. But , the producers involved are Norro Wilson, Jim Malloy, Billy Joe Walker Jr., Jerry Crutchfield, George Bradfute, Gaye Delorme, and Chas Williams. Finally I had settled into working day jobs with a family of 2 kids plus 1, and husband Bobby Crowell. Still, there was the lure. Too many loose ends. The Capitol; “The Bottom Line” and the Royalty: “Bringing it Home” albums had long been out of circulation, and people couldn’t acquire the songs they had enjoyed on the radio waves. Then there were those ”Trinity Lane” sessions lost in obscurity that I dearly wanted to share. Suddenly one day in Feb of 2011, Larry Delaney compiled a list of my accomplishments for a half page spread in “Country Music News” magazine, and sought me out. I was astonished to see I had accumulated more than 64 cuts on songs I had written, from Lisa Brokop’s version of “Give Me Ring Sometime”, to Susan Jacks, Lucille Starr..even the Judds had recorded my tunes. I had just written a little song for my uncle Bruce York to sing, inspired by Ian Tyson’s cowboy way, about a little old ranch-hand writer I had met in the 80’s. He was called “Springtime Johnny”, and had befriended Ian in the early days, experiencing some of the campfire song ideas that would flourish into that wonderful Canadiana folklore. I responded to the article by releasing “Springtime Johnny” as a single to Canadian radio-- thus the chain of events was put into motion resulting in this whole “Life and Times” album. I was to go back into the studio with George Bradfute at “The Tone Chaparral”; Jim Reeves’ old house-- just outside of Nashville, and start writing and recording. We immersed ourselves in that sweet nectar of new tunes once again being brought to life. I don’t have room enough on this album for all I’ve been writing. There may have to be another.. Suffice it to say, in the words of Kahlil Gibran; “In the sweetness of friendship, let there be laughter and sharing of pleasures, for in the dew of little things—the heart finds it’s morning And is refreshed.” Thank you for all the years you all have been absorbing my music. This has made the giving all the more sweet.
other reviews:
Sharon Anderson has captured a rather unique era in Canadian Country and Folk music, gathering experiences from a rousing frontier position at every turn. She was raised up in a clan of Paul Bunyon type people on the prairies of Northern Alberta, and later the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, perceiving those pristine Rocky Mountains in the distance as her very own alter of discovery. In the 1970’s, when other kids were working part time at Safeway, she was already exploring the vast northland with her guitar and a PA system, roving like a throwback gypsy minstrel from town to town singing in the lounges and taverns for oil crews , loggers and pipeliners.

She attended Grant McEwen music college in Edmonton when some of the industries key session player/producers were budding students there, and then became part of the musical family of dedicated rhythm and blues tunesters living on the north side of that city. They seemed so sweet to her, welcoming her off of her well trodden road of solitude with open arms. They truly loved the music and studied their mentors devotedly, relishing each other’s company, and helping each other hone their crafts. The music was fresh and inspired, and they felt like they were contributing something wonderful to the world.

And so it was, after cutting her first release “Calahoo” on the new Larry Wanagas “Bumstead” label alongside a teenage KD Lang, she was lured across the border and wondered down to Nashville. Sharon has written for several publishing companies and holds a catalog of 300 plus songs. She became part of the folk rooted harmony trio called “Trinity Lane”, recording on Curb records, and then secured a contract to release a solo album for Capitol just as a young artist with friends in low places was entering the roster there. She hung out at little clubs with some of the great up and coming writers and collaborated with many of them. She ate at the restaurant where Randy Travis was being promoted from cook’s helper to hit wonder, and travelled the mid and southern states opening shows for and sharing billing with some of her heros as well as notable contemporaries of that time; Dan Seals, Tom T Hall, the Nitty Gritty Dirt band, Tracy Lawrence, Garth Brooks, and Tammy Wynett.

With the Canadian release of that “Bottom Line” album on Capitol, Sharon had success with several tunes: The Wheel of Love, Pony, Unbelievable Love, and Ribbons of Steel, among others. She would also later collaborate with Edmontons longtime revered producer; R Harlan Smith and Royalty records, recording “Bringing it Home”, and winning song of the year for Alberta with “I take it back” off that album. In the meantime, people like Lisa Brokop, Lucille Star, Susan Jacks, One Horse Blue, and even the Judds were recording her songs. Lisa charted a Canadian top 5 with her “Give Me a Ring Sometime”. She has had around 64 cuts to date. It’s been many years and a great ride.

She resides just out of Nashville with her husband and their two teenage kids, and works for the iconic Ingram Industry. Recently she has written a well received book. Her love of this life that is her legacy is apparent in this peaceful return to the Rockies, and these indelible images of the springtime of a most memorable career.

Produced by the intensely inspiring Grammy nominated guitarist/producer/writer Gaye Delorme;
Here, lovingly offered is “Springtime Johnny”; Sharon’s return after 20 years to the music forum and this single that was to launch the current album titled “Sharon Anderson Life and Times”, that has also yielded the single “Long Gone Free”, and the new hit song “I Got Love”.

The album credits also offer some description of Sharon’s endeavors of late:
“We immersed ourselves in that sweet nectar of new tunes once again being brought to life in the studio. I also have shared herewith, some of my musical inspirational moments; a spiritual side that has flourished within me, and is the true and deep treasure of my “Life and Times” experience. Without having uncovered this, I would have been left poor indeed.”



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