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Sunday Bridge

by The Sixth Great Lake

A cohesive collection of tunes, perfect for cuddling in bed with your sweetie on a rainy Sunday morning while the coffee is still brewing. Like warm caramel dripping down the side of an ice cream sundae, the songs ooze, melt and flow like sugar on snow.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Old Smoke
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2. The Saint
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3. Everybody Loves
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4. Fool
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5. Downies
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6. Baby Tonight
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7. House of Cards
2:06 $0.99
8. Seven Stripes
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9. Twenty-Three Songs
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10. House Song
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11. Kentucky
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12. Smokin' Joe
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Album Notes
The Sixth Great Lake
"Sunday Bridge" (Tup Keewah Recordings)
All Music Guide
AMG Album Pick - 4 out of 5 stars
The Sixth Great Lake returns with the subdued Sunday Bridge, a vinyl-only release on Boston-based Tup Keewah Recordings. The band continues to conjur up country, folk and southern spirits with their relaxed, acoustic approach. The group shares songwriting duties equally, with Zach Ward, Chris Ziter and Michael Barrett all contributing four songs each. Ward is first with the breezey "Old Smoke," followed by Ziter's sly "The Saint." Barrett is up next with organ and sentimentality on "Everybody Loves," at which point the first side is only halfway finished. Each singer has plenty more ammunition in the tank as the album plays out. Ziter's "Seven Stripes" is jaw-dropping for its simplicity. Barrett's "Twenty-three Songs" is the epic of the album, if there was one. It's a standout for its storytelling approach, following a man around on his day-to-day activities, only adding more to the group's everyman quality. Ward's "House Song" is a carefree track adding more emphasis to the album's sleepy town appeal. The album ends much as it begins: the three men playing and singing casually with the occasional guest musician, making each listener feel like a fly on the wall. The album's intimacy makes it an excellent follow-up to 2001's Up the Country.

Optical Atlas:
October 2004 – The Sixth Great Lake: Sunday Bridge. A relatively obscure sophomore release from a band once well-promoted on Kindercore Records. I write (here, now) that this is actually one of my favorite E6-related albums of the decade. Not too many people have heard it, but it’s a gorgeous album which has aged beautifully.

Although tracking the different permutations that branched off from the Vermont-based Guppyboy in the late-90's can be a bit exhausting (the soundest effort can be found at the blog Latitude 44.2 North), the simple explanation is that Guppyboy split into two bands, the Essex Green and the Sixth Great Lake, and for a little while they shared pretty much the same members. But while the Essex Green--especially in the early years--had a psychedelic feel, the Sixth Great Lake owed more to the history of country and folk music and influences such as The Band.

The album itself, mirroring the paring-down of the band between albums, is more focused, with consistently strong songwriting throughout. The songs have a power that creeps up on you slowly, until you hit the one-two punch of Ziter's "Kentucky," a powerful, memorable ballad, and Barrett's "Smokin' Joe," a soft but stirring piece that closes the album. Sunday Bridge was one of the best albums of 2004, and hardly anyone heard it.

If you've never heard the Sixth Great Lake before, but you like Essex Green, you owe it to yourself to give their sister band a listen.



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