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Weather Reports

by The Cantrells

Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Goodbye Cool World
3:15 $0.99
2. Black Bayou
2:49 $0.99
3. Weather Report
4:00 $0.99
4. Me Myself and I
2:57 $0.99
5. Miner's Letter
4:17 $0.99
6. Woody Guthrie's Shoes
3:53 $0.99
7. Stand Right Here
3:48 $0.99
8. 'Twas a Full Moon Ago
3:13 $0.99
9. Violet
2:43 $0.99
10. Timber Trail
2:53 $0.99
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Jim Schulz

It's A Masterpiece!
Al and Emily Cantrell have created their masterpiece in Weather Reports, a showcase of exquisite songs as varied in musical mood as the weather. As one who has followed their career from its humble Nashville beginnings to the present, I can wholeheartedly state that they have honed their craft with a dose of natural talent and a hell of a lot of damned hard work. Every single one of the ten songs on the album is a full fledged thoroughbred of high pedigree. There isn’t a cull among them. Each number is so distinct and unique that the listener is drawn into anxiously awaiting the next pleasant surprise.

Al presents the listener with a graduate course in violin and mandolin styles; check out his Joe Venuti meets Henry Mancini jazz lines on Goodbye Cool World and the cajun double stop stomper on Black Bayou. Al’s fiddle channels Doug Kershaw, the Balfa Brothers, and the best of Michael Doucet. Hearing this Emily penned number makes me salivate for a big platter of crawfish boil. In Weather Report, Emily wraps her sultry voice around Al’s latin mandolin licks like two lovers locked in tango heaven somewhere in an Argentine dance hall. The mandolin tries to keep her but she switches partners upon hearing the beckoning violin call. (It’s a good thing that Al plays both instruments). Al is back with classic Venuti teaser breaks and Emily channels Billie Holiday on Me, Myself, and I. The upright bass of Mark Schatz gives this standard the drive it deserves.

The poignant Miner’s Letter is Emily’s poem to those fathers, brothers, and sons that have perished in the coal mines. The song shimmers with a gentle TexMex groove. The bluegrass barn burner Woody Guthrie Shoes grabs the listener and dares him or her NOT to dance and sing along. Yeah, Let It Rock. Let It Roll. Nice to know that Woody was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Fame in 1996. Next comes the funky folk blues stylings of Stand Right Here, a singalong showstopper asking us to take action for positive social change. If Pete Seeger were still alive, this would be a standard in his concerts. ’Twas A Full Moon Ago is a lovely Celtic waltz that conjures up an Irish Pub with a session in the corner and a pint in one’s hand.

Perhaps the most surprising number on the album is Violet. This folk rocker is a toe tapper, hand clapper, thigh slapper, and an infectious ear worm wrapper. Al goes wild on a superb rockin’ mandolin solo I have never heard him play better. Never! Whew! Towel off when this number is over. Lastly, the duo pay homage to their Western Swing roots with The Sons of the Pioneers’ Tim Spencer’s complex and beautiful Timber Trail. Once again, Al creates such an enthralling triple fiddle solo that one may surmise that the other two players are none other than Hugh Farr and Woody Paul Chrisman. Nope, it’s all Al and boy, howdy, does it ever compliment the duo’s tiered vocals. Superb songwriting, singing, and instrumental mastery make Weather Reports a must listen. This CD has been on repeat since I got it. Do yourself a favor as well, BUY IT…”then grab your kit and hit the road.”

Parker Bauer

Best ever album
Weather Reports arrived here the day before yesterday and we've played it seven or eight times, at home and on our storm-stricken local roads.  It's wonderful -- my favorite of all your CDs.  What variety of influence, folk rock, Appalachian, Celtic, jazz(y) – and every song is amazing, both the writing and the performance.  "Miner's Letter" gets down to the tragic essence of traditional Appalachian life -- the pain, the poverty, the hope of loving reunion in an afterlife.  Music doesn't make me teary, but this did.  "Goodbye Cool World" and "Woody Guthrie's Shoes" could become commercial successes, I'd think; and clearly they succeed artistically, like all the others.  Emily is truly an inspired songwriter:  such great lyrics and melodies, and the arrangements are terrific.