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Songs from the Fiery Gizzard- The Music of the Haskew Family

by The Haskew Family

Songs Are Our Family's Scrapbook- Most families record their memories in scrapbooks, but ours are also recorded in our music and songs. This album features our daughter Holly, our granddaughter Sarah and ourselves performing songs written or co-written by us over the past fifty years, beginning in 1963 when we were newly married and students at the University of Tennessee and Jerre was a founding member of The Cumberland Trio. We sincerely hope you enjoy this music that bonds us and has become such a special part of our life tapestry. This album is dedicated to our parents, Samuel and Lucille Haskew & James and Bonnie Short, who loved us unconditionally and taught us to live with strong family values, and to our daughters, Bonnie Haskew McMullen and Holly Haskew Tambling and to our grandchildren, Matt and Sarah McMullen and Ainsley Jane and James Tambling, who make us proud of them every day. We are indeed blessed beyond measure. - Jerre & Barbara Haskew
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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1. Fiery Gizzard Blues
Holly Haskew Tambling
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2. I Wish I Were a Babe
Holly Haskew Tambling
4:18 $0.99
3. Ring a Tiny Bell
Holly Haskew Tambling
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4. My Rockabye
Holly Haskew Tambling
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5. A Woman Like You
Holly Haskew Tambling
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6. Little Ol' Ainsley Jane
Holly Haskew Tambling
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7. You Broke My Heart
Holly Haskew Tambling
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8. Blessed Baby Child
Holly Haskew Tambling
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9. If I Only Had a Tail
Sarah Richmond McMullen
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10. The Waffle House Blues
Jerre Haskew
3:33 $0.99
11. The Wonderful One-Eyed Beau Dog
Jerre Haskew
3:26 $0.99
12. A Lion Named Sam
Jerre Haskew
2:30 $0.99
13. Song for a Drifter
Jerre Haskew
2:10 $0.99
14. Songbird
Jerre Haskew
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15. On My Way to You
Jerre Haskew
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16. Drive-in Move Picture Show
Jerre Haskew
4:59 $0.99
17. The Lady of the Highlands
Jerre Haskew
4:34 $0.99
18. Wintertime
Jerre Haskew
4:38 $0.99
19. The Old Ball Glove
Jerre Haskew
4:27 $0.99
20. The Love Story of the Ages
Jerre Haskew
4:09 $0.99
21. Take Our Country Back Again
Jerre Haskew
3:38 $0.99
22. Forever
Jerre Haskew
4:33 $0.99
23. Bless Us Oh Indeed
Barbara Haskew
4:41 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Fiery Gizzard- The Fiery Gizzard is a series of hiking trails and coves in Marion & Grundy Counties of southeastern Tennessee where Jerre's Haskew ancestors settled in the late 1700's. Several families of the Haskew clan still reside in or near the area. The beauty of nature abounds with streams, creeks, waterfalls and a wide variety of trees up to 200 years old. No one really knows the true origin of the name but you've gotta admit, it's really cool! The title track of this album, Fiery Gizzard Blues, and our family record label and music publishing company proudly bear the Fiery Gizzard name!

Special Thanks- Mike Headrick, our producer, engineer & musician extraordinaire, for his incredible ear, creativity, guidance and unique abilities that have raised this album that has been several years in the making to heights we could never have imagined and enabled it's completion and release. Mike, we're deeply appreciative and extremely grateful for your expertise, dedication to this project and most importantly for your wonderful friendship.

Kudos and More Kudos- We're also indebted to the many uber-talented musicians and friends who lent their very special instrumental and vocal talents to enhance each of these songs and give them wings to soar higher than we could have ever imagined, as well as to Gene Norman for his outstanding live in studio engineering skills on the songs of Disc 1 and to Crystal Dunn for her amazing graphic design and seamless reproduction of this album.

DISC 1- Tracks 1-7 & 10 were recorded 2007-2010 at Digisound Studios, Chattanooga, TN, engineered by Gene Norman. Track 8 was recorded 2011 at The Annex, Menlo Park, CA, engineered by Michael Wong & 2014 at Mikron Studios, South Pittsburg, TN, engineered by Mike Headrick. Track 9 was recorded 2007 at Airborne Audio, Overland Park, KS, engineered by Don Miller & 2014 at Mikron Studios, South Pittsburg, TN, engineered by Mike Headrick. Tracks 11-13 were recorded 1964 at Gotham Studios, New York, NY, engineered by Larry Finnegan. All tracks were mixed, augmented & mastered by Mike Headrick, Mikron Studios, South Pittsburg, TN & Charlie Latham, Studio Gorilla, Nashville, TN.

1. Fiery Gizzard Blues (Barbara S Haskew)- Holly Haskew Tambling- lead vocal; Lou Wamp- guitar & dobro; Tim Starnes- harmonica; Bob Wilkerson- electric bass; Greg Shaw- drums & percussion;
Michelle Young- harmony vocals.
2. I Wish I Were a Babe (Barbara S Haskew)- Holly Haskew Tambling- lead vocal; Lou Wamp- dobro & fiddle; Jerre Haskew- guitar & banjo; Tim Starnes- mandolin; Bob Wilkerson- electric bass;
Michelle Young- harmony vocals.
3. Ring a Tiny Bell (Barbara S Haskew)- Holly Haskew Tambling- lead vocal; Lou Wamp- dobro; Tim Starnes- mandolin; Jerre Haskew- guitar; Bob Wilkerson- electric bass; Gene Norman-
triangle & tiny bell; Michelle Young- harmony vocals.
4. My Rockabye (Barbara S Haskew)- Holly Haskew Tambling- lead vocal; Lou Wamp- dobro & fiddle; Tim Starnes- mandolin; Jerre Haskew- guitar & banjo; Bob Wilkerson- electric bass;
Michelle Young- harmony vocals.
5. A Woman Like You (Barbara S Haskew & Holly H Tambling)- Holly Haskew Tambling- lead vocal; Lou Wamp- dobro; Tim Starnes- harmonica; Jerre Haskew- guitar; Bob Wilkerson-
electric bass; Michelle Young- harmony vocals.
6. Little Ol' Ainsley Jane (Barbara S Haskew)- Holly Haskew Tambling- lead vocal; Lou Wamp- dobro; Jerre Haskew- guitar & banjo; Bob Wilkerson- electric bass
7. You Broke My Heart (Barbara S Haskew & Holly H Tambling)- Holly Haskew Tambling- lead vocal; Lou Wamp- dobro; Jerre Haskew- guitar; Bob Wilkerson- electric bass; Michelle Young-
harmony vocals.
8. Blessed Baby Child (Barbara S Haskew)- Holly Haskew Tambling- lead vocal; Gary Farmer- piano, organ, guitar, electric bass, drums & percussion; Mike Headrick- guitar; Jackie Harling &
David Case- harmony vocals, caterwauling & hand clapping..
9. If I Only Had a Tail (Barbara S Haskew)- Sarah Richmond McMullen- lead vocal; Gary Farmer- keyboards, guitar, drums & percussion & animal sounds; Mike Headrick- electric guitar,
harmonica & electric bass.
10. The Waffle House Blues (Jerre R Haskew & Barbara S Haskew)- Jerre Haskew- lead vocal; Tim Starnes- fiddle; Lou Wamp- dobro; Tom Horner- electric guitar; Gene Norman- piano; Rick Williams-
electric bass; Greg Shaw- drums & percussion.
11. The Wonderful One-Eyed Beau Dog (Jerre R Haskew)- Jerre Haskew- lead vocal & rhythm guitar; Andy Garverick- 12 string guitar; Tom Kilpatrick- lead nylon string guitar; Lou Wamp- dobro; Bob
Wilkerson- electric bass.
12. A Lion Named Sam (Jerre R Haskew)- Jerre Haskew- lead vocal & rhythm guitar; Andy Garverick- lead guitar & harmony vocal; Tom Kilpatrick- nylon string guitar & harmony vocal; Jim Shuptrine- bass.
13. Song For a Drifter (Jerre R Haskew & Barbara S Haskew)- Jerre Haskew- lead vocal & rhythm guitar; Andy Garverick- banjo & harmony vocal; Tom Kilpatrick- nylon string guitar & harmony
vocal; Jim Shuptrine- bass & whistle.

DISC 2- All tracks were recorded in 2014 at Mikron Studios, South Pittsburg, TN, produced & engineered by Mike Headrick, Mikron Studios, South Pittsburg, TN. Mixed & mastered by Charlie
Latham, Studio Gorilla, Nashville, TN.

1. Songbird (Michelle Young & Jerre R Haskew)- Jerre Haskew- lead vocal; Mike Headrick- guitar, lead guitar, bass, steel guitar, mandolin; Johnny Bellar- dobro; Bob Courter- drums &
percussion; Michelle Young & Jackie Harling- harmony vocals.
2. On My Way To You (Jerre R Haskew)- Jerre Haskew- lead vocal; Mike Headrick- guitar, electric guitar, bass, steel guitar, keyboards; Johnny Bellar- dobro; Bob Courter- drums & percussion; Jimmy &
Jennifer Layne- harmony vocals.
3. Drive-In Movie Picture Show (Jim Henry & Jerre R Haskew)- Jerre Haskew- lead vocal; Mike Headrick- guitar, bass, steel guitar, harmonica, keyboard; Johnny Bellar- dobro; Bob Courter- drums &
percussion; Jimmy & Jennifer Layne- harmony vocals.
4. The Lady of the Highlands (Jerre R Haskew)- Jerre Haskew- lead vocal; Mike Headrick- guitar, bass, mandolin; Joe Caverlee- fiddle; Johnny Bellar- dobro; Bob Courter- drums & percussion;
Jimmy & Jennifer Layne- harmony vocals.
5. Wintertime (Jerre R Haskew)- Jerre Haskew- lead vocal; Mike Headrick- guitar, bass, harmonica, steel guitar; Johnny Bellar- dobro; Bob Courter- drums & percussion; Jimmy & Jennifer Layne-
harmony vocals
6. The Old Ball Glove (Barbara S Haskew)- Jerre Haskew- lead vocal; Michelle Young- child's vocal; Mike Headrick- guitar, bass, harmonica, dobro, keyboards; Bob Courter- drums & percussion; Jimmy &
Jennifer Layne- harmony vocals.
7. The Love Story of the Ages (Jerre R Haskew & Barbara S Haskew)- Jerre Haskew- lead vocal; Mike Headrick- guitar, bass, harmonica, mandolin, steel guitar; Joe Caverlee- fiddle; Bob
Courter- drums & percussion; Jimmy & Jennifer Layne- harmony vocals.
8. Take Our Country Back Again (Jerre R Haskew)- Jerre Haskew- lead vocal; Mike Headrick- guitar, bass, banjo; Johnny Bellar- dobro; Bob Courter- drums & percussion; Jimmy & Jennifer
Layne- harmony vocals.
9. Forever (Jerre R Haskew)- Jerre Haskew- lead vocal; Mike Headrick- guitar, bass, steel guitar; Johnny Bellar- dobro; Bob Courter- drums & percussion; Jimmy & Jennifer Layne- harmony vocals.
10. Bless Us Oh Indeed (Barbara S Haskew)- Barbara Haskew- lead vocal; Mike Headrick- guitar, bass, mandolin, dobro; Bob Courter- drums & percussion; Jimmy & Jennifer Layne- harmony
vocals.

The Songs

Fiery Gizzard Blues - written by Barbara about a love gone wrong set in a bar in an imaginary place called the Fiery Gizzard. It actually celebrates the beautiful and historic wilderness area of Jerre's Haskew ancestors and is the title track of this album.…."So come on down to the Gizzard bar….We'll swap licks for a broken heart….We're gonna tear it up past two….Let that old hound dog whine and moan….We ain't never goin' home….We're gonna rock away those Fiery Gizzard blues!"

I Wish I Were A Babe- written by Barbara in early 1964 as a "gentle" protest song in support of the Civil Rights movement in the South. It's most powerful lines recognize that discrimination against anyone challenges the rights and freedom of us all. Folk historian Nick Noble has named this song one of his Top 50 folk songs of all time.…."The night is wild and the morn comes cold….But there ain't no shackles can hold my soul….They've called me Christian, called me Black or Jew….If they call for me, they can call for you….Want to sleep in the darkness want to smile in the dawn….Just like a little babe rockin' in it's mama's arms."

Ring a Tiny Bell- written by Barbara celebrates the true Spirit of Christmas. It reminds children and adults that the most valuable gift we can give is the love that is in our hearts. …."Ring a tiny bell at Christmas….Light a little candle in the dark….And of all the gifts you bring for Christmas….Always, always bring your heart."

My Rockabye- written by Barbara to celebrate the birth of Holly's first Child, Ainsley Jane, is a beautiful lullaby inspired by her mother who often told her, "Remember you are loved." When children know are loved they carry a protective armor throughout their lives and pass it on to the next generation. All of us need to remind our children and grandchildren to remember they are truly and unconditionally loved.…."Linger with the moon awhile bring the sunrise with your smile….And I will give you wings so you can fly, fly high….And when we are far apart save me a corner of your heart….And remember you are loved, my Rockabye."

A Woman Like You- written by Barbara as what she calls "her trashy country song" about women who chase married men and the committed wives who stand their ground and fight for their marriage.…."I'm Wonder Woman; I'm just in disguise….And I can see through all your sweet little lies….I am a warrior, star-spangled and true….And he's never gonna leave me for a woman like you!"

Little Ol' Ainsley Jane- written by Barbara as a rollicking song for Holly's first child, Ainsley Jane, who was surprised to find that all little children don't have their own song! Borrow this one to celebrate your own baby or grandbaby! …."I'm gonna love you, little ol' Ainsley Jane….I'm so proud of you, little ol' Ainsley Jane….Gonna tell the world about you, little ol' Ainsley Jane….I'm gonna love my little ol' Ainsley Jane!"

You Broke My Heart- written by Barbara about the universal fact that most of us have had our hearts damaged or broken along the way but most of us have dusted ourselves off and made an even better life for ourselves. If this happens to you keep searching for your own "magic mountain."...."The sun's gonna shine on my magic mountain….The moon will kiss me while I sleep….A new love's arms are wrapped around me….And I thank my stars that I finally set me free."

Blessed Baby Child- written by Barbara to celebrate the birth of Holly's second child, James, it soon metamorphosed into a song acknowledging the birth of the Christ Child and the wonder of the births of all God's children. It became a true Gospel song!.…."I'm the thunder in the sky I'm a comet rushin' by….All the laughter and the tears, the prayers of a million years…Blood to blood and bone to bone, blessed baby's comin' home…Hear the future in my cry, I'm just a miracle alive….I'm your blessed baby child!"

If I Only Had a Tail- written by Barbara as a rollicking children's song about "tail envy"- animals, birds and fish that have tails and we humans who don't but wish we did. We plan to make this into a children's book/CD. Barbara dressed up as "A Lion Named Sam" in The Cumberland Trio's reunion concerts and being Sam taught her that a tail and how you use it are very important! Sarah was just 12 years old when she recorded the vocal.…."I'd love to be a monkey swinging' from tree….I'd love to be an eagle floatin' on the breeze….I'd love to make the oceans sound like the mighty, mighty whale….Oh, life would be so perfect….If I only had a tail!…And if you haven't got one, just act like you do….If you wanna be a cutie gotta learn to shake your booty!"

The Waffle House Blues- written by Jerre & Barbara about the trials and travails of a Waffle House waitress, inspired by a visit to a Waffle House in Chattanooga after a concert by Jerre's folk group, The Cumberland Trio. Jerre observed a waitress who seemed depressed and down on her luck…."She's just payin', payin'' down her dues….She's got those scattered, smothered, covered workin' at the Waffle House blues."

The Wonderful One-Eyed Beau Dog- written by Jerre to honor the Haskew family's beloved golden retriever, Beau, who was a friend to everyone. He lived almost 13 years and was treasured by our family and all our friends and neighbors who met him. In his later years after being "fixed," he would sleep and eat inside all day and at night signal that he wanted to go outside and would begin barking and howling at the moon, stars and assorted nocturnal critters.…."The wonderful one-eyed Beau dog, he is really neat….The wonderful one-eyed Beau dog, all day long he sleeps and eats….At night he serenades the moon while he's jammin' with the stars….'Cause the wonderful one-eyed Beau dog plays rock 'n roll guitar!"

A Lion Named Sam- written by Jerre & Barbara in 1963 as a children's song about a little boy and his imaginary playmate, a lion named Sam. It's a story about the power of imagination in us all. There is also a companion children's book of the same title presented to Jerre by Barbara as a surprise 37th wedding anniversary gift. Over 5,000 "Sam" books/CD's have entertained and inspired children, their parents and grandparents all over the nation and around the world!…."Then one night we were gathered 'round and they were a-makin' fun….A purr and a roar and through the door came Sam with a mighty lunge….His tail was wavin' in the air and his whiskers twitched with pride….For nine little lion cubs marching in line were laughin' side by side….And were they surprised!"

Song For a Drifter- written by Jerre & Barbara in 1963- the first song they wrote. It's a whimsical tune about drifting down a river leaving all troubles and cares behind with imagery of the mighty Mississippi…."The wind, a song, this lazy river and me….Troubles behind I'm driftin' lone and free….Ain't no way of knowin'; I only know I'm goin'….With the wind, a song, this lazy river and me."

Songbird- written by our close friend Michelle Young with additional lyrics by Jerre about our families' musical friendship. Jerre's nickname for Michelle is "Songbird," and his grandchildren and Michelle call him "J." Michelle performs superb harmony vocals on several songs on this album.…."Just one detail that needs tendin' to….I need a Songbird to sing it – so how ‘bout you….He says Songbird, sing us a song tonight….And as your voice takes flight….Won't you carry us away….Songbird, you're lifting our spirits high….Like a sparrow your voice will fly….And carry us away."

On My Way To You- written by Jerre at a point in his life when he was searching for the next adventure in his career, not knowing which direction he would take. He uses the imagery of driving all alone in a thunderstorm with the top down, asking himself, "What am I going to do with the rest of my life?" All of us can relate to this universal experience at some point in our lives.…."Cruisin' by a moonlit seaway or goin' mad on the L A freeway….Somewhere is my destination i am bound to roam….Burnin' bridges left behind….Backroads take me through my mind….So much to do, so little time….I've gotta find my home."

Drive-In Movie Picture Show- written by Jim Henry with additional lyrics and melody by Jerre about the surprise and excitement of going to the drive-in movie theater in the early 1950's when he was a child with his Mom, Dad and brothers Gary and Greg- a real trip down nostalgia lane.…."Two-fifty for the carload….We park in the front row….Saturday night feelin' all right….At the drive-in movie picture show!"

The Lady of the Highlands- written by Jerre after viewing the old movie Ivanhoe which was set in the Scottish Highlands, a beautiful place he visited during his business career. The song is based on the classic tale of the shining knight rescuing the fair maiden from the castle of the evil king.…."She's the lady of the highlands and no beauty can compare….To the sweetheart of the mountains brushing back her windblown hair….And with her skin as soft as dewdrops in the sunrise on the pines….She's the lady of the highlands and maybe someday she'll be mine."

Wintertime- written by Jerre during a cold winter when he was missing Barbara during her 22 years of commuting from Chattanooga to Middle Tennessee State University, where she served as Dean of the College of Business, Provost & Distinguished Professor of Economics.…."In the wintertime my mood turns blue and all my thoughts return to you….'Cause I know your love can fill my nights with sunshine….I miss you more than words can say as I await the light of day….Please come on home and love me through my wintertime."

The Old Ball Glove- written by Barbara is a powerful song and true story about the death of a 21 year old soldier and the tragedy that war brings to young families no matter which side they are on. She wrote it in her sleep after watching television coverage of the soldier's funeral and then woke to put it down on paper.…."Yes, he hugged that old ball glove….It was filled with daddy's love….And he'll miss his daddy all his life….God must cry himself to sleep at night."

The Love Story of the Ages- written by Jerre and Barbara in celebration of and reflecting and reminiscing on their 52 years of marriage from their first date at the University of Tennessee to the present with their children and grandchildren.…."Now that was long ago but their hearts remain aglow….As they pause to turn back all those pages….Through the heartaches through the pain, they found the rainbow not the rain….And wrote their song, The Love Story of the Ages."

Take Our Country Back Again- written by Jerre over his frustration at the continuing political gridlock in Washington, DC and his feeling that our nation's people must unite again to rise up and stop it. He uses state nicknames, mottos and slogans to create the imagery of the song…."From the lakes of Minnesota to the hot west Texas plains….From the coast of California to the rocky shores of Maine….It's blazin' 'cross the internet still blowin' in the wind….Let's rise up like the Phoenix and take our country back again….They've shown me in Missouri, volunteered in Tennessee….and from the mountains of New Hampshire hear them shout, ''Don't tread on me!' "

Forever- written by Jerre about and for his close friend John Parker, a widower who found love again after Jerre's encouragement of a reluctant John to ask his friend Mardi to go out with him. They're happily married to this day. "Now forever is always or maybe it's never….How will I know with no courage to tell her?….Or is it for real there's no way of of knowing….Only time will tell if our rivers come flowing together….To flow in love….Forever."

Bless Us Oh Indeed- written by Barbara based on the best-selling book, The Prayer of Jabez, about the passage in 1 Chronicles 4: 9-11 of the Holy Bible where Jabez asked God, "Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory….and God answered his request," meaning that it's good to ask God to bless us without end and inspire us to be the best that we can be.…."Now the world is still the same, full of heartaches, filled with pain….Send us a rainbow, Lord, outside the rain….When You whisper, we will shout….Lift us up let the glory out….And bless us, Lord, bless us, oh indeed….Bless us, bless us, oh indeed….Bless us, Lord, and meet our every need….Give us hope and set us free to be all that we can be….And bless us, bless us, oh indeed."

Produced by Mike Headrick
Executive Producer- Jerre Haskew
@Copyright 2014 Jerre R Haskew & Barbara S Haskew
Fiery Gizzard Records/Music, LLC- BMI
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Wood Allen

Family stories in songs
What a wonderful collection of ballads and love songs from the hearts and musical talents of the Haskew family. 23 wonderful tunes and lyrics to love. From songs that touch the heart like "The Love Story of the Ages," and "The Old Ball Glove," to those that remind us of times and family-shared activities like "Drive-in Movie Picture Show," songs from of the spirit ("Bless Us, Oh Indeed" and "Take My Country Back Again"), fun songs like "Waffle House Blues" and "If I Only Had a Tail", these songs remind us of where we've been, what we've seen, and what we'd like to see and do again. The Fiery Gizzard is a wonderful collection of original American music by the talented Haskew family!
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John S.Such

Songs From The Fiery Gizzard
I truly had a serendipitous experience when I first listened to Songs From The Fiery Gizzard by The Haskew Family - Jerre (The Cumberland Trio), his wife Barbara, their daughter Holly and granddaughter Sarah. This is a real gem and a must have for any collection. I have not stopped playing it since I added it to my cell phone. A collection of folk, and country with tracks for Christmas and children. This is a recording that the entire family will enjoy listening to over and over again. Wonderful vocals and acoustic instrumentation. The tracks were written by the family over the last 50 years. This recording contains 2 CDs with 23 tracks. Everyone of them is a classic. Give it a listen and I am sure you will agree. It is one recording that you will want to have in your home.
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Dave Hardy

One of the best releases of the year!
I've been playing "Songs From the Fiery Gizzard" on Positively Charged, my Internet radio
station (www.PositivelyChargedRadio.com) for a while now.

The album musically chronicles 3 generations of the Haskew family, and does so beautifully.
It starts out in 1963, when Jerre Haskew helped found The Cumberland Trio and met his
wife-to-be Barbara Short, up until the present. There are songs by Jerre, Barbara,
and other members of the Haskew family. Their daughter, Holly Haskew Tambling, has a
particularly notable voice and "knocks the vocals out of the park" on several songs.
There's even a song by granddaughter Sarah McMullen, who was 12 at the time.

Jerre notes that the family's memories are kept not only in scrapbooks, but especially in
their music. Music provides many of my memories also, and the day I received
"Songs From the Fiery Gizzard" is and will be a very fond memory for me,

The songs cover a variety of subjects, from government obstructionism and man's inhumanity
to man, to an imaginary playmate and a reminder that you are loved. There are many others,
but you'll have to hear them for yourself.

Every once in a while an album comes along that I feel honored to own, perhaps even blessed.
"Songs From the Fiery Gizzard - The Music of the Haskew Family" is such an album.
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Terry Lee Ransom

Amazingly Talented Family
A lot of folkies and friends have been waiting patiently for the release of this album! And, for good reason. It is packed with well crafted songs sung and played by members of a very talented family. I have to mention that My Rockabye, written by Barbara Haskew and brilliantly sung by Holly Haskew Tambling, is worth the price of this CD! Lucky for the listener, there is much, much more, many also penned by Barbara. Old Ball Glove, written and sung by Jerre, stirs a lot of old feelings and is bound to make you thankful for your own memories. And who hasn’t experienced the Waffle House Blues?! Anyone who loves folk music, country music, and the trials and joys of family tradition is sure to love this collection. Rather than highlighting each song, just buy it now!
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Tom Lucas

Outstanding Album & Concept!
"Folk, Country and Americana" aptly apply to "The Fiery Gizzard - The Music of the Heskew Family" I ordered my CD after listening to the superb songs on their Facebook page. It's a wonderful blend of voices married to well-played music. The songs are like Allstars in a stadium of music I have come to enjoy best. There are songs I'd love to sing to my grandkids, or plug in the earbuds, sit back and absorb like a heated blanket on a cold day or assist me with my yard work while neighbors curiously watch me singing to my heart's delight. Check the Heskew family talent out, order some copies and thank me later.
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Hannah Vetorino

Firery gizzard
Fantastic music....this is the second album by the Haskew family. They are a very talented family. From Cumberland trio to firery gizzard. I would highly recommend them. Beautiful sound with a lot of range.
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Tony Cavitt

the Music Man tradition
a warm set of heart-crafted tunes o' life from Jerre Haskew, his soul-mate Barbara, and their uber-talented family. this album frees so many warm memories of your own life while you listen to their stories. the love of family and music is so obviously what this family and music is all about. ..
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Mike Lewis of the Twangtown Paramours

Highly Recommended!
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the two wonderful discs that make up Songs from the Fiery Gizzard. This is a collection of great songs performed by an entire family of very talented people. Some of these tunes, such as “A Lion Named Sam” are clever and fun; some, such as “The Old Ball Glove” are beautifully poignant; and some, such as “I Wish I Were a Babe” are as moving as they are important. Every song on the project is sung well, played well, and produced well. And in my humble opinion, this album does a fine job in continuing the tone and quality of work set by the award-winning Cumberland Trio, of which executive producer, singer, and, songwriter, Jerre Haskew was a founding member. For all those who like great folk music, I can’t recommend Songs from the Fiery Gizzard highly enough.
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Bob Moore

What a find!
I'm lucky----I grew up in the New Jersey suburbs just outside NYC in the late 50's/early 60's.Lucky because my family (2 brothers/2 sisters)were constantly listening and talking music.I learned that there are so many varieties and genres,and that it was never "cool" to talk negatively about music you didn't like on first listen.Always dig deeper and you will learn to love all that is out there in the wide world of music.With that I passionately accepted doo wop.soul,rhythm and blues,folk,symphonic ,jazz,rock and on and on.So,when I see an album titled Songs From The Fiery Gizzard,I'm compelled to explore,and I'm so glad I did!
This talented multi generational family not only writes beautifully but performs with such passion and unbridled love for life.From the lyrics that talk of family experiences,be it birth of a child,the joy of the holidays,or the love of home,community and country,you feel like you have become part of their family.
Not only does the Haskew family shine throughout,the musicians that contribute to these beautiful songs are world class and deserve particular admiration and strong listening.
From the bluesy title cut opener, to the tender My Rockabye ,to If iI Only Had A Tail--which rivals any Disney soundtrack I've heard,to the The Wonderful One Eyed Beau Dog,with a beautiful dobro solo from Lou Wamp,to the Folk inspired songs--Lion Named Sam and Song For a Drifter by Mr Haskew's legendary folk group The Cumberland Trio,to the beautiful vocals of Michelle Young on Songbird,I am looking forward to sharing my new discovery with "my" family.
Well done Haskews'!!!!
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Robert Morgan Fisher

Comprehensive Artistry
This 2-disc set is as comprehensive an overview of the amazing Haskew family as one could ever ask for. The production is impeccable--some of the best dobro playing I've heard in years. Holly Haskew Tambling's voice is as clear as a bell and patriarch Jerre Haskew (founding member of the legendary Cumberland Trio) is of course no slouch either. Almost all the songs are Jerre and Barbara Haskew cowrites and indisputable labors of love. The familial warmth and inspired performances are, at times, breathtaking. This stuff can't be faked. Jerre and Barbara wear their influences for all to see--without ever seeming derivative. "On My Way to You," for example incorporates "Pack Up Your Sorrows" handily and of course we're treated to that old Haskew chestnut, "A Lion Named Sam," which happily brings to mind Tom Paxton's "Marvelous Toy." The instrumentation throughout is wonderful, the CD packaging is of such high quality I'd love to see a Haskew Family box set someday. This double-album makes me want to attend a Haskew Family gathering--do you think they'll adopt me? Needless to say, I highly recommend Fiery Gizzard.
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