29 Dances

29 Dances

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by Jan Smith
     
 

A quick glance at the simple photograph of Jan Smith on 29 Dances provides a preview of the music to follow: down to earth, acoustic, and without pretension. The instrumental backdrop of the opener, "James River," hints at bluegrass, with acoustic guitars, mandolin, and banjo, while the poetic lyric and lovely harmony lean toward sophisticated folk. "Your Mamma…  See more details below

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A quick glance at the simple photograph of Jan Smith on 29 Dances provides a preview of the music to follow: down to earth, acoustic, and without pretension. The instrumental backdrop of the opener, "James River," hints at bluegrass, with acoustic guitars, mandolin, and banjo, while the poetic lyric and lovely harmony lean toward sophisticated folk. "Your Mamma Don't Care" follows, and covers similar territory. Smith is a good singer who delivers her songs in a natural, easygoing style, though her range is limited. She utilizes superb harmony singers on 29 Dances, most expressively on the first track, though Jeff Vogelgesang and Patty Mitchell add a nice balance to songs like "Willow Tree." The album's mostly acoustic arrangements provide the album with a firm underpinning, though Smith and company vary the pacing quite a bit from song to song to keep things interesting. Randy Kohrs' resonator work on "Depend on My Love" brings the right touch to this emotion-filled song, while Johnny Hiland's spunky acoustic guitar picking adds lots of get-up-and-go to "Woman Your Guitar." Another nice thing about 29 Dances is Smith's writing, striking a balance between tuneful melodies and solid lyrics. With good songs, solid picking, and simple vocals, Smith's 29 Dances is an enjoyable release.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/04/2006
Label:
Landslide
UPC:
0012886103423
catalogNumber:
1034

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jan Smith   Primary Artist
Robert Bowlin   Fiddle
Byron House   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Pat McInerney   Percussion
Mark Fain   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Bass
Pete Huttlinger   Electric Guitar
Randy Kohrs   Guitar (Resonator)
David Talbot   Banjo
Patty Mitchell   Vocal Harmony
Jeff Vogelgesang   Mandolin,Vocal Harmony
Johnny Hiland   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Andrew Hull   Engineer
Bil VornDick   Producer,Engineer
Jeff Vogelgesang   Composer
Jan Smith   Composer

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29 Dances 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jan Smith is wonderful! Her voice takes you on a journey into her world of genuine talent and life filled experiences. I can listen to this CD all day and never get tired of her voice or her melodies! Her talent goes beyond just singing but in her song writing as well! I am looking forward to hearing her next CD! I would recommend this CD to any true music lover!