Back Home in Sulphur Springs [Norman & Nancy Blake]

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Norman and Nancy Blake return to their roots on Back Home in Sulphur Springs, recalling Norman Blake's first album in 1972, Home in Sulphur Springs. Not that the couple ever strayed from their roots, but call it a spiritual homecoming. The main difference is that Norman Blake is joined by Nancy Blake this time, and that this album actually has a song on it that refers to Sulphur Springs. The Blakes' sound and production is simple and straightforward, the perfect approach for old-timey favorites like "Columbus Stockade Blues" and "More Good Women Gone Wrong." Between the two of them, the Blakes play guitar, fiddle, mandolin, dobro, and cello, allowing for a great deal...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Norman and Nancy Blake return to their roots on Back Home in Sulphur Springs, recalling Norman Blake's first album in 1972, Home in Sulphur Springs. Not that the couple ever strayed from their roots, but call it a spiritual homecoming. The main difference is that Norman Blake is joined by Nancy Blake this time, and that this album actually has a song on it that refers to Sulphur Springs. The Blakes' sound and production is simple and straightforward, the perfect approach for old-timey favorites like "Columbus Stockade Blues" and "More Good Women Gone Wrong." Between the two of them, the Blakes play guitar, fiddle, mandolin, dobro, and cello, allowing for a great deal of elasticity in arrangements. Norman Blake sings lead while Nancy Blake adds her harmony to the choruses of songs like "The Girl I Left in Sunny Tennessee" and "Happy Little Home in Arkansas." The joy of Back Home in Sulphur Springs, as with all of the Blakes' solo and joint projects, is their off-the-cuff, non-pretentious manner. No, they're not the latest, hot string band who work hard to prove their authenticity. Norman and Nancy Blake just do what they do, and one imagines that the couple's live performances aren't a heck of a lot different than the music on Back Home in Sulphur Springs. For fans and anyone who wants to hear neo- old-timey music done right, Back Home in Sulphur Springs is the real deal.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/31/2006
  • Label: Western Jubilee
  • UPC: 803020121126
  • Catalog Number: 33
  • Sales rank: 151,292

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 More Good Women Gone Wrong - Norman Blake (3:15)
  2. 2 Columbus Stockade Blues - Norman Blake (3:24)
  3. 3 He's Coming to Us Dead - Norman Blake (3:02)
  4. 4 The Girl I Left in Sunny Tennessee - Norman Blake (3:35)
  5. 5 We Parted by the Riverside - Norman Blake (3:56)
  6. 6 Ella Ree - Norman Blake (3:37)
  7. 7 Happy Little Home in Arkansas - Norman Blake (3:10)
  8. 8 Back Home in Sulphur Springs - Norman Blake (3:24)
  9. 9 The Mermaid - Norman Blake (5:25)
  10. 10 Take Me Home Poor Julia - Norman Blake (4:36)
  11. 11 Seaboard Airline Rag - Norman Blake (2:51)
  12. 12 Star Spangled Banner - Norman Blake (1:58)
  13. 13 The Empress of Ireland - Norman Blake (3:38)
  14. 14 Katy Cline - Norman Blake (3:23)
  15. 15 [Untitled Track] - Norman Blake (4:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Norman & Nancy Blake Primary Artist
Nancy Blake Guitar, Mandolin, Cello, Vocals
Norman Blake Dobro, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Nancy Blake Liner Notes
Norman Blake Arranger, Composer, Liner Notes
James Bryan Arranger
David Glasser Mastering
Butch Hause Engineer
Scott O'Malley Liner Notes, Cover Photo
Traditional Composer
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