Beneath Some Lucky Star

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All Music Guide - J. Poet
Bill Staines has been a professional folksinger for more than 45 years. A quiet, indefatigable road warrior, he logs an impressive number of gigs every year, and at 65 he shows no signs of slowing down. Like his 2007 album, Old Dogs, this outing contemplates the certainty of mortality and the joys of a life well lived. Like a fine wine, Staines may be aging, but he's also getting better, producing songs that are richer, deeper, and more nuanced as the years roll on. He's always had a gift for finely wrought melodies, and lyrics that shine new light on familiar subjects, but his muse seems to be getting stronger and more luminous as he ages. The arrangements here feature Larry ...
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All Music Guide - J. Poet
Bill Staines has been a professional folksinger for more than 45 years. A quiet, indefatigable road warrior, he logs an impressive number of gigs every year, and at 65 he shows no signs of slowing down. Like his 2007 album, Old Dogs, this outing contemplates the certainty of mortality and the joys of a life well lived. Like a fine wine, Staines may be aging, but he's also getting better, producing songs that are richer, deeper, and more nuanced as the years roll on. He's always had a gift for finely wrought melodies, and lyrics that shine new light on familiar subjects, but his muse seems to be getting stronger and more luminous as he ages. The arrangements here feature Larry Luddecke's organ as often as they do Staines' guitar, and his subtle, sustained chords add a sanctified aura to songs that look back on a lifetime of singing and writing heartfelt music. "Salt Air" takes us on a stroll along the seashore, with Luddecke's churchy organ adding to the poignancy of Staines' Celtic-flavored melody and his gentle musings on the eternal nature of the sea and the soothing waves that can wash away the mundane complaints that insulate humans from nature's natural beauty. "If I Come to Need an Angel" is a quiet meditation on the inevitability of passing time that balances the reality of aging with a quiet faith in something bigger and wiser than this human life, and in the power of song to soothe our way as we make our final journey. "Ceremony" reminds us to celebrate every precious moment of life with an anthemic, uplifting chorus that will have you singing along with a tear in your eye. Staines' vocals are as gentle as ever, but they're imbued with the grace and beauty of a life well lived that gives them an uncommon power.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2012
  • Label: Red House
  • UPC: 033651026228
  • Catalog Number: 262
  • Sales rank: 116,615

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Staines Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
John Curtis Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar
Larry Luddecke Organ, Piano
Mike Walsh Bass
Brian Wood Guitar
Stingy Lapel Conga
Oisín McCauley Strings, Violin
Technical Credits
Ian Tyson Composer, Lyricist
Pierce Pettis Composer, Lyricist
Bill Staines Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Liner Notes
Mason Daring Composer, Lyricist
Sylvia Fricker Composer, Lyricist
Larry Luddecke Producer
Eric Peltoniemi Layout
Traditional Composer
Lee Ann Brown Composer, Lyricist
Bowen Staines Cover Design
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