Betty's Diner: The Best of Carrie Newcomer

Betty's Diner: The Best of Carrie Newcomer

by Carrie Newcomer
     
 
Artist-chosen best-of recordings can be problematic because though in some way the artist is uniquely qualified to know what worked and what didn't, she isn't always party to the knowledge of what connects with audiences. This 17-track best-of is rather strange. For those who are unacquainted with the work of Carrie Newcomer, there is little incentive to purchase this

Overview

Artist-chosen best-of recordings can be problematic because though in some way the artist is uniquely qualified to know what worked and what didn't, she isn't always party to the knowledge of what connects with audiences. This 17-track best-of is rather strange. For those who are unacquainted with the work of Carrie Newcomer, there is little incentive to purchase this. Like many of her peers, Newcomer takes herself very seriously in virtually every song she writes, and her delivery is that of the "classic" impassioned and intimate, post-1970s singer/songwriter. If it comes off as narcissistic, that's because it is impossible to write songs like this without being so. The reliance on individual discovery and revelation is a bit insular even as it tries to engage the world outside, hence making her oeuvre a shelf of politically correct (the 20th century's inadvertent contribution to cultural censorship), granola-coated relativist spiritual observations about life in the process of being lived every day, with only tiny, incongruant messes revealed for the like-minded listener to garner requisite empathy for. In other words, don't look for challenges to any real status quo here, left, right or center. However, there are literally legions of listeners for whom this music comes off as sincere, honest, and drenched in truth, and one would have a hard time arguing with them because Newcomer is about as far from cynical as you can get. For these people, this collection will come off as a treasure trove, with a few items that perhaps should have been included, left off, and some on that should have been left off, but that is the standard quibble with such collections. Newcomer's generosity as an artist does come off in spades and off-kilter as she opens the album with three unreleased songs unique to this set, giving the faithful who have bought her nine previous outings something special for their money. As is evidenced by the track list, Newcomer has a way of seeing her work holistically and as a continuum, and her selections reflect this, along with a wry sense of humor and her obvious spiritual and social convictions.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/27/2004
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011671124520
catalogNumber:
711245

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carrie Newcomer   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Alison Krauss   Vocals
Don Dixon   Bass
Jim Brock   Percussion,Drums
Dane Clark   Percussion,Drums
Jeff Farias   Acoustic Bass
Mary Gaines   Cello,Vocal Harmony
Jennifer Kimball   Vocal Harmony
Randy Melson   Bass
Tammy Patrick   Vocal Harmony
Richard Putnam   Piano,Hammond Organ
Michael Read   Keyboards,Wurlitzer
Jamey Reid   Percussion,Drums
Susan Denton Staley   Vocal Harmony
Chris Wagner   Mandolin,Violin,Lap Steel Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Grey Larson   Fiddle,Flute,Concertina
Donald Lawrence   Vocals
Arnetta Murrill-Crooms   Vocal Harmony
Brent Wallarab   Trombone
Gary Walters   Piano
Jason Wilber   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jason Wilbur   Mandolin
Sharla Reed   Vocal Harmony
Mark Buselli   Trumpet
Moira Smiley   Vocal Harmony
Tom Clark   Saxophone
Dave Weber   Vocal Harmony
Jeff Hedback   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Beth Lodge-Rigal   Vocal Harmony
Lauren Robert   Vocal Harmony
Andre Gaskins   Cello
Winton Reynolds   Piano
Keith Skooglund   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar
Polina Unamsky   Cello
Sandy Williams   Electric Guitar
David Wierhake   Piano

Technical Credits

Carrie Newcomer   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Michael Graham   Producer,Engineer
Robert Meitus   Composer,Producer
Hugh Syme   Art Direction
Brent Wallarab   Horn Arrangements
Jason Wilber   Composer
Gary Larsen   Cello Arrangement
Mark Anthony Williams   Producer,Engineer
Dave Weber   Producer,Engineer
Linda Yue   Art Direction
Parker J. Palmer   Liner Notes

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