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Beyond the Blue

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Mixing Celtic fiddles, old-time claw hammer banjo, Latin percussion, blues- and Cajun-infused vocals, and a deft country pop touch, Winnipeg's Duhks, at their best, stretch traditional folk and string band sounds into the 21st century with a sharp freshness, all without distorting or demolishing the group's traditional base, something that is a lot easier to say than actually do. They aren't deliberately innovative so much as they're smart assimilators, and even that can get stale and predictable, a difficult line the band walks and mostly avoids on Beyond the Blue, the group's fifth studio album. Produced by Mike Merenda and Ruth Unger of the Mammals, and helped by the ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Mixing Celtic fiddles, old-time claw hammer banjo, Latin percussion, blues- and Cajun-infused vocals, and a deft country pop touch, Winnipeg's Duhks, at their best, stretch traditional folk and string band sounds into the 21st century with a sharp freshness, all without distorting or demolishing the group's traditional base, something that is a lot easier to say than actually do. They aren't deliberately innovative so much as they're smart assimilators, and even that can get stale and predictable, a difficult line the band walks and mostly avoids on Beyond the Blue, the group's fifth studio album. Produced by Mike Merenda and Ruth Unger of the Mammals, and helped by the return of vocalist Jessee Havey (non-touring founding vocalists Tania Elizabeth and Jordan McConnell are also present here) and new members, fiddler Rosie Newton, drummer/percussionist Kevin Garcia, and guitarist/bouzouki player Colin Savoie-Levac, the Duhks seem rejuvenated throughout this set. The opener and title track, a fine cover of Beth Nielson Chapman and Gary Nicholson's "Beyond the Blue," suits Havey's near-alto and wonderfully nuanced vocals, and sets the tone for the varied fare that follows, including a nice reworking of the traditional "Banjo Roustabout." No matter how far afield the band travels musically, founder Leonard Podolak's fine claw hammer banjo playing is always at the rhythmic center of things, and paces nearly every track, including the stomping Cajun reel "Lazy John," another of the album's highlights. If there's a danger in the weeds for the Duhks, it might be in trying to be all things at once, a situation they avoid, for the most part, on this fine addition to their catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2014
  • Label: Compass Records
  • UPC: 766397463223
  • Catalog Number: 4632
  • Sales rank: 20,914

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Beyond the Blue (4:16)
  2. 2 Banjo Roustabout - Jefferson Hamer (4:00)
  3. 3 Suffer No Fools (4:00)
  4. 4 Burn - Jefferson Hamer (3:52)
  5. 5 These Dreams (3:39)
  6. 6 Black Mountain Lullaby - Jefferson Hamer (5:38)
  7. 7 Tønderhoning (2:29)
  8. 8 Lazy John - Jefferson Hamer (4:31)
  9. 9 Je Pense À Toi (4:49)
  10. 10 You Go East, I'll Go West - Jefferson Hamer (5:06)
  11. 11 Just One Step Away - Jefferson Hamer (2:42)
  12. 12 Je Pense À Toi (Reprise) (2:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Duhks Primary Artist
Abby Newton Cello, Guest Appearance
Tania Elizabeth Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocal Harmony
Ruthy Ungar Fiddle, Vocal Harmony, Guest Appearance
Andy Stack Bass, Guest Appearance
Kevin Garcia Cymbals, Bass Drums, Tambourine, Caxixi, Snare Drums, Djembe, Cajon, Shekere, cowbell, Wood Block, finger cymbals, Doumbek, Wind Chimes, Ghungru, Tar
Marco Benevento Piano, Guest Appearance, Hammond B3
Blake Miller Accordion, Guest Appearance
Jordan McConnell Low Whistle, Guest Appearance
Leonard Podolak Vocals, Claw Hammer Banjo
Jacob Silver Bowed Bass, Guest Appearance
Lydia Garrison Fiddle, Vocal Harmony, Guest Appearance
Jefferson Hamer Guitar, Guitar (12 String Electric), Telecaster, Vocal Harmony
Joel Ricci Trumpet, Guest Appearance
Charlie Rose Lap Steel Guitar, Guest Appearance
Ben Wright Horn Engineer
Mike Merenda Triangle, Guest Appearance
Chris Miller Saxophone, Guest Appearance
Rosie Newton Fiddle, Viola
Colin Savoie-Levac Bouzouki
Jessee Havey Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Beth Nielsen Chapman Composer
Gary Nicholson Composer
Chris Athens Mastering
Robert Hakalski Layout
Tania Elizabeth Composer, Logo Design, Art Conception
Ruthy Ungar Composer, Producer, Engineer
Amadou Bagayoko Composer
Traditional Composer
Caroline Herring Composer
The Duhks Arranger
Marco Benevento Piano Engineer
Jessica Havey Composer
Leonard Podolak Composer
Jacob Silver Bass Engineer
Lydia Garrison Composer
Gustaf Ljunggren Composer
Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen Composer
Charlie Rose Guitar Engineer
Mike Merenda Producer, Engineer
Nikolaj Busk Composer
Rubin Kantorovich Vocal Engineer
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