Bound to Go

Bound to Go

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by Andrew Calhoun
     
 

On Bound to Go, Andrew Calhoun delves into one of the American song bag's most inspirational niches, tunes that were composed in response to the history of slavery in the American South. There are spirituals with their thinly veiled messages of liberation, love songs and lullabies, work songs, prison songs, tunes that show an obvious African influence, and oneSee more details below

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On Bound to Go, Andrew Calhoun delves into one of the American song bag's most inspirational niches, tunes that were composed in response to the history of slavery in the American South. There are spirituals with their thinly veiled messages of liberation, love songs and lullabies, work songs, prison songs, tunes that show an obvious African influence, and one song collected from the African-American soldiers who fought for the United States in World War I. Calhoun is joined by 14 fervent vocalists and eight musicians who support the singers with their understated power. Some of the album's 35 tracks are well-known, at least to folkies, but most are not, the result of Calhoun's exhaustive research and a determination to present unfamiliar songs telling this timeless story of inspiration and faith in the face of a system of indifferent evil. Most of the tunes are short, but they're all undeniably powerful. There are so many transcendent moments here that it's hard to highlight just a few. As the album unfolds -- and this is an album in the old sense, a unified work that holds together as a single work of art -- you can feel your spirit unfolding, lifted up by the power that generations of unknown composers and singers have put into these songs. That said, there are still moments that jump out at you: "Turkle Dove," with a tune that echoes through a dozen folk songs, sung in the jubilee gospel style by Casey Calhoun, Andrew Calhoun, and Fred Campeau; "Run to Jesus," a song given to the Fisk Jubilee Singers by Frederick Douglass, the first song he ever heard that made him think of a life beyond slavery, delivered simply by Runako Robinson, Valerie Carter-Brown, Big Llou Johnson, Tony Dale, Fred Campeau, and Katherine Davis; "Them Old Black Gnats," an a cappella song of suffering with a hidden message of resistance marked by Big Llou Johnson's mournful baritone; "Anchor Line," a mournful blues with an implied message of escape on the underground railroad sung by Andrew Calhoun (the tune is also known as "The Crawdad Song"); and "Ol' Egyp'," a chilling song of escape from the bloodhounds of the slave masters. "Hear the Trumpet Sound," a staple from the songbook of the Fisk Jubilee Singers with mournful cello accompaniment, is a song full of resolute faith and somber resignation.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/2008
Label:
Waterbug Records
UPC:
0753114008324
catalogNumber:
83

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Tracks

  1. Blow Your Trumpet Gabriel
  2. Roll Jordan Roll
  3. Turkle Dove
  4. Come and Go with Me
  5. Bound to Go
  6. O'er the Crossing
  7. Run to Jesus
  8. Run Brother Run
  9. Molly Cottontail
  10. Go to Sleep, My Baby
  11. Old Man's Song
  12. Jaybird & Sparrow
  13. Sheep and Goat
  14. Them Ol' Black Gnats
  15. Milly Biggers
  16. Sandy Land
  17. Anchor Line
  18. Rough & Rolling Sea
  19. Four and Twenty Elders
  20. Hammering Judgment
  21. Wake Up Jacob
  22. Way Up on the Mountain
  23. Ol' Egyp'
  24. Calvary
  25. Run Mary Run
  26. Sun Don't Set in Morning
  27. Uncle Billy
  28. Ol' Elder Brown
  29. No More Cane on the Brazos
  30. Lost John
  31. Back Home in Georgia
  32. Hear the Trumpet Sound
  33. Open the Window Noah
  34. Michael Haul the Boat Ahsore
  35. Tree of Life

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Andrew Calhoun   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Dave Moore   Banjo,Fiddle,Harmonica,Strings,Trumpet,Cello
Richard Shindell   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Erwin Helfer   Percussion,Piano
Fred Campeau   Banjo,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Fretless Banjo
Sue Demel   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Bruce Roper   Vocals
Tony Dale   Percussion,Bass Drums,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Snare Drums,Djembe,Bodhran
David Allen Young   Trumpet,Vocals
Tyisha Williams   Vocals
Runako Robinson   Vocals
Big Llou Johnson   Vocals

Technical Credits

Andrew Calhoun   Arranger,Producer,Author
Bessie Jones   Author
Bruce Roper   Engineer,Mastering
John Svec   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Mark Frethem   Engineer

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