Canyoneers

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
What could be simpler than putting together two singers/musicians and a handful of good songs? In fact, Canyoneers will remind listeners of good live music, the kind made on the back porch, not the concert stage. Chris Brashear and Peter McLaughlin give the impression of a couple of friends who break out the guitar and fiddle after an evening meal just for the sheer joy of it. With old and new songs, easy-flowing instrumentals, and an eclectic mix of guitars, fiddles, and mandolins, Canyoneers offers a fresh approach to traditionally styled music. "Sad Parting, Sad Goodbye" is a Brashear original and serves as a good example of a writer crafting a contemporary song ...
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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
What could be simpler than putting together two singers/musicians and a handful of good songs? In fact, Canyoneers will remind listeners of good live music, the kind made on the back porch, not the concert stage. Chris Brashear and Peter McLaughlin give the impression of a couple of friends who break out the guitar and fiddle after an evening meal just for the sheer joy of it. With old and new songs, easy-flowing instrumentals, and an eclectic mix of guitars, fiddles, and mandolins, Canyoneers offers a fresh approach to traditionally styled music. "Sad Parting, Sad Goodbye" is a Brashear original and serves as a good example of a writer crafting a contemporary song out of a timeworn theme. McLaughlin's "Lost Canyons" tells the tale of a westerner who attempted to conquer the landscape only to destroy the habitat of the original occupants. "Little Gibson March" is a breezy instrumental that gives both players a chance to show off their guitar picking, while "Brittlebush" features some nice fiddle work by Brashear. The album's greatest strength is the combined talents of Brashear and McLaughlin. Both are fine singers and songwriters, and their harmony -- sprinkled here and there -- brings a little something extra to these songs. Canyoneers will inspire acoustic music fans to pull up a straight-backed chair, relax, and enjoy the informal music of Chris Brashear and Peter McLaughlin.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/8/2003
  • Label: Copper Creek
  • UPC: 722321022225
  • Catalog Number: 222

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chris Brashear Primary Artist, Bass, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Peter McLaughlin Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Jimmie Davis Composer
Billy McLaughlin Composer
David Glasser Mastering
Peter McLaughlin Composer, Producer
Jim Scott Composer
Ron Thomason Liner Notes
Alton Delmore Composer
M. Christian Composer
Bill Cashman Engineer
Chris Brashear Composer, Producer
Traditional Composer
D.T. Gentry Composer
Loy Clingman Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful jaunt through the West, with stories that hold a listener's attention until the last verses are sung

    Chris Brashear and Peter McLaughlin have worked together for over a decade. Some may recall their Tucson-based Frog Mountain Trio, formed in 1992. At present, both musicians also play in The Perfect Strangers, with Jody Stecher, Bob Black and Forrest Rose. On this project, McLaughlin plays guitar, and Brashear plays guitar, fiddle, mandolin (and even bass on one track, "Lost Canyons"). Many of the duets they sing are ballads, where the stories are the central items of importance. Brashear does a nice job of turning real events into quality songs. For example, , like "Midwestern Fear," is about the Missouri tornado he experienced in the sixth grade. Chris wrote the opener ("Sad Parting, Sad Goodbye") about his daughter, Hollis. At first, I thought that it was about an emigrant girl heading to America. However, upon further investigation, I discovered that Brashear and his daughter had gone to Italy for several years in the mid- to late-90s. The teacher and students at her school had grown so fond of Brashear's daughter that they all turned out to say a "Sad Goodbye-- a little sadder than the rest " on the day she had to leave to return to America. Combine simple melodies with some parallel vocal harmony and flatpicked guitar fills, and you'll be instantly drawn into the unfolding drama. Tune in and pay attention to the lyrics on a project like this. It's nice to see them included in a 12-page booklet with this CD. You hear tales about a breed of fearless river rats, a cheating wife who gets murdered, a warning to be fair and honest, and a sad country woman during the Depression. An environmental message permeates McLaughlin's "Lost Canyons," about the damming of the Colorado River and creation of Lake Powell. For instrumental respite, there are Brasher's "Little Gibson March," McLaughlin's "Brittlebush," and the traditional "McMichen's Reel." I was happy to see these musical "brothers" include a couple numbers from the repertoire of the Delmores -- "Remember I Feel Lonesome Too," and "Someday You'll Pay." The CD closes with a western gospel number, "Roundup Time in Heaven." Sparsely adorned, this album provides a wonderful jaunt through the West, with stories that hold a listener's attention until the last verses are sung. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)

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