Draw Closer

Draw Closer

by Ginny Hawker
     
 

Most of Draw Closer was recorded live in Louisiana in a one-room house built in the early 1800s, and that's exactly the feel that predominates here, the unadorned feel of an intimate living room session with a group of dedicated old-timey musicians. Ginny Hawker's no frills tenor is the focus on most tracks, along with husband Tracy Schwarz's well-worn West…  See more details below

Overview

Most of Draw Closer was recorded live in Louisiana in a one-room house built in the early 1800s, and that's exactly the feel that predominates here, the unadorned feel of an intimate living room session with a group of dedicated old-timey musicians. Ginny Hawker's no frills tenor is the focus on most tracks, along with husband Tracy Schwarz's well-worn West Virginia mountain drawl, and the playing (Schwarz on guitar, Ron Stewart on mandolin and fiddle, Peter Schwarz on bass, and with producer Dirk Powell adding mandolin on two tracks) is wonderfully minimal and appropriate. The music on Draw Closer comes from an era when the distinct lines between Appalachian ballads, gospel, blues, early honky tonk and bluegrass were not yet fully formed, and the result, while it sounds old and sometimes truly ancient, is oddly modern and refreshing. Among the highlights are the bleak, stark and unnerving "Poor Drunkard's Dream," driven by Stewart's insistent modal fiddle line, and the old Appalachian ballad, "Little Willie," which also draws its muted tension from a modal arrangement. Kari Sickenberger joins Hawker for a wonderfully harmonized duet on Kate Peters Sturgill's "Poor Orphan Child." The album ends with a striking, yet comfortable, version of "Please Baby," originally done by the Mississippi Sheiks, and it perfectly illustrates the junction at which blues and early honky tonk mixed. There is a quiet, patient strength to this album, and its unassuming simplicity gives it the veneer of timelessness.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2004
Label:
Rounder Select
UPC:
0682161054322
catalogNumber:
543

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ginny Hawker   Primary Artist,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal),Soloist,Vocal Harmony
Dirk Powell   Mandolin
Tracy Schwarz   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Baritone (Vocal),Soloist,Vocal Harmony
Peter Schwarz   Bass,Baritone (Vocal),Tenor (Vocal)
Ron Stewart   Fiddle,Guitar,Mandolin,Rhythm Guitar
Kari Sickenberger   Tenor (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Ralph Stanley   Arranger
Walter Vinson   Composer
Wade Mainer   Composer
Mother Maybelle Carter   Composer
Johnnie Wright   Composer
Lonnie Chatmon   Composer
Ginny Hawker   Song Notes
Dirk Powell   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Tracy Schwarz   Composer,Song Notes
Carter Stanley   Arranger
Jack Anglin   Composer
Jim Anglin   Composer
Julia Mainer   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Elizabeth Bradshaw   Cover Photo

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