Draw Closer

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2004
  • Label: Rounder Select
  • UPC: 682161054322
  • Catalog Number: 543
  • Sales rank: 378,529

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Katie Dear - Tracy Schwarz (2:46)
  2. 2 Those Blue Eyes - Tracy Schwarz (2:52)
  3. 3 Soldier's Farewell - Tracy Schwarz (4:38)
  4. 4 Poor Drunkard's Dream - Tracy Schwarz (3:50)
  5. 5 Little Willie - Tracy Schwarz (2:47)
  6. 6 My Closest Neighbor - Tracy Schwarz (2:55)
  7. 7 Climbing Up the Golden Stairs - Tracy Schwarz (2:58)
  8. 8 The Dying Ranger - Tracy Schwarz (3:40)
  9. 9 Love Will Roll the Clouds Away - Tracy Schwarz (2:43)
  10. 10 Salem's Bright King - Tracy Schwarz (4:48)
  11. 11 Poor Orphan Child - Tracy Schwarz (3:06)
  12. 12 Lonesome - Tracy Schwarz (2:41)
  13. 13 Lonesome for You, Darling - Tracy Schwarz (3:12)
  14. 14 Please Baby - Tracy Schwarz (3:26)
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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
Toby Mountain Mastering
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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