Guitar Pickin' Martyrs

Guitar Pickin' Martyrs

by Luther Wright & The Wrongs
     
 

The success of Luther Wright & the Wrongs' 2001 release Rebuild the Wall may have been something of a mixed blessing for the Canadian alt-country act. While it won them a great deal of press and radio attention, and exposed them to a brand-new audience, the album -- a semi-acoustic, bluegrass-influenced interpretation of the songs from See more details below

Overview

The success of Luther Wright & the Wrongs' 2001 release Rebuild the Wall may have been something of a mixed blessing for the Canadian alt-country act. While it won them a great deal of press and radio attention, and exposed them to a brand-new audience, the album -- a semi-acoustic, bluegrass-influenced interpretation of the songs from Pink Floyd's The Wall -- also had novelty record written all over, no matter how skillful and imaginative the results may have been. For his follow-up, Wright has reasserted himself as a songwriter, and while Guitar Pickin' Martyrs has a few cuts played for a laugh, the wit is nearly always rueful. For all its high spirits and often energetic tempos, the album's dominant theme is a man stuck at the bottom of an emotional well in the wake of heartbreak. "Broken F*%?#@! Heart" wears its witty crankiness on its sleeve, but that doesn't dilute its genuine bitterness, and the more elegant heartbreak of "Land of Milk and Honey" and "Letting Go" mines an eloquent sadness that's real and affecting. The subtle but pin-sharp performances of Wright's backing musicians -- especially Burke Carroll on pedal steel and Megan Palmer on fiddle -- adds greatly to the album's strength. Coupled with Wright's songs, Guitar Pickin' Martyrs proves these folks have a lot more to offer than Pink Floyd covers, though it's an open question if as many people will fork over money to hear Wright and the Wrongs tell their own downbeat tales of dashed hopes and broken hearts.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/2003
Label:
Back Porch
UPC:
0724358410624
catalogNumber:
84106

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Luther Wright & The Wrongs   Primary Artist,Indexed Contributor,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Sean Kelly   Banjo,Vocals
Chris Quinn   Banjo
Grant Ethier   Percussion,Background Vocals
Jason Mercer   Banjo
Camille Giroux   Drums,Vocals
Oh Susanna   Vocals
Sarah Harmer   Vocals
Chris Brown   Piano,Keyboards
Burke Carroll   Pedal Steel Guitar
Dan Curtis   Banjo,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar
Mauro Sepe   Drums
Spencer Evans   Clarinet

Technical Credits

Bill Monroe   Composer
Jeff Elliott   Mastering
Grant Ethier   Producer,Engineer
Robin Aubé   Producer,Engineer
Luther Wright & The Wrongs   Composer,Producer
Aaron Holmberg   Engineer
Tanis Rideout   Poetry

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