Here and Now

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
In 1991, when former dB's bandmates Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey ambled into the studio to record the collaborative album Mavericks, they cut a largely acoustic and low-key set of songs which seemed to reflect their status as thirty-somethings beginning to look past the rough-and-tumble side of the energetic pop that was their trademark. Eighteen years later, both Holsapple and Stamey are eligible to join AARP, and their second album as a duo, Here and Now, clearly reflects the maturity that making itself felt on Mavericks. At the same time, in many respects it's a more upbeat and optimistic album than Mavericks, and it's every bit as pleasurable. Opening an album with ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
In 1991, when former dB's bandmates Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey ambled into the studio to record the collaborative album Mavericks, they cut a largely acoustic and low-key set of songs which seemed to reflect their status as thirty-somethings beginning to look past the rough-and-tumble side of the energetic pop that was their trademark. Eighteen years later, both Holsapple and Stamey are eligible to join AARP, and their second album as a duo, Here and Now, clearly reflects the maturity that making itself felt on Mavericks. At the same time, in many respects it's a more upbeat and optimistic album than Mavericks, and it's every bit as pleasurable. Opening an album with a Family cover is a sure way to show your age, but in Holsapple and Stamey's hands "My Friend the Sun" is an anthem of cautious optimism and new beginnings, and while the album passes through a variety of moods, even the most downbeat numbers speak of the need to pick up and move on to better days (" Begin Again"), and the coffee-fueled "Early in the Morning," the slyly romantic "Broken Record," and the atmospheric "Santa Monica" (the basic track taken from a dB's rehearsal recording) all speak of love on a grown-up level, with all the attendant joys and responsibilities. Both Holsapple and Stamey are in fine form as both vocalists and songwriters, and these 14 songs are a lovely reminder of how well they work together (and their harmonies are still splendid). "Widescreen World" is snappy enough to have found a place on Repercussion and "Tape Op Blues" is a funny bit of nostalgia for the dB's and their brief moment of almost-stardom, and though the more measured tone of "Song for Johnny Cash" and "Long Time Coming" are more indicative of Here and Now's tone, the album's warmth, emotional honesty, and abundant smarts make it as much of a joy as its early-'90s counterpart. Here and Now is good enough that you can't help but wish Holsapple and Stamey cut another album before they start getting their Social Security checks.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/9/2009
  • Label: Bar/None Records
  • UPC: 032862019029
  • Catalog Number: 190
  • Sales rank: 167,505

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My Friend the Sun - Peter Holsapple (4:21)
  2. 2 Santa Monica - Peter Holsapple (4:42)
  3. 3 Here and Now - Peter Holsapple (4:05)
  4. 4 Early in the Morning - Peter Holsapple (3:47)
  5. 5 Widescreen World - Peter Holsapple (3:51)
  6. 6 Broken Record - Peter Holsapple (4:39)
  7. 7 Ukulele - Peter Holsapple (1:46)
  8. 8 Begin Again - Peter Holsapple (4:14)
  9. 9 Bird on the Wing - Peter Holsapple (3:54)
  10. 10 Some of the Parts - Peter Holsapple (3:32)
  11. 11 Song for Johnny Cash - Peter Holsapple (3:51)
  12. 12 Long Time Coming - Peter Holsapple (3:03)
  13. 13 To Be Loved - Peter Holsapple (4:27)
  14. 14 Tape Op Blues - Peter Holsapple (2:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chris Stamey Primary Artist, Vocals
Andy Burton Organ
Gene Holder Bass
Peter Holsapple Vocals
Robert Keely Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Wes Lachot Organ, Wurlitzer
Branford Marsalis Saxophone
Will Rigby Drums
John Chumbris Bass
Lydia Kavanagh Vocals, Harmony
Jon Wurster Drums
Greg Readling Pedal Steel Guitar, Upright Bass
Gary Greene Percussion
Chandler Holt Banjo
Logan Matheny Drums
Skip Matheny Bass
Tyson Rogers Organ, Piano
Sofia Dimos Spoken Word
Lisa Lachot Flute
Julia Stamey Spoken Word
Joyce You Spoken Word
Ella Rockart Spoken Word
Buzz Spector Spoken Word
Bob Northcott Vocals
Technical Credits
Chris Stamey Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Peter Holsapple Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Brent Lambert Mastering
Caitlin Cary Composer
Mik Edaly Composer
Whitney Composer
Chapman Composer
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