Kindred Spirits: A Collection

Kindred Spirits: A Collection

by Carrie Newcomer
     
 

Once upon a time, practically every decent-sized city had at least one singer/songwriter like Carrie Newcomer -- someone who wrote warm but pensive tunes about human relationships, spiritual yearning, and social responsibility that left no doubt they were boycotting the right products and playing the right community fundraisers. Of course, Newcomer was significantly… See more details below

Overview

Once upon a time, practically every decent-sized city had at least one singer/songwriter like Carrie Newcomer -- someone who wrote warm but pensive tunes about human relationships, spiritual yearning, and social responsibility that left no doubt they were boycotting the right products and playing the right community fundraisers. Of course, Newcomer was significantly better than most of them; she's a talented songwriter even if her observations are often a bit familiar, and she has a lovely voice and a graceful way with a melody. Now that your average coffeehouse demands something livelier in a folk singer, Newcomer's insistence on sticking to her creative guns makes her seem almost novel in the 21st century, and she's as firmly (and admirably) committed to her ideals as ever. In 2004, Rounder Records (who has been handling Newcomer's recordings since her 1991 debut album Visions and Dreams, released through their Philo imprint) issued a career-spanning collection titled Betty's Diner: The Best of Carrie Newcomer, but a mere eight years later, they're brought us Kindred Spirits: A Collection, another album designed to glean the gems from her back catalog. While Kindred Spirits largely focuses on Newcomer's late-'90s and 2000s work, it still overlaps frequently with the period covered on Betty's Diner, and even includes two of the same songs (though "Betty's Diner" does appear here in a new mix). In order to give fans something new, the disc includes two brand new selections ("The Speed of Soul" and "A Long Christmas Dinner"), as well as unreleased live recordings of "Bare to the Bone" and "Sparrow." Given the stylistic and thematic consistency of Newcomer's recordings over the past 20 years, Kindred Spirits flows together with the smooth assurance of a "real" album, and while it's a fair question if Newcomer truly needed another career retrospective, this summarizes her talents and her concerns as well as Betty's Diner, and anyone looking for an introduction to Newcomer's music would be well served with this sampler.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/13/2012
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661915220
Rank:
9639

Tracks

  1. The Speed Of Soul  - Carrie Newcomer
  2. I Believe  - Ayaan Ali Khan
  3. Breathe In Breathe Out  - Amjad Ali Khan
  4. There Is A Tree  - Carrie Newcomer
  5. Geodes  - Carrie Newcomer
  6. The Gathering Of Spirits  - Carrie Newcomer
  7. Sparrow  - Carrie Newcomer
  8. I Do Not Know Its Name  - Carrie Newcomer
  9. Before And After  - Mary Chapin Carpenter
  10. Betty's Diner  - Krista Detor
  11. Where You Been  - Carrie Newcomer
  12. Angels Unaware  - Carrie Newcomer
  13. Two Toasts  - Carrie Newcomer
  14. Holy As A Day is Spent  - Carrie Newcomer
  15. If Not Now  - Carrie Newcomer
  16. My True Name  - Carrie Newcomer
  17. A Whole Lot Of Hope  - Carrie Newcomer
  18. A Long Christmas Dinner  - Krista Detor
  19. Bare To The Bone  - Carrie Newcomer

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carrie Newcomer   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Vocals
Alison Krauss   Vocal Harmony
Jim Brock   Percussion,Drums
Mary Chapin Carpenter   Vocal Harmony
Dane Clark   Percussion,Drums
Mary Gaines   Bass,Cello,Vocals
Byron House   Upright Bass
Robert Meitus   Guitar
Chris Wagoner   Dobro,Mandolin,Violin,Viola,Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar
Gary Walters   Piano
David Weber   Vocal Harmony
Jeff Hedback   Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Slats Klug   Piano
Winton Reynolds   Piano
Keith Skooglund   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Krista Detor   Vocal Harmony
Steve Mascari   Upright Bass
Dan Lodge-Rigal   Piano
Michael Lewis   Guitar,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Carrie Newcomer   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Robert Meitus   Producer,Executive Producer
Hugh Syme   Art Direction
Paul Blakemore   Mastering
Mike Stucker   Engineer
David Weber   Producer,Engineer
Parker J. Palmer   Composer
Mark Williams   Producer
Chip Reardon   Engineer
Richard Thomas   Producer,Engineer

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