Land of Milk and Honey

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Eliza Gilkyson counts herself among the cadre of contemporary singer/songwriters who mix thoughtful lyrics and folk roots to create a heady combination of poetry and music. Her vocal style, a quiet whisper with a gritty edge, adds a bit of depth to her musical vision, while her revolving door of musicians on Land of Milk and Honey lays down a relaxed foundation. Gilkyson, like other musical poets in the post-9/11 world, has serious things on her mind, and it's hard to imagine that a title like Land of Milk and Honey is meant to be read straight. "Hiway 9" gives the album an ominous start, with elliptical references to the Middle East, oil, and tax dollars going to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Eliza Gilkyson counts herself among the cadre of contemporary singer/songwriters who mix thoughtful lyrics and folk roots to create a heady combination of poetry and music. Her vocal style, a quiet whisper with a gritty edge, adds a bit of depth to her musical vision, while her revolving door of musicians on Land of Milk and Honey lays down a relaxed foundation. Gilkyson, like other musical poets in the post-9/11 world, has serious things on her mind, and it's hard to imagine that a title like Land of Milk and Honey is meant to be read straight. "Hiway 9" gives the album an ominous start, with elliptical references to the Middle East, oil, and tax dollars going to God knows where. Unlike a number of left-leaning songwriters, Gilkyson seems content to never quite spell out what she means. "Wonderland," a tryst without commitment, seems equally dark on the surface, and Gilkyson's vocal recalls Lucinda Williams' carnal confessions on Essence. The difference, though, is that "Wonderland"'s rhythm is infectious, and the band takes the song at such an upbeat pace that a tryst, while not love, is not bad. Gilkyson's fans will find Land of Milk and Honey another solid effort by one sharp and incisive writer with a distinct voice.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2004
  • Label: Red House
  • UPC: 033651017424
  • Catalog Number: 174
  • Sales rank: 6,274

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hiway 9 (4:17)
  2. 2 Not Lonely (4:13)
  3. 3 Dark Side of Town (5:23)
  4. 4 Tender Mercies (4:25)
  5. 5 Wonderland (3:12)
  6. 6 Separated (5:50)
  7. 7 Ballad of Yvonne Johnson (6:46)
  8. 8 Runnin Away (4:02)
  9. 9 Milk and Honey (2:58)
  10. 10 Peace Call (3:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eliza Gilkyson Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Iris DeMent Vocals
Jane Gillman Dulcimer
David Carroll Choir, Chorus
Slaid Cleaves Vocal Harmony
Bukka Allen Accordion, Harmonium
Rich Brotherton Mandolin, Choir, Chorus, Cittern, Vocal Harmony
Stephen Bruton Vocal Harmony
Mary Chapin Carpenter Vocals
Jon Dee Graham Electric Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Patty Griffin Vocals
Mark Hallman Acoustic Guitar, Tuba, Tambourine, Guitar (Nylon String), Vocal Harmony
Scott McIntosh Saxophone
Stephen Zirkel Trumpet
Glenn Fukunaga Bass, Upright Bass
Mike Hardwick Electric Guitar
Rob Gjersoe Dobro, Steel Guitar
Fats Kaplan Fiddle
Cisco Ryder Percussion, Drums, Choir, Chorus, Cajon, Vocal Harmony
Brian Standefer Cello
Raúl Vallejo Trombone
Technical Credits
Eliza Gilkyson Composer
Woody Guthrie Composer
Terry Gilkyson Composer
Mark Hallman Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Yvonne C. Johnson Composer
Carla Leighton Art Direction
Nancy Gilkyson Composer
Tony Castle Engineer
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