Live from Austin TX

Live from Austin TX

by Eliza Gilkyson
     
 
This edition of the Austin City Limits' Live from Austin, TX was recorded during the tour for Hard Times in Babylon; to date, one of the finest moments in Eliza Gilkyson's recording career -- the other is 2005's Paradise Hotel. Featuring a crack Austin band that includes bassist

Overview

This edition of the Austin City Limits' Live from Austin, TX was recorded during the tour for Hard Times in Babylon; to date, one of the finest moments in Eliza Gilkyson's recording career -- the other is 2005's Paradise Hotel. Featuring a crack Austin band that includes bassist Glenn Fukunaga, guitarists Mike Hardwick, and Nina Gerber, drummer Cisco Ryder, and Rich Brotherton on mandolin, she could hardly miss. But even though the anthemic "Welcome Back" is enough to bring the crowd into her universe, it's brave to feature the title cut from that celebrated album next. It's sad, dark, full of a late night lonesome that is tough to chart though she does it so beautifully it's almost not believable. What makes it work is the sheer, limpid, unadorned manner in which Gilkyson presents her songs. She can really sing, but her voice doesn't need to carry drama and tension because her songs, so tautly and expertly crafted, naturally bring it right out of her, making her a fine singer as well as a writer. There is a band here, but all you can really take in is her bringing those words to you with quirky but earthy melodies. She makes it a hat trick with "Beauty Way," written for her father, the famed songwriter Terry Gilkyson. These three songs in a row are worth the price of admission all by themselves. It's almost too much to take in. But there's so much more, and if anything, she moves with rough-hewn grace through the loping autobiography of her own song titled "Easy Rider," the bluesy "Mama's Got a Boyfriend," the tender, sexy "Fall into the Night," and the nearly holy "Sanctuary." It's a chilling, arresting performance that ranks not only among the greatest in her career, but among the very best in the now voluminous Live from Austin, TX series. She caps it, if indeed it can be capped with anything, with a completely righteous cover of Bob Dylan's "Love Minus Zero/No Limit." If you are fan, you can't live without it; if you follow the singer/songwriter scene, you need it; if you are new to Gilkyson. prepare to be blown away. [A DVD version was also released.]

Product Details

Release Date:
10/02/2007
Label:
New West Records
UPC:
0607396612123
catalogNumber:
6121
Rank:
182906

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eliza Gilkyson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Rich Brotherton   Mandolin,Vocals
Nina Gerber   Guitar
Glenn Fukunaga   Bass,Bass Guitar
Mike Hardwick   Dobro,Guitar
Cisco Ryder   Drums

Technical Credits

Eliza Gilkyson   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Mark Andes   Composer
David Hough   Engineer
Terry Lickona   Liner Notes
Gary Briggs   Producer,Audio Production
Cameron Strang   Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Sharon Cullen   Engineer
Jay Woods   Audio Production

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