Live Songs & Stories

Live Songs & Stories

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by David Wilcox
     
 
Folk road dog David Wilcox has crisscrossed the country many times over, playing empty coffeehouses and packed folk festivals. His 2002 collection, Live Songs & Stories, documents these journeys, alternating live versions of his best-loved songs with the humorous introductions the singer/songwriter has become known for.

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Folk road dog David Wilcox has crisscrossed the country many times over, playing empty coffeehouses and packed folk festivals. His 2002 collection, Live Songs & Stories, documents these journeys, alternating live versions of his best-loved songs with the humorous introductions the singer/songwriter has become known for. Wilcox's brand of intimate contemporary folk was born to be performed live, and the unobtrusive interactions with his audience only make the music stronger. The intricate wordplay evident in his songs also shows up in his spoken explanations; his words flow almost like an energetic poetry slam, introducing the songs like a lo-fi version of VH1's Storytellers series and giving insight to the addictions of "Eye of the Hurricane" and his own inspirations in "Words Alone." The songs are sparsely but expertly performed (often just Wilcox's voice and guitar, occasionally augmented by Jake Armerding's gentle fiddle and backing vocals), and every track leaves the listener not only with a glimmer of insight into the performer's mindset, but also with undeniable hope and a kinder world-view. These are the hallmarks of a terrific folksinger and songwriter, of which Wilcox is both.

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Release Date:
04/09/2002
Label:
What Are Records
UPC:
0744626005321
catalogNumber:
60053
Rank:
153979

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Live Songs & Stories 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like many people that I imagine rushed out immediately to buy this CD upon its release on April 9th, I have been listening with interest to David Wilcox and his music for many years. It is nice to have some of his career highs (songs, that is) on this live disc - especially ''Spin'' and ''Rusty Old American Dream.'' But, as pleasant as it initially was to hear these few songs again in a new setting, it has struck me upon repeated listenings that the interpretations on this album lack freshness, vitality or even the slightest ''joie de vivre.'' Wilcox has very recently written on his website that he can ''hear the smile in the songs'' on this album. In my opinion, this could hardly be farther from the truth, unless one hears the smile of an artist who is excessively enamored of his cleverness as he approaches the pinnacle of precocity with each recorded utterance. If you would like to hear what David Wilcox sounded like when he truly ''mattered,'' check out the early CD, ''How Did You Find Me Here,'' where the sentiments appear genuine and warm. These days, his self-absorbed displays through spoken word excesses - such as his embarassing mangling of a classic Robert Frost poem (''Two Roads Diverge'') - will have even his Faithful Followers running for the skip button on the CD player again, again, and again. Definitely one to avoid.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't get me wrong. David's studio work is good, some even bordering on greatness (the haunting `Down Here¿ or `All My Life¿ that hits close to home for my fiancée and me. Both from Underneath, just to name two), but where he really excels, where his proverbial star shines brightest, is in his live performances. I¿ve seen him live only twice and both were at the Barns of Wolf Trap (Vienna, VA). The first time I saw him, he opened for Patty Larkin and I hadn¿t heard of him before that night. The second time (my fiancée¿s first), his opening act had an accident that resulted in a broken arm and had to cancel at the last minute so David ended up `opening¿ for himself. An entire evening with David Wilcox. What a treat!!! My better half was an instant fan and we just recently completed our collection of his work to date with this, his latest CD. Now don¿t get me wrong. David is not the second coming or anything like that. He is however, a complete artist. His songs, even the one¿s he covers, are his and his alone. His guitar work keeps me, a 35-year veteran of the wood and steel, listening as closely to (and watching in concert) his finger work as I do his stories and lessons he so effortlessly spins before my ears. Even with that, I¿m still warming up to some of what I consider to be David¿s weaknesses. I think he can safely leave `Eye of the Hurricane¿ off of any future recordings. He could work on making the story telling seem fresh each time, much like a comic has to make each joke sound like it¿s the first time he¿s told it. But all that aside, David¿s so called weaknesses are easily overlooked when you look at the big picture and see an extremely talented, `total package¿ of an entertainer who¿s handing his vision to you with sincerity, humility and humor, not shoving it down your throat or mindlessly and heartlessly tossing it out to whomever, just to rake in a paycheck. Should people such as David and Patty ever to get into the mainstream, as it were, we surely would be robbed of these and other wonderful troubadours who travel the back roads and smaller venues and get little to no radio play and do it all for the sake of the art, the message, the music, and their loyal fans, not the sake of fame and fortune. These are truly our American treasures and I thank them all for their sacrifices and their integrity. Oh what the heck, I¿m going to go listen to Eye of the Hurricane again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first time I listened to this new recording I sat with a silly grin on my face as I imagined myself there, in the room, enjoying a David Wilcox concert. Dave has a wonderful ability to find humor in the profound and his stories and lyrics make me laugh and touch my heart, often at the same time. As a singer and guitar player he's hard to beat. I loved this album so much I bought 4 more copies to give to friends as an introduction to his music. Thanks Dave!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been listining to Daivds songs for a long time. On my past birthday I got to see him in L.A. on Sunset. It was great, If you don't like all that music that screams at you, then try this guy. He'll tickel your soul with his words. He's not just a singer but a poet.