Lonely Street

Lonely Street

by Bap Kennedy
     
 

Belfast singer/songwriter Bap Kennedy dedicates Lonely Street to two influential vocalists from the southern U.S.: country great Hank Williams, Sr. and rock & roll pioneer Elvis Presley. Some might find it strange that an Irish artist would claim Williams as a major inspiration, but in fact, it's quite logical. Country, likeSee more details below

Overview

Belfast singer/songwriter Bap Kennedy dedicates Lonely Street to two influential vocalists from the southern U.S.: country great Hank Williams, Sr. and rock & roll pioneer Elvis Presley. Some might find it strange that an Irish artist would claim Williams as a major inspiration, but in fact, it's quite logical. Country, like bluegrass and Anglo-American folk, was heavily influenced by the Celtic traditions that Irish and Scottish immigrants brought to the U.S., so it makes perfect sense that a Belfast native would hold Williams in such high regard. Lonely Street, however, isn't a hardcore country album; rather, it is a pop
ock album that contains country and folk elements. The most overtly country sounding thing on the CD is "Drunk on the Blood of Christ," which was inspired by Williams' country-gospel standard "I Saw the Light." And Kennedy obviously had Williams in mind when he wrote "Hank's Last Waltz" and "Elvis, Hank, and Me." But again, Lonely Street isn't meant to be an album of pure, unadulterated honky-tonk; it's primarily a pop
ock outing, and Kennedy sounds like he has been listening to everyone from Bob Dylan and Paul Simon to the Grateful Dead. Kennedy, who wrote everything on this disc, is a fine storyteller, and on originals like "Gladys and Vernon," "Good Times on Franklin Road," and "Lonesome Lullaby," he shows us how moving his stories can be. Lonely Street reminds us that Kennedy is an artist of depth.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/18/2000
Label:
Dressed To Kill
UPC:
0666629131329
catalogNumber:
712

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bap Kennedy   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Herbie Flowers   Tuba,Double Bass
Martin Hughes   Percussion,Drums,Drum Loop
Nick Newell   Saxophone
Mike Piggott   Fiddle
Martin Smith   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Ed Deane   Guitar,Slide Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
James Hunter   Harmonica,Background Vocals
Andy Vinter   Piano
Russ Pay   Acoustic Guitar
Jemima Price   Background Vocals
Kieran Kiely   Piano,Accordion,Hammond Organ,Low Whistle
Vera Haime   Background Vocals
Martin Shaw   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Martin Smith   Producer,Engineer
Bap Kennedy   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes

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