Love Is a Journey

Love Is a Journey

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by Keith Sewell
     
 

It's not completely accurate to call this Keith Sewell's debut album. He actually recorded a full program for a Universal subsidiary a few years back, and it was ready for release when the parent company shut down its subsidiary label, leaving the album in more or less permanent purgatory. Sewell took his frustration and channeled it into a fertile and extended period… See more details below

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It's not completely accurate to call this Keith Sewell's debut album. He actually recorded a full program for a Universal subsidiary a few years back, and it was ready for release when the parent company shut down its subsidiary label, leaving the album in more or less permanent purgatory. Sewell took his frustration and channeled it into a fertile and extended period of songwriting, while carrying on sideman duties with the likes of Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, and Ricky Skaggs. It was Skaggs who ended up giving Sewell the opportunity to record a new batch of original songs, and this fine album is the result. Sewell's years of dedicated work on other people's projects has resulted in an enviable Rolodex filled with A-list pickers who owe him favors, and the payoff is apparent on every track: featured sidemen include Scott Vestal (whose athletic newgrass banjo picking makes "Shambles" the album's most exciting song), mandolinists Andy Leftwich, Sam Bush, and Ricky Skaggs, and dobro king Jerry Douglas. Few of the songs fit the "bluegrass" category very comfortably at all, but all have a certain bluegrass flavor; highlights include the nostalgic but rhythmically robust "Sawdust Hill," the equally powerful "Back Where We Belong," and a brilliant instrumental titled "Duncan Station." The album ends with a fine original gospel tune written to sound like an old traditional gospel tune, featuring an excellent guest vocal by Skaggs. The only misstep comes on "Ripples on the Water," when Sewell experiments with some really ill-advised and cheesy electric guitar effects. Highly recommended overall.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/22/2008
Label:
Skaggs Family
UPC:
0669890201326
catalogNumber:
2013
Rank:
83688

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Keith Sewell   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocals,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Soloist,Slide Mandolin,Toy Piano,Vocal Harmony
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Ricky Skaggs   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Sam Bush   Mandolin
Byron House   Bass
Scott Vestal   Banjo
Andy Leftwich   Fiddle,Mandolin,Viola

Technical Credits

Wendy Waldman   Composer
Martin Bell   Engineer
Michael Boshears   Engineer
Scott Vestal   Engineer
Jerry Salley   Composer
Lee Groitzsch   Engineer
Keith Sewell   Composer,Engineer
Andy Leftwich   String Arrangements

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