Once in a Very Blue Moon

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Griffith really hits her stride on this accomplished, critically acclaimed full-on-country-folk-bluegrass third album -- originally released by Philo/Rounder in the mid-’80s and now digitally remastered for re-release. She lets loose in a fuller, huskier, freer voice that joyously cats around tracks coproduced by Jim Rooney and featuring stellar Nashville session players like acoustic guitarist Pat Alger, electric guitarist Phillip Donnelly, Dobro/pedal steel player Lloyd Green, mandolin/fiddle player Mark O’Connor, upright bassist Roy Huskey Jr., and percussionist Kenny Malone, plus banjo wizard Béla Fleck and backup vocalist/songwriter Lyle Lovett. Superb cover choices abound: the breathtakingly poignant ...
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Griffith really hits her stride on this accomplished, critically acclaimed full-on-country-folk-bluegrass third album -- originally released by Philo/Rounder in the mid-’80s and now digitally remastered for re-release. She lets loose in a fuller, huskier, freer voice that joyously cats around tracks coproduced by Jim Rooney and featuring stellar Nashville session players like acoustic guitarist Pat Alger, electric guitarist Phillip Donnelly, Dobro/pedal steel player Lloyd Green, mandolin/fiddle player Mark O’Connor, upright bassist Roy Huskey Jr., and percussionist Kenny Malone, plus banjo wizard Béla Fleck and backup vocalist/songwriter Lyle Lovett. Superb cover choices abound: the breathtakingly poignant lost-love-checking-in of the title track; Pat Alger’s “Once in a Very Blue Moon”; the bluegrass parents’-courtship dance of Bill Staines’s “Roseville Fair”; the hard-driving death-of-a-daredevil-motorcyclist epic of Richard Dobson’s “Ballad of Robin Winter-Smith”; and the gender-switched ironic country waltz of Lyle Lovett’s “If I Were the Woman You Wanted.” And Griffith’s own originals on the struggles of life and love are stronger and more complex than ever. The two opening tracks, a grand musing on the railroad (“soul of America’s pride”) and its builders (“Ghost in the Music”) and a hard-hitting country-swing lilt on love’s giving-lessons (“Love Is a Hard Waltz”), lead into the percolating saga of an up-from-their-roots middle-class black family (“Mary & Ornie”) and the propulsive anthem of travels that drive lives apart (“I’m Not Drivin’ These Wheels (Bring the Prose to the Wheel)”), as well as meditations like the lushly melodic “Friend Out in the Madness” and the rollicking pity-your-lover-died-young-but-you’ll-never-get-tired-of-living-alone advice of “Daddy Said.” In the end, like Nanci, you’ll feel like taking a real “Spin on a Red Brick Floor” too.--Janie Matthews
All Music Guide - Vik Iyengar
Nanci Griffith finds her voice on her third studio album, Once in a Very Blue Moon. This is the album where she established her musical identity -- she is at home in many genres which perhaps explains why she never gets played on formatted radio stations, and seamlessly blends folk, bluegrass, and country with a group of stellar musicians, including guitarist Pat Alger and a young banjo player named Béla Fleck. While the music is well-textured with cello, mandolin, Dobro, and fiddle, it is Griffith's lyrics that distinguish her from her peers. Although not a concept album, the main theme explored is travel. She sings about the joys and excitement of the road as well as the longing that comes with extended periods away from home. Nanci Griffith is an excellent storyteller, with detailed, insightful lyrics that vividly portray the hopes and dreams of her characters "Mary and Omie". She sprinkles the album with songs of others, as she pays homage to folk veterans such as Bill Staines "Roseville Fair" and sings a tune by newcomer Lyle Lovett "If I Were the Woman You Wanted". This album marks the emergence of a major talent.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/8/2002
  • Label: Philo / Umgd
  • UPC: 011671123325
  • Catalog Number: 711233

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ghost in the Music - Nanci Griffith (2:49)
  2. 2 Love Is a Hard Waltz - Nanci Griffith (3:10)
  3. 3 Roseville Fair - Nanci Griffith (2:59)
  4. 4 Mary and Omie - Nanci Griffith (4:31)
  5. 5 Friend out in the Madness - Nanci Griffith (2:41)
  6. 6 I'm Not Drivin' These Wheels (Bring the Prose to the Wheel) - Nanci Griffith (3:17)
  7. 7 Time Alone - Nanci Griffith (2:01)
  8. 8 Ballad of Robin Winter-Smith - Nanci Griffith (3:15)
  9. 9 Daddy Said - Nanci Griffith (2:35)
  10. 10 Once in a Very Blue Moon - Nanci Griffith (2:34)
  11. 11 If I Were the Woman You Wanted - Nanci Griffith (3:57)
  12. 12 Year Down in New Orleans - Nanci Griffith (2:28)
  13. 13 Spin on a Red Brick Floor - Nanci Griffith (2:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nanci Griffith Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Pat Alger Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Hi String
Lyle Lovett Vocal Harmony
Lloyd Green Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar
Mark Howard Acoustic Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
John Catchings Cello
Philip Donnelly Electric Guitar, Bird Calls
Stephen Doster Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Béla Fleck Banjo
Roy M. "Junior" Husky Upright Bass
Kenny Malone Percussion, Conga, Drums
Terry McMillan Harmonica
Mark O'Connor Fiddle, Mandolin, Violin, Mandola, Piccolo Mandolin
Ralph Vitello Synthesizer, Piano
Roy Huskey Jr. Bass, Upright Bass
Denice Franke Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Nanci Griffith Producer, Cover Design
Jim Rooney Producer
Philip Donnelly Sound Effects
Marlin Griffith Artwork, Graphic Design
Jack Grochmal Engineer
Jim Lloyd Mastering
Denny Purcell Mastering
Jack Miller Contributor
Bill Narum Cover Design
Eric Conn Digital Editing
Wayne Miller Executive Producer, Cover Photo
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You should love this

    Nanci Griffith has been the greatest folk singer in the world since she began her career. This early album of hers is one of her best. The title track alone is worth the cost of the album. You can also hear an early Lyle Lovett in the background of some of the songs here, in fact he wrote ''If I Were the Woman You Wanted,'' which is one of the tracks. Nanci inspires fanaticism in many, myself included. Give her a listen and find out why.

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