Other Voices, Other Rooms

Other Voices, Other Rooms

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by Nanci Griffith
     
 

Nanci Griffith's masterpiece is rooted in an honorable concept: It's a salute to the songwriters who influenced her. But picking your favorite songs and then having some of your favorite artists accompany you is easier conceived than executed, owing to the vagaries of scheduling and individual agendas. Fortunately, Griffith draws aces with every move here, creating,… See more details below

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Nanci Griffith's masterpiece is rooted in an honorable concept: It's a salute to the songwriters who influenced her. But picking your favorite songs and then having some of your favorite artists accompany you is easier conceived than executed, owing to the vagaries of scheduling and individual agendas. Fortunately, Griffith draws aces with every move here, creating, in her own words, "A full-grown family tree of songs, writers, and voices." The late Kate Wolf is lovingly honored by Griffith and Emmylou Harris on "Across the Great Divide," setting a high standard that never lags. The late Townes Van Zandt is saluted by a duet with Arlo Guthrie on "Tecumseh Valley." Legends Bob Dylan and John Prine both appear on their respective songs, "Boots of Spanish Leather" and "Speed of the Sound of Loneliness," with the latter being especially potent, mainly due to Griffith's ease in adapting her smooth Texas drawl to such a rich song. As this salute to her folk idols continues, Griffith's concept retains its clarity and vigor, bridging the shores of folk and country.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Nanci Griffith has the kind of beguiling singing voice that's effortless and easily beautiful -- like a pretty girl who doesn't ever need makeup to be radiant. Sounding a little bit like Emmylou Harris is never a bad thing, but Griffith doesn't stop there. She duets with Harris and a host of other country and folk notables on Other Voices, Other Rooms, her first collection of cover songs. Like Harris, Griffith can climb inside a character-driven song with a simple twist of inflection or a lingering note. This is what she does on Vince Bell's "Woman of the Phoenix," deftly painting images of a winter freeze, cacti, and Michael, the "rock 'n' roll hood from the Odessa plains." Dylan's "Boots of Spanish Leather" rambles like the Texas countryside and features the man himself on harmonica. The guest list for Other Voices really is incredible. Alison Krauss, John Gorka, Edgar Meyer, Amy Ray, and Emily Saliers -- it's a regular homespun who's who. There's plenty to sigh about here, and occasionally the album can almost be too tasteful for its own good. But raveups like Woody Guthrie's "Do-Re-Mi" let Griffith trade some serenity for dustbowl grit (the addition of John Prine's lascivious gruffness helps a lot, too), and the frustrated anger of "This Old Town" only supports this. What might be most refreshing about Other Voices, Other Rooms is its ability to access the warm tones of country, grassroots, 1960s folk, and the '70s songwriting tradition while still sounding more like it comes from Griffith's Texas roots than anywhere else. This is highly recommended for fans of Griffith or any of the like-minded artists who help out here.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/02/1993
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0075596146425
catalogNumber:
61464
Rank:
27596

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nanci Griffith   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Odetta   Vocals
Alison Krauss   Violin
Chet Atkins   Acoustic Guitar,Classical Guitar
Guy Clark   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Emmylou Harris   Gut String Guitar,Vocal Harmony
John Hartford   Banjo,Vocals
Frank Christian   Acoustic Guitar
Iris DeMent   Vocals,Gut String Guitar,Vocal Harmony
John Gorka   Vocals
Arlo Guthrie   Gut String Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Carolyn Hester   Gut String Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Leo Kottke   12-string Guitar
David Mallett   Vocals
Edgar Meyer   Bass
Bob Dylan   Harmonica
John Prine   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jim Rooney   Vocals
Don Edwards   yodeling
Fran Breen   Percussion,Drums
John Catchings   Cello
Philip Donnelly   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Stuart Duncan   Mandolin,Violin
Béla Fleck   Banjo
Pat Flynn   Acoustic Guitar
Marlin Griffith   Vocals
James Hooker   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Roy M. "Junior" Husky   Upright Bass
Mary Ann Kennedy   Percussion,Vocals
Pete Kennedy   Acoustic Guitar
Pat McInerney   Percussion
Amy Ray   Vocals
Pamela Rose   Vocals
Emily Saliers   Vocals
Lee Satterfield   Acoustic Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Barry & Holly Tashian   Vocals
Andrea Zonn   Viola
Pete Cummins   Gut String Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Barry Tashian   Vocals

Technical Credits

Nanci Griffith   Contributor,Liner Notes,Executive Producer,String Arrangements
Arlo Guthrie   Duet
Gordon Lightfoot   Composer
Ralph McTell   Composer
Tom Paxton   Composer
John Prine   Composer
Pat Metheny   Composer
Jim Rooney   Producer
Don Edwards   Contributor
Luigi Creatore   Composer
Jerry Jeff Walker   Composer
Hugo Peretti   Composer
Townes Van Zandt   Composer
Mark Miller   Engineer
Solomon Linda   Composer
Michael Burton   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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