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Part of Your History: The Songs of John Hartford
     

Part of Your History: The Songs of John Hartford

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by Jamie Hartford
 
Jamie Hartford's Part of Your History: The Songs of John Hartford is an intriguing, slightly off-center release. One can reasonably ask why the younger Hartford chose to re-record versions of his father's songs, since John Hartford's work is available. The thing is, these are good songs, so it's nice to have other versions of them

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Jamie Hartford's Part of Your History: The Songs of John Hartford is an intriguing, slightly off-center release. One can reasonably ask why the younger Hartford chose to re-record versions of his father's songs, since John Hartford's work is available. The thing is, these are good songs, so it's nice to have other versions of them whether it's John Hartford singing them or someone else. It's also interesting that Jamie Hartford chose mostly his father's early work (at least two-thirds of the album), in essence offering his interpretation of his father's legacy. "Back in the Goodle Days" and "In Tall Buildings" from the '70s, then, are of more value than most of the stuff John Hartford recorded after 1980. The acoustic arrangements have an authentic, down-to-earth feel on Part of Your History, and never attempt to copy the originals. "Back in the Goodle Days," for instance, is much lazier, and this works well with Jamie Hartford's gruff vocals (in other places, like "In Tall Buildings," Hartford sounds much closer to his father). The downside to Part of Your History is that Hartford isn't a great singer, and songs like "Holdin'" and "First Girl I Ever Loved" just don't match the vigor of the originals. Even in its failings, however, Part of Your History holds on to the musical values that made John Hartford a musical rebel during the '70s. For that reason, the CD will be appreciated by anyone who remembers great albums like Aereo-Plain and Morning Bugle.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/21/2014
Label:
John Hartford
UPC:
0635759167126
catalogNumber:
671
Rank:
170105

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jamie Hartford   Primary Artist,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Norman Blake   Dobro
Sam Bush   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Nanci Griffith   Vocals
Emmylou Harris   Vocals
Kathy Mattea   Vocals
Pat McLaughlin   Vocals
John Catchings   Cello
Vassar Clements   Fiddle,Vocals
John Cowan   Vocals
Dennis Crouch   Bass
Béla Fleck   Banjo
David Grisman   Mandolin,Vocals
Ronnie McCoury   Mandolin,Mandola
Jonell Mosser   Vocals
Tim O'Brien   Vocals
Kim Richey   Vocals
Tim Lauer   Accordion
Randy Kohrs   Slide Guitar

Technical Credits

Jamie Hartford   Composer
Miles Wilkinson   Engineer
Ben Surratt   Engineer
Aaron Shannon   Engineer
Luke Reynolds   Composer

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Part of Your History: The Songs of John Hartford 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The impressive guest list would seem to imply that this is yet another all-star tribute or an attempt to imitate some old Hartford standards with Jamie at the helm. This is most certainly not the case. This project is a bittersweet tribute, not only to his late father, but also to the lost art of making music. Jamie is an incredibly talented musician, his acoustic guitar work on this project will delight fans who know him only as a gifted roots rock Telecaster player. The title track “Part of Your History” was written by Jamie and fits snugly among the songs penned by his father. Alone it is a great song, within the framework of this project it becomes something more. Every song on this CD is a treasure, with Jamie being joined by generations of the musicians who influenced and have been influenced by John Hartford. Hard core fans of the father will be delighted to hear Norman Blake, David Grisman and Vassar Clements while new grassers will enjoy next generation pickers Sam Bush, Tim O’Brien, Ronnie McCoury, and Bela Fleck. Still, it is not the all-star band or their outstanding individual performances that will make you want to listen over and over again. It is the unique way the music honors the songs, the honesty in the voice of the son and the sense of presence of his father that will draw you from one song to the next. Remember when you used to listen to an entire CD? All of it? Not just a song or two, but you actually listened to the whole CD? There are those of us who recall those times with fondness and a certain longing while we hit the skip button in search of a song we like. Jamie Hartford’s “Part of Your History: The Songs of John Hartford” has given my “skip” button a long overdue rest.