Pilgrims on the Heart Road

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Something of a surprise to those who know him from his previous instrumental album, 1995's Heart of the Heartland, Peter Ostroushko's Pilgrims of the Heart Road, which he describes as a companion piece to its predecessor, is actually a collection of songs with vocals, songs that treat a number of personal and political issues of obvious importance to the musician and which he treats at length. Containing only ten tracks, the album manages to stretch out to a CD-filling 72-plus minutes; no song is shorter than six minutes. In part, this is because Ostroushko is as determined to display his instrumental dexterity on guitar and mandolin as he is to explore the lyrical ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Something of a surprise to those who know him from his previous instrumental album, 1995's Heart of the Heartland, Peter Ostroushko's Pilgrims of the Heart Road, which he describes as a companion piece to its predecessor, is actually a collection of songs with vocals, songs that treat a number of personal and political issues of obvious importance to the musician and which he treats at length. Containing only ten tracks, the album manages to stretch out to a CD-filling 72-plus minutes; no song is shorter than six minutes. In part, this is because Ostroushko is as determined to display his instrumental dexterity on guitar and mandolin as he is to explore the lyrical subject matter. Not pulling his punches, he begins the disc with "Miracle," a song celebrating unexpected good political events around the world and calling for more. Singing over a guitar riff borrowed from Cream's "Badge," he declares, "Look to the West, look to the East/Look into the heart of the fascist beast/Pray that their senseless wars will cease/So people again might live in peace." This is followed by "Mandela," a tribute to the South African leader in the form of an examination of his typical day in prison, beginning and ending with servings of gruel. Ostroushko largely turns away from world politics after these songs, although he manages to chide "My People" for their affection for Republican presidents in an otherwise amusing paean to his potato-picking Ukrainian relatives set to a Dixieland arrangement. He devotes love songs to his wife and adopted child, and reflects on childhood sexual abuse in "You Don't Know What Lonely Is," commenting in the liner notes that he has "empirical knowledge" of the subject. All of this makes for an ambitious, seriously intended album that sometimes comes off as preachy and self-important, sincere as it may be.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/1997
  • Label: Red House
  • UPC: 033651009023
  • Catalog Number: 90
  • Sales rank: 345,933

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peter Ostroushko Primary Artist, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Prudence Johnson Vocals
Bobby McFerrin Vocals
Butch Thompson Clarinet
Bruce Kurnow Harmonica
Bruce Allard Trumpet
Marc Anderson Percussion
Jim Anton Electric Bass
Jearlyn Steele Battle Vocals
Richard Dworsky Piano, Hammond Organ
Pat Frederick Vocals
Gordon Johnson Bass, Electric Bass
Gordon Knudtson Drums
Dean Magraw Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar
Ed Volker Piano
Kathleen Bradford Vocals
Diane Tremaine Cello
Marge Ostroushko Vocals
Karen Paurus Vocals
Leslie Ball Vocals
Robert Robinson Vocals
Technical Credits
Peter Ostroushko Producer
Eric Peltoniemi Executive Producer
Tom Mudge Engineer
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