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All Music Guide - J. Allen
Red Horse is something of a folk supergroup, a trio containing the respected singer/songwriters John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky, and Eliza Gilkyson. A dozen years earlier, Kaplansky had been part of a similarly styled trio called Cry Cry Cry, which featured Richard Shindell and Dar Williams. But unlike the latter group, whose lone album consisted mostly of cover tunes, Red Horse is focused on original material. Three-fourths of their self-titled debut album is self-penned, most of those songs being new versions of tracks originally heard on Gorka, Kaplansky, and Gilkyson's respective solo albums. The mood throughout is cool and contemplative -- most of the songs are adorned with ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - J. Allen
Red Horse is something of a folk supergroup, a trio containing the respected singer/songwriters John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky, and Eliza Gilkyson. A dozen years earlier, Kaplansky had been part of a similarly styled trio called Cry Cry Cry, which featured Richard Shindell and Dar Williams. But unlike the latter group, whose lone album consisted mostly of cover tunes, Red Horse is focused on original material. Three-fourths of their self-titled debut album is self-penned, most of those songs being new versions of tracks originally heard on Gorka, Kaplansky, and Gilkyson's respective solo albums. The mood throughout is cool and contemplative -- most of the songs are adorned with sparse arrangements, allowing for a more intense focus on the vocals. Though there's always a designated lead singer, there are plenty of warm, inviting harmonies on these tracks, and Gorka, Kaplansky, and Gilkyson all take admirable turns in front of the microphone. It's in the songwriting department that things get a little unbalanced -- while there are no clunkers here, Gorka is the most skilled songsmith of the three, and the album -- which places his compositions at the end -- winds up feeling heavily backloaded. Still, with all of the singers taking on each other's tunes, Red Horse feels like a truly collective effort rather than just a glorified round-robin song swap. The covers that begin and end the album -- Neil Young's early tune "I Am a Child" and the traditional spiritual "Wayfaring Stranger" -- are both high points, and the presence of a previously unreleased Gorka song, the winningly concise "If These Walls Could Talk," should be a draw for devotees of the songwriter.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/2010
  • Label: Red House
  • UPC: 033651023326
  • Catalog Number: 233
  • Sales rank: 104,466

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Am a Child - Red Horse (3:26)
  2. 2 Scorpion - Red Horse (3:48)
  3. 3 Wild Horse - Red Horse (3:51)
  4. 4 Promise Me - Red Horse (4:30)
  5. 5 Don't Mind Me - Red Horse (4:07)
  6. 6 Sanctuary - Red Horse (3:53)
  7. 7 Coshieville - Red Horse (3:25)
  8. 8 Blue Chalk - Red Horse (4:11)
  9. 9 Forget to Breathe - Red Horse (2:18)
  10. 10 If These Walls Could Talk - Red Horse (2:26)
  11. 11 Walk Away from Me - Red Horse (5:00)
  12. 12 Wayfaring Stranger - Red Horse (3:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Gorka Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Eliza Gilkyson Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Duke Levine Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Mandola, Lap Steel Guitar, Guitar (Electric Baritone)
Lucy Kaplansky Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Andy Ezrin Piano
Mark Hallman Bass
Robert McEntee Electric Guitar
Ben Wittman Bass, Percussion, Bass Drums
Mike Hardwick Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar
Cisco Ryder Percussion
Ben Butler Electric Guitar, Guitar (Electric Baritone)
Warren Hood Fiddle
Scott Jarrett Organ, Bass, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Mandola
Technical Credits
Eliza Gilkyson Composer, Lyricist, Executive Producer
John Gorka Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer
Neil Young Composer, Lyricist
Lucy Kaplansky Composer, Lyricist, Executive Producer
Mark Dann Engineer
Mark Hallman Mastering
Eric Peltoniemi Art Direction
Ben Wittman Producer, Engineer
Michael Brorby Engineer
Richard Litvin Composer, Lyricist
Stuart McGregor Composer
Traditional Composer
Cisco Ryder Producer, Engineer
Scott Jarrett Producer, Engineer
Ellen Stanley Band Photo
Tom Russell Paintings
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