Red Shoes

Red Shoes

by Bill Garrett
     
 
Thoughtful, earnest, maybe a touch preachy in parts -- folk music has its own particular standards to live up to (or alternately transcend). Bill Garrett and Sue Lothrop's album certainly starts on that note with a cover of a song called "No More Fish." On the one hand, it addresses a serious enough subject -- the depletion of Atlantic fishing stocks that drove Far

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Thoughtful, earnest, maybe a touch preachy in parts -- folk music has its own particular standards to live up to (or alternately transcend). Bill Garrett and Sue Lothrop's album certainly starts on that note with a cover of a song called "No More Fish." On the one hand, it addresses a serious enough subject -- the depletion of Atlantic fishing stocks that drove Far Eastern Canada's economy and the resultant hard times -- and on the other hand it's so prettily obvious that it could be a parody. Some clunky rhymes don't help either, frankly, but that and a couple of other well-meaning (though strident) songs aside, Red Shoes is an enjoyable enough, if not remarkable, example of early 21st century folk with a definitely Canadian slant. It's no more parochial than any other kind of regionally focused work, and often brings in a new context for outside observers. "Un Canadien Errant," another reworking, tells of such events as an 1837 French Canadian rebellion and the escape of a patriot to America, something most Statesiders probably didn't realize occurred. The personal is hardly ignored either -- the album's best song might well be "On Your Way Home," whose subject is dealing with long-distance relationships, and their inevitable stresses, with sweet grace. Garrett and Lothrop have sturdy, fine voices; there aren't any real surprises in their approach, but for those who like their performers clearly heard and slightly gravelly, it'll be grand stuff. There are a few fun musical twists and turns along the way, gentle waltzes, a good bit of rocking country in the cover of Rodney Crowell's "Leaving Louisiana" -- "The Hill" is almost a piece of polite '30s swing thanks to the drums and clarinet. The backing musicians provide spare, enjoyable additions throughout.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/03/2003
Label:
Borealis Recording
UPC:
0773958115422
catalogNumber:
154

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Garrett   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Vern Dorge   Clarinet
Paul Mills   Guitar
Don Reed   Fiddle
Tom Szczesniak   Bass,Piano
Grit Laskin   Northumbrian Smallpipes
Terry Tufts   Dobro,Electric Guitar,Mandoline
Brian Barlow   Percussion
Tom Leighton   Accordion
Christina Smith   Cello
Sue Lothrop   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Zachary Richard   Composer
Rodney Crowell   Composer
Chris Hillman   Composer
Donivan Cowart   Composer
Mike Haas   Engineer
Ron Hynes   Composer
Terry Tufts   Composer
Bill Garrett   Composer,Producer
Brian Blain   Composer
Sue Lothrop   Composer
Benni Hodkin   Graphic Design
Corina Kennedy   Artwork
Antoine Gérin-Lajoie   Composer
Marie-Thérèse Duval   translation
Lucinda Chodan   Composer

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