Side of the Road

Side of the Road

by Ellis Paul
     
 
Most artists eventually come up against a timeless foe called stagnation, and must contemplate how to keep the creative juices flowing. One method of regeneration is to join forces with another artist as Vance Gilbert and Ellis Paul have done on Side of the Road, sharing musical and lyrical ideas. Both artists attempt to grow out of their own skin here by

Overview

Most artists eventually come up against a timeless foe called stagnation, and must contemplate how to keep the creative juices flowing. One method of regeneration is to join forces with another artist as Vance Gilbert and Ellis Paul have done on Side of the Road, sharing musical and lyrical ideas. Both artists attempt to grow out of their own skin here by trading songs, singing together, and offering new versions of other peoples' songs. Paul kicks things off with fellow songsmith's Mark Erelli's "The Only Way," and for all appearances, it could be the start of any Paul album. By the second song, however, the listener knows that something's up. Not only does Gilbert sing the lead here, but the arrangement has transformed from fairly traditional (acoustic guitars and fiddle) on the first cut to modern folk (organ and electric guitar). This tasteful hodgepodge becomes even more adventurous as the album proceeds, creating a disc that's more intriguing than the average singer/songwriter fare. Both Gilbert and Paul are good singers, the former's lows balancing out the latter's highs. There are also a number of nice takes on older songs, including a slow version of Neil Young's "Comes a Time," and a heartfelt rendition of Van Morrison's "Comfort You." Fans of both artists will enjoy hearing Gilbert and Paul expand their imaginative reach on Side of the Road.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2003
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011671123929
catalogNumber:
711239

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ellis Paul   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Duke Levine   Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Mandola,Lap Steel Guitar
Lorne Entress   Drums
Richard Gates   Bass
Vance Gilbert   Acoustic Guitar,Clarinet,Tambourine,Soloist,Vocal Harmony
Tom West   Piano,Hammond Organ
Don Conoscenti   Banjo
Jake Armerding   Fiddle,Mandolin
Tom Eaton   Chimes,Shaker

Technical Credits

Woody Guthrie   Composer
Lucinda Williams   Composer
Neil Young   Composer
Ellis Paul   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Slaid Cleaves   Composer
Vance Gilbert   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Van Morrison   Composer
Susan Werner   Composer
Jeff Black   Composer
Mark Erelli   Composer
Tom Eaton   Engineer

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