Songcatcher

Songcatcher

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Like its counterpart soundtrack O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the splendid traditional fare on Songcatcher doesn't need visuals to be profound and deeply soul stirring. An independent film set in 1907, Songcatcher tells the story of Dr. Lily Penleric, a prim and proper musicologist who discovers theSee more details below

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Like its counterpart soundtrack O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the splendid traditional fare on Songcatcher doesn't need visuals to be profound and deeply soul stirring. An independent film set in 1907, Songcatcher tells the story of Dr. Lily Penleric, a prim and proper musicologist who discovers the all-male review board has denied her tenure, whereupon she embarks on an eye-opening -- and ear-opening -- visit to her sister in the Western Mountains of North Carolina. The stellar female voices giving life to an ages-old repertoire ("Barbara Allen," "Wayfarin' Stranger," "Moonshiner," et al.) include those of Rosanne Cash, Julie Miller, Allison Moorer, Emmylou Harris, Iris DeMent, Deana Carter, Gillian Welch, and Maria McKee. Newly written songs in the Appalachian style are contributed by Patty Loveless ("Sounds of Loneliness"), Julie Miller ("All My Tears"), and, notably, Dolly Parton, whose "When Love Is New" (sung with actress Emmy Rossum) is of a piece with the powerful original songs she penned for her The Grass Is Blue and The Little Sparrow bluegrass albums. To say that Songcatcher will stand the test of time is to state the obvious -- it already has.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The soundtrack to a film about a woman music scholar's travels in Appalachia is largely devoted to contemporary versions of traditional folk songs by an impressive roster of female vocalists. Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Maria McKee, Dolly Parton (dueting with Emmy Rossum), Gillian Welch, Iris DeMent, and Patty Loveless are the big names here, though there are a few lesser-known singers like Julie Miller, Deanna Carter, and Sara Evans. While the interpretations are not scintillating and not the best versions of the songs you could possibly find, they're well done and make for a consistent listen, particularly by various-artist soundtrack standards. Occasionally the performers shine, as Rosanne Cash does on her cover of "Fair and Tender Ladies," Maria McKee on "Wayfarin' Stranger," and Emmylou Harris on "Barbara Allen." This isn't, by the way, always trying to re-create Appalachian music as it might have sounded in the early 20th century, as Cash's "Fair and Tender Ladies" and Carter's "The Cuckoo Bird," to use two of the better examples, have fairly full and rhythmic arrangements. For those who want the stark sound, DeMent's "Pretty Saro" is backed only by David Mansfield's fiddle, and Rossum sings a brief "Barbara Allen" unaccompanied (Hazel Dickens also does her snatch of "Conversation With Death" unaccompanied). Two snatches of David Mansfield's orchestrated film score are also included, and are unnecessary distractions. In the time-honored manner of contemporary updates of traditional material, this will serve the purpose of leading some listeners into a world they don't know much about, and as such projects go, it's more credible and successful than most.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/08/2001
Label:
Vanguard Records
UPC:
0015707958622
catalogNumber:
79586
Rank:
19321

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Performance Credits

Jerry Douglas   Guitar (Resonator)
Sam Bush   Mandolin
Patty Loveless   Track Performer
Dolly Parton   Track Performer
Iris DeMent   Track Performer
Hazel Dickens   Track Performer
Julie Miller   Track Performer
Steve Buckingham   Dulcimer
Dennis Crouch   Bass
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Larry Franklin   Fiddle
Emory Gordy   Acoustic Guitar
Tony Harrell   Harmonium
David Mansfield   Fiddle,Conductor
Dean Parks   Guitar
Carmella Ramsey   Fiddle,Background Vocals
Deanie Richardson   Fiddle,Mandolin
Tammy Rogers   Fiddle
Darrell Scott   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin
Jeff White   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Glenn Worf   Upright Bass
Chris Farren   Percussion,Background Vocals
Deana Carter   Background Vocals
Gillian Welch   Banjo
Sara Evans   Track Performer
Bryan Sutton   Guitar
Allison Moorer   Track Performer
Tracy Hackney   Dulcimer

Technical Credits

Rosanne Cash   Arranger
Steve Buckingham   Producer
Neal Cappellino   Engineer,Digital Editing
Emory Gordy   Producer
John Leventhal   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
David Mansfield   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Adaptation,Instrumentation
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Gary Paczosa   Engineer
Dennis Ritchie   Engineer
David Thoener   Engineer
Chris Farren   Arranger,Producer
Gillian Welch   Arranger,Producer
David Rawlings   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Georgette Cartwright   Creative Services Coordinator
Glen Neibaur   Engineer
Chris Covert   Producer
Ken Levitan   Producer
John Saylor   Engineer
Kimberly Levitan   Art Direction
Traditional   Composer

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