Songs for Clem

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Sarah Harmer originally intended her warmly intimate recording Songs for Clem as a gift for her father but eventually self-released the album to the general public, and later saw the album issued as part of her deal with Universal Canada. This was a stroke of quiet genius, since now dads everywhere -- and anyone else, really -- can revel in gorgeous, startlingly organic collection of country favorites and old standards, all rendered with back-porch flavor by Harmer and collaborator Jason Euringer. Clem feels lovingly handmade, with cover art right out of a child's Father's Day art project and an immediate, field-type recording quality that features accompaniment from ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Sarah Harmer originally intended her warmly intimate recording Songs for Clem as a gift for her father but eventually self-released the album to the general public, and later saw the album issued as part of her deal with Universal Canada. This was a stroke of quiet genius, since now dads everywhere -- and anyone else, really -- can revel in gorgeous, startlingly organic collection of country favorites and old standards, all rendered with back-porch flavor by Harmer and collaborator Jason Euringer. Clem feels lovingly handmade, with cover art right out of a child's Father's Day art project and an immediate, field-type recording quality that features accompaniment from crickets and a passing rainstorm. This isn't to say it's lo-fi; on the contrary, it's crystal clear. But the album's homey feel still seeps into every note. This is one of its great qualities, but the songs are pretty damn great, too. Harmer has a wonderful voice, and here she's given an opportunity to show its reedy beauty in a host of different styles. On "Tennessee Waltz" she's an acoustic countrypolitan songbird, but shifts to an easy-to-please, smoky jazz style for "Black Coffee." In addition to Harmer's and Euringer's voices and acoustic guitars, Clem is filled out by contributions from piano, trumpet, harmonica on the campfire favorite "Oh Bury Me Not," complete with crickets, and a clarinet on "Just a Closer Walk With Thee," which also features a few friends on chorus vocals. It couldn't be more authentic if it was recorded at a Sunday Southern Baptist picnic. The hope of Nanci Griffith's bittersweet "Trouble in the Fields" is tinged with heartbreak, and the instrumental "O, My Beloved Father" closes Songs for Clem on a wistful, slightly melancholy note. But in between, there's a fun run through "You're Cheatin' Heart," the sultry favorite "Summertime," and an off-the-cuff, parlor version of "Sentimental Journey." That is, of course, if your parlor is on your back porch. Harmer's Songs for Clem will certainly appeal to fans of the singer's official debut, 2000's You Were Here. But it's a true sentimental journey for people inspired by their parents to love music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/29/2001
  • Label: Universal Import
  • UPC: 778631995223
  • Catalog Number: 3199522
  • Sales rank: 103,566

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blue Moon of Kentucky - Jason Euringer (2:07)
  2. 2 Tennessee Waltz - Jason Euringer (2:52)
  3. 3 Black Coffee - Jason Euringer (2:53)
  4. 4 Stormy Weather - Jason Euringer (3:00)
  5. 5 Oh Bury Me Not - Jason Euringer (1:25)
  6. 6 Just a Closer Walk With Thee - Jason Euringer (3:22)
  7. 7 Shine on Harvest Moon - Jason Euringer (2:13)
  8. 8 Trouble in the Fields - Jason Euringer (4:02)
  9. 9 Your Cheatin' Heart - Jason Euringer (2:32)
  10. 10 Summertime - Jason Euringer (3:45)
  11. 11 Sentimental Journey - Jason Euringer (2:44)
  12. 12 O, My Beloved Father - Jason Euringer (2:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sarah Harmer Primary Artist, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Vocals
Jason Euringer Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Benjamin Persosin Trumpet
Spencer Evans Clarinet, Piano, Vocals
Technical Credits
Bill Monroe Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Giacomo Puccini Composer
Nanci Griffith Composer
Les Brown Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Pee Wee King Composer
Redd Stewart Composer
Sonny Burke Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Bud Green Composer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Nora Bayes Composer
Jack Norworth Composer
DuBose Heyward Composer
Robin Aubé Engineer
Sarah Harmer Prop Design
Ted Koehler Composer
Traditional Composer
Jason Euringer Slides
Graeme McCann Mastering
Jan Turney Mastering
Rick West Composer
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