Songs of the Open Road

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
There's no arguing that Pete Kennedy and Maura Kennedy know how to write a fine song, but the Kennedys' catalog also confirms they can choose a lovely cover when they're of a mind, and they've chosen to pay homage to some of the songwriters and tunes that influenced them most with their eighth studio album, Songs of the Open Road. While the album offers a tip of the hat to some old friends and acknowledged mentors, including Nanci Griffith ("Late Night Grande Hotel"), Dave Carter ("Gypsy Rose" and "Happytown"), and Roger McGuinn ("Eight Miles High"), there are a few surprise selections here, including a lovely take on Nick Lowe's "Raging Eyes," the Flying Burrito Brothers' ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
There's no arguing that Pete Kennedy and Maura Kennedy know how to write a fine song, but the Kennedys' catalog also confirms they can choose a lovely cover when they're of a mind, and they've chosen to pay homage to some of the songwriters and tunes that influenced them most with their eighth studio album, Songs of the Open Road. While the album offers a tip of the hat to some old friends and acknowledged mentors, including Nanci Griffith ("Late Night Grande Hotel"), Dave Carter ("Gypsy Rose" and "Happytown"), and Roger McGuinn ("Eight Miles High"), there are a few surprise selections here, including a lovely take on Nick Lowe's "Raging Eyes," the Flying Burrito Brothers' "Sin City" performed with heart-tugging depth, and a timely interpretation of Jimmy Webb's "Galveston." Except for vocals and guitar from Maura, Pete handles all the instruments and production on Songs of the Open Road, and this is wondrous folk-rock built with equal measures of craft and soul; the rich but subtle arrangements are as fine as the Kennedys' peerless harmonies, and while this isn't as gloriously hooky as some of their earlier albums, as a loving expression of the folkier side of their nature it's grand stuff and the finished product leaves no doubt about how much these tunes mean to them. Some fans may quibble about the lack of original material on Songs of the Open Road, but with Bob Dylan, Gene Clark, and Mahalia Jackson among the songwriters represented, it's hard to argue the Kennedys' choice in tunesmiths, and their stirring performances confirm they chose them wisely.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/3/2006
  • Label: Appleseed Records
  • UPC: 611587109729
  • Catalog Number: 1097
  • Sales rank: 122,656

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 This Moment (4:58)
  2. 2 Eight Miles High (3:52)
  3. 3 A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall (5:23)
  4. 4 Pretty Girl Why (2:15)
  5. 5 Gypsy Rose (4:18)
  6. 6 Raging Eyes (2:34)
  7. 7 Gypsy Rider (3:25)
  8. 8 Galveston (3:01)
  9. 9 Jasmine (3:00)
  10. 10 Eye on the Road (4:11)
  11. 11 Happytown (All Right with Me) (3:34)
  12. 12 Sin City (4:11)
  13. 13 I'm on My Way (4:11)
  14. 14 Late Night Grande Hotel (4:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Kennedys Primary Artist
Pete Kennedy Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums, Glockenspiel, Electric Guitar, Ukulele, Electric Sitar, 5-string Banjo, Group Member
Maura Kennedy Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Radoslav Lorkovic Accordion, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Nanci Griffith Composer
Chris Hillman Composer
John Stewart Composer
Mahalia Jackson Composer
Gene Clark Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Gram Parsons Composer
Stephen Stills Composer
Victoria Williams Composer
Bob Neuwirth Composer
Jimmy Webb Composer
Dave Carter Composer
David Crosby Composer
Pete Kennedy Producer, Engineer
Nick Lowe Composer
Roger McGuinn Composer
Charlie Pilzer Mastering
Maura Kennedy Engineer
Sandy L. Dyas Tray Photo
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