Spirit Dancer

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All Music Guide
Blackhawk's fifth album comes following many fundamental changes for the group. First and foremost, co-founder Van Stephenson died of cancer, leaving Henry Paul and Dave Robbins to carry on. The two were faced with further challenges. After a promising and successful beginning, the trio, all songwriters, had taken to putting out albums largely consisting of songs written by Nashville professionals that sold less and less well, to the point that Arista Records dropped them. So, Paul and Robbins signed to Columbia and tried to take back their music. The result is their most personal album. The title track, not surprisingly, is a tribute to Stephenson, and it's one of several earnest and sincere efforts, including "Days ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Blackhawk's fifth album comes following many fundamental changes for the group. First and foremost, co-founder Van Stephenson died of cancer, leaving Henry Paul and Dave Robbins to carry on. The two were faced with further challenges. After a promising and successful beginning, the trio, all songwriters, had taken to putting out albums largely consisting of songs written by Nashville professionals that sold less and less well, to the point that Arista Records dropped them. So, Paul and Robbins signed to Columbia and tried to take back their music. The result is their most personal album. The title track, not surprisingly, is a tribute to Stephenson, and it's one of several earnest and sincere efforts, including "Days of America," a chart single ten months in advance of the album's release that unintentionally touched on the spirit of the country in the wake of September 11, 2001, and "Brothers of the Southland," Paul's attempt to honor the dead among his old Southern rock colleagues in the Allman Brothers Band, the Marshall Tucker Band, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. He himself used to be in the Outlaws, another Southern rock outfit. In other words, this is not your typical country album. The question is whether, for all its good intentions, it's any better. The music is defined by Paul's distinctively whiny voice, which cuts through the country-pop arrangements, and that voice is best put to use in the more introspective songs, such as "Forgiveness" and "Leavin' the Land of the Broken Hearted," which reflect on personal and professional mistakes. They may not be any more deeply felt than the other deeply felt songs on the album, but they're more revealing and touching. This is an album Blackhawk probably had to make. It's a risk, but at this point in the band's career, one worth taking.~ William Ruhlmann
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/28/2006
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886970221320
  • Catalog Number: 702213

Album Credits

Performance Credits
BlackHawk Primary Artist
Henry Paul Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Spady Brannan Bass
David Grissom Electric Guitar
Carl Marsh Keyboards
Dale Oliver Electric Guitar
Michael Rhodes Bass
Tammy Rogers Fiddle
Catherine Styron Keyboards
Lonnie Wilson Drums
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle, Mandolin
Mike Radovosky Drums
Tim Akers Piano, Accordion
Willie Crane Electric Guitar
Larry Beaird Acoustic Guitar
Tommy Harden Drums
David Robbins Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Jeff King Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Henry Gross Composer
Henry Paul Producer
Jim Peterik Composer
Mike Clute Producer, Engineer
Rick Giles Producer
Carl Marsh String Arrangements
Tim Nichols Composer
Billy Montana Composer
Bonnie Baker Composer
Rollow Welch Art Direction
Benny Quinn Mastering
Philip Scoggins Engineer
Pat Bunch Composer
Deb Haus Art Direction, Artist Development
Carol Ann Brown Composer
Lee Thomas Miller Composer
David Robbins Producer
Gilles Godard Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Music for you and I

    I've been a country music fan since I was old enough to sing along. Until now, I have never found an artist or an album that defines my life quite the way BlackHawk has done it with this album. Song by song, the continue to amaze with their perceptions, their harmonies, and their unique almost-outside-the-box arrangements. ''One Love'' has an earthy, celtic instrumentation to it while the lyrics could only be written by someone who has truly found the love of their lifetime. We have all lost someone close to us, and ''Spirit Dancer'' is a reflection of that loss...and the feeling that the departed is still walking beside you helping you through the day. If you have ever spent time looking through old photographs or yearbooks thinking about the glory days of younger years, ''Gloryland'' will strike a chord with you. The simple truth of ''Forgiveness'' is backed by a striking string arrangement. ''Days of America'' features the guitar work that is one of the highlights of BlackHawk's live show, and children of the 70s will appreciate the southern-rock ''Brothers of the Southland.'' In short, this may well be one of the best albums of the decade.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    There I Said It...

    True artists are driven by the need to express human nature. The best song is a reflection of the writer. This makes a song real, adds a dimension, allows all who listen a more personal identification with the music. Love, loss, determination, spirituality, self-discovery, and starting over are just a few of the themes addressed by the songs on Spirit Dancer. Standout tracks include ¿One Love,¿ which opens with the lines ¿We are just children in his hands/Two in a million precious grains of sand/We sift through His fingers dancing on the wind/We find each other.¿ Love, in its purest and most beautiful form. ¿Days of America¿ takes a Mellencamp-esque approach in saluting the American working people in triumph over adversity. ¿Brothers of the Southland¿ speaks for itself as a Southern Rocker¿s anthem to his brethren. Native American flute and chant haunt ¿Spirit Dancer,¿ the song written for the late Van Stephenson. More than a tribute, the song addresses the questions and beliefs that affect anyone who has lost a loved one. Anyone who has flipped through an old yearbook or lost touch with an old friend will relate to the youthful innocence paired with adult realizations of ¿Gloryland.¿ From the opening instrumental strains through deftly crafted lines like ¿Can you find beauty in the beast I¿ve been/Is it too late for me to start again¿, ¿Forgiveness¿ stands out as a strikingly honest and direct piece of music. The album is filled with the harmonies and instrumental arrangements that have become BlackHawk trademarks, but the band has outdone itself this time around. This album is quite possibly one of the finest CDs of the decade.

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