Stars in My Crown

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Putting his electric guitar aside for a spell, Jorma Kaukonen turns to his acoustic instrument for a folk-tinged look at spirituals, old and new. The results, as anyone familiar with Kaukonen’s brilliant playing would expect, are masterful. Not that virtuoso picking is the sole raison d’être of the project. Jorma is also a forthrightly appealing vocalist, a fine songwriter, and a willing collaborator. On this heartfelt album, he‘s assisted by such sympathetic musicians as multi-instrumentalist Barry Mitterhoff, bassist Byron House, and slide guitarist Sally Van Meter (but not his Hot Tuna partner, bassist Jack Casady); some tracks feature discreet use of strings, ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Putting his electric guitar aside for a spell, Jorma Kaukonen turns to his acoustic instrument for a folk-tinged look at spirituals, old and new. The results, as anyone familiar with Kaukonen’s brilliant playing would expect, are masterful. Not that virtuoso picking is the sole raison d’être of the project. Jorma is also a forthrightly appealing vocalist, a fine songwriter, and a willing collaborator. On this heartfelt album, he‘s assisted by such sympathetic musicians as multi-instrumentalist Barry Mitterhoff, bassist Byron House, and slide guitarist Sally Van Meter (but not his Hot Tuna partner, bassist Jack Casady); some tracks feature discreet use of strings, backing vocals, and other agreeable touches that add finesse and flair. Ranging over material from Johnny Cash, Lightnin' Hopkins, and others, as well as his own highly personal originals, Kaukonen reasserts his position as a major figure in the contemporary acoustic music scene. Now in his mid-60s, this former Jefferson Airplane mainstay has gracefully evolved into a grand old man of roots music; his mentors and models would be proud.
All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
It's interesting the way things go in circles. In the early '60s, Jorma Kaukonen (or Jerry, as he was then) played blues guitar in the coffeehouses of the South Bay Area, sometimes with Janis Joplin. Now, after stints with Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, he's back to his first love, mixing blues, gospel, and country, backed by some excellent musicians. It's a blissful self-indulgence, laid-back but still quite heartfelt, although it has to be said that not all his material meets the standards ("Heart Temporary" is a decent opener, but not in the same class as "No Demon" or Johnny Cash's "The Man Comes Around"), although "A Life Well Lived" is a lovely piece of work. There are some excellent covers, a couple from the Rev. Gary Davis, and a delicious version of "By the Rivers of Babylon." As you'd expect, after four and a half decades, Kaukonen can pick a mean guitar, but he's content to let others take the lead role, especially Barry Mitterhoff's mandolin work. All in all, it makes for a great package, one to be savored over and over for its gentle, soulful heart.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2007
  • Label: Red House
  • UPC: 033651020226
  • Catalog Number: 202
  • Sales rank: 96,314

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jorma Kaukonen Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Phil Madeira Organ
Barry Mitterhoff Bouzouki, Mandolin, Tenor Banjo
David Angell Violin
John Catchings Cello
Connie Ellisor Violin
Jim Grosjean Viola
Jim Hoke Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone
Byron House Bass (Vocal), Upright Bass
Rob Ickes Guitar (Resonator)
Greg Leisz Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar
Ann McCrary Background Vocals
Sally Van Meter Tenor (Vocal), Guitar (Resonator)
Pamela Sixfin Violin
Tim Stafford Acoustic Guitar, Baritone (Vocal)
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale Violin
Kristin Wilkinson Viola
Reese Wynans Piano
Andrea Zonn Violin
Fats Kaplin Pedal Steel Guitar
Fred Eltringham Tambourine, Shaker, cowbell, Guiro
Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson Harmonica
Monisa Angell Viola
Jason Burleson 5-string Banjo
Shirley Settles Soprano (Vocal)
Ed Gerhard Acoustic Guitar, Weissenborn
Christopher Farrell Viola
Calvin Settles Tenor (Vocal)
Odessa Settles Alto (Vocal)
Todd Suttles Bass (Vocal)
Chris Brown Drums
Technical Credits
Jorma Kaukonen Composer, Liner Notes
Brenton Dowe Composer
Phil Madeira Engineer
Roy Book Binder Composer
Jim DeMain Mastering
Lightnin' Hopkins Composer
Byron House Composer, Producer, Engineer
Gary Paczosa Engineer
Kristin Wilkinson String Arrangements
Trevor McNaughton Composer
Ed Cash Engineer
Joe Croker Composer
Eliza E. Hewitt Composer
Ernie Hawkins Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    acoustic music

    this is a very good collection of songs by an excellent guitar player and his talented friends

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jorma's guitar is classic!

    If you're not familiar with Jorma (or Hot Tuna) but enjoy great finger-picking guitar playing, you're in for a treat. He is a legend. Jorma's famous for his "Embryonic Journey". The songs on this album aren't quite at that level, but it is definetly worth a listen.

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