Taking Our Time

Taking Our Time

by The Whiteley Brothers
     
 
Given that these guys have been on the Canadian music scene since the 1960s, it seems a little strange that this is only their third album together. On the other hand, given that they've appeared on over 150 recordings by other artists (including Leon Redbone, Blind John Davis, and John Hammond, Jr.), maybe that shouldn't be such a surprise after all; they have

Overview

Given that these guys have been on the Canadian music scene since the 1960s, it seems a little strange that this is only their third album together. On the other hand, given that they've appeared on over 150 recordings by other artists (including Leon Redbone, Blind John Davis, and John Hammond, Jr.), maybe that shouldn't be such a surprise after all; they have been awfully busy. Based on the evidence here, they ought to be making two or three albums a year. On Taking Our Time they played every instrument, sang every part, and wrote every song, and the instruments (which include everything from electric guitar, string bass, banjo, drums, and harmonica to washboard, cornet, jug, and feet) are hardly less varied than the songs themselves, which vary from classic blues ("Homeless Man," "Shufflin' and Shaggin'") to wacky 1920s-style pop ("I'll Be Looking for You") with occasional uncategorizable gems like the beautiful "Hold It." But the focus keeps coming back to the blues, and on songs like "I Don't Mind" and "Perfume and Tobacco" they do what very few white blues artists can: without trying to sound like 80-year-old black men, they deliver blues compositions that are idiomatic, emotionally powerful, and musically articulate. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/01/2001
Label:
Borealis Recording
UPC:
0773958113527
catalogNumber:
135

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Whiteley Brothers   Primary Artist
Chris Whiteley   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Trumpet,Cornet,Drums,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Washboard,Foot Percussion,Vocal Harmony
Ken Whiteley   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,Mandolin,Piano,Electric Bass,Drums,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Washboard,12-string Guitar,Jug,Snare Drums,Rubboard,Shaker,national steel guitar,String Bass,Washtub Bass,5-string Banjo,Tenor Banjo,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Clifford Scott   Composer
Chris Whiteley   Composer,Producer
Billy Butler   Composer
Ken Whiteley   Composer,Producer
Nik Tjelios   Engineer

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