Mary Janes Record, No. 1

The Mary Janes Record, No. 1

by Mary Janes
     
 
What with their Nashville record label and conspicuous fiddle and steel guitar, the Mary Janes are generally considered to be a part of the alt-country phenomenon. But the group's actual sound, which is slow, gently jangly, and swooningly tuneful, is about as far from country tradition as you can get and still feature fiddle and steel guitar. In fact, "Shooting Star,"

Overview

What with their Nashville record label and conspicuous fiddle and steel guitar, the Mary Janes are generally considered to be a part of the alt-country phenomenon. But the group's actual sound, which is slow, gently jangly, and swooningly tuneful, is about as far from country tradition as you can get and still feature fiddle and steel guitar. In fact, "Shooting Star," which opens the album with a seven-minute stretch of dreamy vocals, plodding drums, and incredibly affecting melody, evinces no other group as much as This Mortal Coil. "Wish I Could Fly" is more clearly rooted in country-rock, or at least folk-rock. Built on a foundation of guitar arpeggio and fiddle ostinato, it's an irresistible piece of sweet, yearning guitar pop. Singer and guitarist Janas Hoyt tends to whisper, and she shies away from liquid consonants unnecessarily (á la Natalie Merchant and Eddie Reader), but her delivery never seems less than perfect in the context of the song. This is a rare gem of a debut from a band that already deserves far wider recognition.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/06/1999
Label:
DELMORE RECORDS
UPC:
0795528001621
catalogNumber:
16

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mary Janes   Primary Artist
Jamey Reid   Drums,Snare Drums
John P. Strohm   Organ,Acoustic Guitar
Mitch Harris   Drums,Snare Drums
Kathy Kolata   Violin,Viola
Glenn Hicks   Bass Guitar,Vocals
Caroline Balfe   Violin
Mark Maher   Bass Guitar
Geraldine Haas   Cello
Janas Hoyt   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Steel Scoville   Guitar
Kurt Squire   Harmonica
Jana Wampler   Drums,Snare Drums

Technical Credits

John P. Strohm   Engineer
Mark Maher   Engineer
Janas Hoyt   Producer

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