We All Need Heroes

We All Need Heroes

by Tim Lake
     
 
Tim Lake is a folksinger with a song to sing, a man on a mission on We All Need Heroes. He kicks off with the buoyant, jaunty "Are You Ready?," a song that adds a bit of a spin to the Second Coming. He turns his refrain, "Are you ready?," into an honest to God question, suggesting that many true believers might not be as ready as they think they are. Lake is an

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Tim Lake is a folksinger with a song to sing, a man on a mission on We All Need Heroes. He kicks off with the buoyant, jaunty "Are You Ready?," a song that adds a bit of a spin to the Second Coming. He turns his refrain, "Are you ready?," into an honest to God question, suggesting that many true believers might not be as ready as they think they are. Lake is an eclectic folksinger, never getting too bogged down in questions of authenticity. On the opening cut, he borrows from rollicking gospel, while the follow-up, "It's You," sounds like a lazy bit of blues or jazz from the 1920s, complete with clarinet. His material is likewise eclectic. He can be a broad social critic and satirist, as on the first cut, a straight singer/songwriter on "It's You," and a storyteller on the title cut. Lake also has a knack for adding politics to the mix without being overly obvious. On the title cut, for instance, he notes that while everyone needs heroes, there's a price to pay: heroes, with families and friends like everyone else, don't always come home. In other instances like "Praise the Lord and Shoot to Kill," he covers his liberalism with a generous dose of humor, making the pill -- for those who disagree -- easier to swallow. We All Need Heroes is a well-wrought collection by a thoughtful performer, and will be warmly welcomed by good liberals and folk fans tired of the same old same old.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/11/2005
Label:
Padraig Records
UPC:
0761463544523
catalogNumber:
35445

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tim Lake   Primary Artist,Banjo,Guitar,Ukulele,Vocals,Background Vocals,Slide Whistle
Bobby Hackett   Tuba
John Heinrich   Steel Guitar
Ken Holbrook   Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Tripp Bratton   Percussion,Conga,Cymbals,Triangle,Snare Drums,Djembe,Shaker,Wood Block
Charles Thompson   Background Vocals
Daniel Thompson   Background Vocals
J. Flippin   Organ,Piano
Nathan Wilson   Bass,Background Vocals
Elizabeth Francis   Vocals
Luke Francis   Vocals

Technical Credits

Tim Lake   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
J. Flippin   String Arrangements

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