What the Brothers Sang

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
After years of playing the role of guest vocalist and harmony arranger-in-chief for Will Oldham/Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Faun Fables' Dawn McCarthy finally gets to split the bill on What the Brothers Sang, a lovingly crafted, laid-back collection of songs from the vaults of the Everly Brothers that are as respectful as they are idiosyncratic. Recorded and mixed by David Ferguson Johnny Cash, Del McCoury Band, and backed by a small army of seasoned session musicians, Oldham and McCarthy approach the songs -- almost all of which came up for air in the '60s and reside more or less in the deep end of the duo's formidable catalog -- in such an honest and open-ended ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
After years of playing the role of guest vocalist and harmony arranger-in-chief for Will Oldham/Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Faun Fables' Dawn McCarthy finally gets to split the bill on What the Brothers Sang, a lovingly crafted, laid-back collection of songs from the vaults of the Everly Brothers that are as respectful as they are idiosyncratic. Recorded and mixed by David Ferguson Johnny Cash, Del McCoury Band, and backed by a small army of seasoned session musicians, Oldham and McCarthy approach the songs -- almost all of which came up for air in the '60s and reside more or less in the deep end of the duo's formidable catalog -- in such an honest and open-ended fashion that it's easy to forget where the material was sourced. The pair forgo the brothers' tight, by-the-book harmonies for a more languid, naturalistic approach that uses unison singing as a springboard for harmonic exploration one of the album's biggest thrills lies in wondering which vocalist will break free first, especially on ballads like "Devoted to You," "Empty Boxes," and the weepy, pedal steel-laden "It's All Over," but they're not opposed to letting loose, as evidenced by the inclusion of likeable yet forgettable open road rockers like "Somebody Help Me" and "Milk Train," both of which, in their original incarnations, benefited greatly from Phil and Don's pop acumen. Not surprisingly, it's the less propulsive numbers that truly resonate on What the Brothers Sang, as Oldham and McCarthy sound less emotionally constricted at a more measured pace, and when they allow their muses to meet, as they do on highlights like "Breakdown," "What Am I Loving For," and the beautiful closer "Kentucky," the results are transcendent.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/19/2013
  • Label: Palace Records
  • UPC: 781484055525
  • Catalog Number: 54
  • Sales rank: 13,065

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Breakdown - Dawn McCarthy (3:08)
  2. 2 Empty Boxes - Dawn McCarthy (2:47)
  3. 3 Milk Train - Dawn McCarthy (2:46)
  4. 4 What Am I Living For - Dawn McCarthy (3:36)
  5. 5 My Little Yellow Bird - Dawn McCarthy (2:23)
  6. 6 Devoted To You - Dawn McCarthy (2:24)
  7. 7 Somebody Help Me - Dawn McCarthy (2:36)
  8. 8 So Sad - Dawn McCarthy (3:20)
  9. 9 Omaha - Dawn McCarthy (4:05)
  10. 10 It's All Over - Dawn McCarthy (3:05)
  11. 11 Poems, Prayers and Promises - Dawn McCarthy (3:57)
  12. 12 Just What I Was Looking For - Dawn McCarthy (3:06)
  13. 13 Kentucky - Dawn McCarthy (2:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bonnie "Prince" Billy Primary Artist
Pat McLaughlin Background Vocals
Bobby Wood Organ, Piano
John Catchings Cello
Dan Dugmore Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar
Kenny Malone Drums
Joey Miskulin Accordion
John Mock Mandolin, Harmonium
Matt Sweeney Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Nils Frykdahl Flute
Billy Contreras Fiddle
Peter Townsend Percussion
Emmett Kelly Guitar, Background Vocals
Dave Roe Bass
Chris Vivio Tuba
Ian McAllister Trombone, Euphonium
Noah Taggart Tuba, Sousaphone
John Barron "JB" Trombone, Euphonium
Technical Credits
Ron Elliott Composer
Kris Kristofferson Composer
John Denver Composer
Carole King Composer
Art Harris Composer
Jackie Edwards Composer
Don Everly Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Felice Bryant Composer
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
David Ferguson Engineer
Tony Romeo Composer
Karl Davis Composer
Paul Oldham Mastering
Dan Osborn Layout
Fred Jay Composer
Dawn McCarthy Drawing
Magnus Johnstone Artwork
Brett Eugene Ralph Liner Notes
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