Winter Marquee

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Her first live album since 1988?s magical, acclaimed One Fair Summer Evening, Nanci Griffith?s Winter Marquee shines like a bright night beacon, brilliantly showcasing a career-spanning array of her own memorable story-songs, favorite covers, and new tracks. The sound is classic country-folk, with superb assists by Griffith's longtime band, the Blue Moon Orchestra, and special guest vocalists Emmylou Harris and Tom Russell. Griffith?s sweet, twangy-timbred soprano flows rich and clear with seasoned, seamless ease on songs about life on the run and on the road -- whether wandering lovers, long-lost loves, or just plain wanderlust -- in all its many-colored splendor. Highlights include inspired renditions of John ...
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Her first live album since 1988’s magical, acclaimed One Fair Summer Evening, Nanci Griffith’s Winter Marquee shines like a bright night beacon, brilliantly showcasing a career-spanning array of her own memorable story-songs, favorite covers, and new tracks. The sound is classic country-folk, with superb assists by Griffith's longtime band, the Blue Moon Orchestra, and special guest vocalists Emmylou Harris and Tom Russell. Griffith’s sweet, twangy-timbred soprano flows rich and clear with seasoned, seamless ease on songs about life on the run and on the road -- whether wandering lovers, long-lost loves, or just plain wanderlust -- in all its many-colored splendor. Highlights include inspired renditions of John Prine’s "Speed of the Sound of Loneliness," Bob Dylan’s beautifully moving "Boots of Spanish Leather," and Griffith’s own indelible signatures "There’s a Light Beyond These Woods (Mary Margaret)," "Gulf Coast Highway," "The Flyer," "I’m Not Drivin’ These Wheels (Bring the Prose to the Wheel)", and "Listen to the Radio," as well as Julie Gold’s "Good Night, New York," the CD’s first single, which Griffith performed on David Letterman’s commemorative 9/11 Late Night show.--Janie Matthews
All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Artistically speaking, Nanci Griffith has been in somewhat of a funk since 1998's Other Voices, Too. 1999's The Dust Bowl Symphony offered a syrupy greatest-hits package and 2001's Clock Without Hands, her first new material in several years, seemed both over-produced and overwrought. To further muddy the picture, Rounder released three early Griffith albums in 2002, reminding listeners how well she could write. Also released by Rounder, the live Winter Marquee is the first new album Griffith has released on the label since the mid-'80s. Following the reissues, it seems like something of a homecoming. The straightforward, hour-long set is made up of old favorites, a couple recent pieces, and a few covers. Accompanied by a country-folk band, Griffith's vocals take center stage to offer fine versions of "I'm Not Drivin' These Wheels" and "The Flyer." She's in great voice, and one of the pleasures of her music has always been the way she lovingly lingers over phrases for emphasis. She's joined by a couple of special guests, including Emmylou Harris on "Good Night, New York" and Tom Russell on "What's that I Hear" and "White Freight Liner." The set is also strengthened by the inclusion of less-frequently covered pieces like "There's a Light Beyond These Woods." While Winter Marquee may lack the spark of an early album like Once in a Very Blue Moon, fans will enjoy this live set.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2002
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661322028
  • Catalog Number: 613220

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nanci Griffith Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Emmylou Harris Vocal Harmony
Tom Russell Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Andrew Hardin Acoustic Guitar
James Hooker Keyboards, Vocals
Pat McInerney Percussion, Drums
Ron de la Vega Bass, Cello, Vocals
Chas Williams Dobro, Electric Guitar
Le Ann Etheridge Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Nanci Griffith Producer
Mark Lambert Mastering
Dean Norman Engineer, Mastering, Monitor Engineer
Doug Dawson Engineer
Monty Hitchcock Producer
Bruce Pearson Guitar Techician
Daniel Flowers Composer
Nacny Griffith Producer
James H. Brown Jr. Composer
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