You Can't Save Everybody

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The phenomenon of young white men from Brooklyn doing their best to sound like old black men from Mississippi is by now so thoroughly institutionalized in pop music that it doesn't even raise an eyebrow. Which is a good thing for Kieran Kane, who's not that young anymore but is still plenty white, and whose songs tend to sound as if they'd been scraped up out of the Delta mud and wiped off perfunctorily before being performed. Kevin Welch, a native Oklahoman and longtime Nashville resident, comes by his regional inflections a bit more honestly, and writes from a similarly rough-hewn perspective. The two of them collaborate beautifully on this spare, moody collection of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The phenomenon of young white men from Brooklyn doing their best to sound like old black men from Mississippi is by now so thoroughly institutionalized in pop music that it doesn't even raise an eyebrow. Which is a good thing for Kieran Kane, who's not that young anymore but is still plenty white, and whose songs tend to sound as if they'd been scraped up out of the Delta mud and wiped off perfunctorily before being performed. Kevin Welch, a native Oklahoman and longtime Nashville resident, comes by his regional inflections a bit more honestly, and writes from a similarly rough-hewn perspective. The two of them collaborate beautifully on this spare, moody collection of originals and cover songs, an album that shines brightest in its dark, quiet moments and falters only when it descends into tired homily. For the former, check out Kane's lovely but resigned title track and Welch's gentle but powerful rendition of Ron Davies' "Dark Eyed Gal," and, best of all, Welch's quietly glorious "Prayer Like Any Other," which closes the album. For an example of the latter, check out the obvious and deeply banal anti-corporate screed "Everybody's Working for the Man Again." Highly recommended overall.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/20/2004
  • Label: Compass Records
  • UPC: 766397438528
  • Catalog Number: 974385
  • Sales rank: 8,362

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Can't Save Everybody - Fats Kaplin (3:13)
  2. 2 Dark Eyed Gal - Fats Kaplin (3:58)
  3. 3 Hillbilly Blue - Fats Kaplin (3:11)
  4. 4 Jersey Devil - Fats Kaplin (4:21)
  5. 5 Somewhere in the Middle - Fats Kaplin (2:41)
  6. 6 Flycatcher Jack and the Whippoorwill's Song - Fats Kaplin (4:01)
  7. 7 Callin' Me - Fats Kaplin (2:47)
  8. 8 Till I'm Too Old to Die Young - Fats Kaplin (3:29)
  9. 9 Cecil's Lament - Fats Kaplin (2:50)
  10. 10 Everybody's Working for the Man Again... - Fats Kaplin (4:09)
  11. 11 Just Like That - Fats Kaplin (3:30)
  12. 12 A Prayer Like Any Other - Fats Kaplin (3:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kieran Kane Primary Artist, Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Noise, Shaker, Box
Kevin Welch Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Fats Kaplin Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, Accordion, Button Accordion, Tenor Banjo, Guest Appearance
Claudia Scott Vocals
Technical Credits
Kevin Welch Composer
Ron Davies Composer
Kieran Kane Composer, Cover Painting
Scott Dooley Composer
John Hadley Composer
Sean Locke Composer
Philip Scoggins Engineer, Mastering
Charles Yingling Engineer
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