You Were There for Me

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
One has to consider the collaborative union of renegade roots music guitarist Tony Rice and woolly Zen bluegrass legend Peter Rowan to be the most natural thing on earth and one that is long overdue. Both are true. While the two have played together on stages and even on record before, You Were There for Me marks their first full-fledged album collaboration. The program features no less than nine Rowan originals and a cover of Peter Lorin's fine "Cowboys and Indians." Rice is in fine playing form here, effortlessly underscoring and filling up Rowan's sung lines, and for his part, the songwriter is in fantastic voice. Accompanied throughout by bassist Bryn Bright and mandola ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
One has to consider the collaborative union of renegade roots music guitarist Tony Rice and woolly Zen bluegrass legend Peter Rowan to be the most natural thing on earth and one that is long overdue. Both are true. While the two have played together on stages and even on record before, You Were There for Me marks their first full-fledged album collaboration. The program features no less than nine Rowan originals and a cover of Peter Lorin's fine "Cowboys and Indians." Rice is in fine playing form here, effortlessly underscoring and filling up Rowan's sung lines, and for his part, the songwriter is in fantastic voice. Accompanied throughout by bassist Bryn Bright and mandola and mandolin maestro Billy Bright -- with guest appearances by drummer Larry Atamanuik and bassist Tony Garnier as well as Rob Emery on harmony vocals on a track each -- the sound here is easy, free, and warm. But this is no mere feel-good jam recording. Instead, it is a collection of Rowan's most poetic material rendered with deep emotion, elegance, and grace by the singer buoyed by a band led by Rice's uncanny, soulful, and otherworldly playing. While there isn't a weak track in the set, the clear standouts are the title cut, "Tin Roof Shack," "Miss Liberty," "Shirt Off My Back," "Wild Mustang," and "Angel Island." One of the most poetic, emotionally honest, and gorgeously rendered albums of American music to come out in decades. This recording is among the best in either man's catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2004
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661044128
  • Catalog Number: 610441
  • Sales rank: 116,499

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Were There for Me - Peter Rowan (3:08)
  2. 2 Tin Roof Shack - Peter Rowan (3:25)
  3. 3 Shirt Off My Back - Peter Rowan (3:48)
  4. 4 Miss Liberty (Lay My Lonesome Down) - Peter Rowan (5:36)
  5. 5 Cowboys and Indians - Peter Rowan (2:04)
  6. 6 Ahmed the Beggar Boy - Peter Rowan (4:49)
  7. 7 Angel Island - Peter Rowan (6:50)
  8. 8 Ain't That Just Like You - Peter Rowan (5:04)
  9. 9 Come Back to Old Santa Fe - Peter Rowan (4:09)
  10. 10 Wild Mustang - Peter Rowan (4:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peter Rowan Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Mandola
Tony Rice Primary Artist, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Larry Atamanuik Drums
Tony Garnier Double Bass
Robert Emery Vocal Harmony
Billy Bright Mandolin, Mandola
Bryn Bright Background Vocals, Double Bass, Vocal Harmony
Robert Emery Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Tony Rice Producer
Peter Rowan Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Joe Brien Engineer
Al Evers Direction
Robert K. Oermann Liner Notes
Billy Wolf Engineer, Mastering
Michael K. Sheehan Cover Photo
Michael Youngwood Engineer
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