Blues and Lamentations

Blues and Lamentations

by Kate Campbell

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Overview

It's perhaps understandable if Kate Campbell fans have pictured her as standing -- in an artistic manner -- still for the last several years. Her most recent albums have either consisted of covers (Twang on a Wire) or re-recordings of early material (Sing Me Out and The Portable Kate Campbell). So the release of Blues and Lamentations is a welcome return to fine, deep albums like Wandering Strange. Campbell's warm Southern vocals wrap themselves around the lyrics of "Miles of Blues" and "Pans of Biscuits" as though they were old friends, and the country-folk arrangements offer the perfect underpinning. There are also nice touches like spiritually tinged background singing on the choruses of "Genesis Blues" and "New Blues." It would be easy to mistake Campbell's song titles -- "Shallow Grave" and "Lay Back the Darkness" -- as depressing and gain the idea that Blues and Lamentations is a downbeat affair. A spiritual quality underlines each lyric, however, and Campbell's vocals inject each song with a hopefulness that remains despite life's obstacles. These songs, filled with good melodies and understated instrumental work, are brought to life by the deep resonance of Campbell's lovely vocals. Blues and Lamentations is much more than another album by another singer/songwriter about how rough life is; it's a deeply considered recording and it should receive a warm welcome from Campbell's fans.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/06/2005
Label: Large River Music
UPC: 0751653410424
catalogNumber: 4104
Rank: 213347

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kate Campbell   Primary Artist,Tambourine,Vocals
Guy Clark   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Verlon Thompson   Vocal Harmony
Cindy Walker   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Walt Aldridge   Bouzouki,Guitar,Vocals
Larry Franklin   Fiddle
Jim Hoke   Clarinet,Harmonica,Accordion,Autoharp
Carl Jones   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin
Mac McAnally   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Maura O'Connell   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Neal Rosengarden   Trumpet
Tony Baker & His Orchestra   Piano
David Jacques   Double Bass,Upright Bass
Randy Kohrs   Dobro
Ron de la Vega   Cello
Bill Huber   Trombone
Neil Rosengarden   Trumpet
Doug Stokes   Percussion
Mark Narmore   Piano

Technical Credits

Jessie Mae Hemphill   Composer
Walt Aldridge   Composer,Audio Production
Kate Campbell   Composer,Liner Notes
Trixie Smith   Composer
Kevin Gordon   Composer
Aimee Roberts-Mazurek   Graphic Design

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