Bright Morning Stars

Bright Morning Stars

by The Wailin' Jennys The Wailin' Jennys


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Since their 2001 inception in a Winnipeg guitar shop, the Wailin' Jennys have been quietly and consistently crafting some of North America's best modern roots music. Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody, and Heather Masse, the latter of whom took over for Annabelle Chvostek in 2007, sing like siblings and play like seasoned veterans, resulting in a seamless, understated sound that feels both perennial and distinctly Canadian. Lonesome and surprisingly comforting, the group's fourth studio album, Bright Morning Stars, offers up 13 meditations on love, life, and loss that fit right in with the trio's penchant for melding traditional folk songs and sea shanties with contemporary themes. It's a quiet but powerful collection of snowbound balladry that may be too subtle and unassuming for 21st century attention spans, which is a large part of its charm. Comparisons to Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch are apt, but the Jennys' ability to harmonize like the family acts of old sets them apart from many of their contemporaries. Part Watersons and part Fleetwood Mac, songs like the pop-driven "Swing Low Sail High," the jazzy "Mona Louise," the timeless sounding "Bird Song," and the sparse, largely a cappella title cut, feel grounded and effortless, despite their competing genres.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/08/2011
Label: Red House
UPC: 0033651023425
catalogNumber: 234
Rank: 8374


  1. Swing Low Sail High
  2. All the Stars
  3. Bird Song
  4. Away But Never Gone
  5. Storm Comin'
  6. Mona Louise
  7. Bright Morning Stars
  8. Across the Sea
  9. Asleep At Last
  10. What Has Been Done
  11. Cherry Blossom Love
  12. You Are Here
  13. Last Goodbye

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wailin' Jennys   Primary Artist
Bill Dillon   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar
Joe Phillips   Acoustic Bass,Upright Bass
Kevin Breit   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Colin Cripps   Dobro,Electric Guitar
David Travers-Smith   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Keyboards
Rob Gusevs   Organ
Jean Martin   Drums
Justin Haynes   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Ukulele
Richard Moody   Viola
Paul Mathew   Electric Bass,Cello,Acoustic Bass
Nicky Mehta   Acoustic Guitar,Ukulele,Vocals
Ruth Moody   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Accordion,Vocals
Christian Dugas   Percussion,Drums
Heather Masse   Vocals
Jeremy Penner   Fiddle
Tone Valcic   Drums

Technical Credits

Mark Howard   Producer,Engineer
Grant Johnson   Engineer
David Travers-Smith   Producer,Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Wailin' Jennys   Arranger
Nicky Mehta   Composer
Ruth Moody   Composer
Norman Dugas   Engineer
Ron Sawchuk   Cover Art
Heather Masse   Composer
Jeremy Penner   Engineer
Herschel Freeman   Booking
Julien Paquin   Booking

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