Ghost Town

Ghost Town

by Marley's Ghost


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Ghost Town

The quartet of multi-instrumentalists, singer/songwriters, and amateur folklorists known as Marley's Ghost got its start in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late '80s. They usually balance their repertoire between traditional tunes and originals written in a traditional manner, and are known for arrangements that can veer from folk-rock to reggae while dropping in plenty of gospel, blues, country, old-time music, bluegrass, Celtic, and the odd sea shanty along the way. They've been trying to get some national attention for their music for a long time, and although they've been a major draw at folk festivals for more than a decade, the average music fan has remained vaguely disinterested. Perhaps that's why they decided on a change of direction this time out. They've added a drummer to give the tunes a little more punch, and much of the album was recorded with Cowboy Jack Clement in Nashville with arrangements that stick close to country, albeit mostly acoustic country in a more roots music than Nashville style. "My Love Will Not Change," a Shawn Camp/Billy Burnette tune, is midway between a country two-step and a zydeco hoedown and includes some splendid pedal steel from Ed Littlefield, Jr. and sprightly fiddling from guest Hoot Hester. "Love and Happiness for You," an Emmylou Harris tune, has a laid-back Tex-Mex feel, with new member Jerry Fletcher's piano and sideman Jerry Mishkulin's accordion adding to the tune's melancholy feel. John Hartford's "Here I Am in Love Again" and Don Williams' "Which Way Do We Go" get straightforward country arrangements, the latter with a piano part that recalls Floyd Cramer's work on Hank Locklin's "Please Help Me I'm Falling." The band's originals are a bit more adventurous. Mike Phelan's "Should I Be Singing the Blues?" is midway between a '40s torch song and a mellow bit of Texas swing, while Dan Wheetman's "Don't We All Feel Like That" has a slight Latin tinge in its rhythm and brings to mind the southern Appalachian rhumba of Jesse Winchester. The Ghosts show off their usual multi-instrumental dexterity throughout, but it's possible that this change of direction may alienate old fans without necessarily bringing in any new country and Americana listeners.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/02/2010
Label: Sage Arts
UPC: 0098369020920
catalogNumber: 690209
Rank: 235206

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marley's Ghost   Primary Artist
Billy Burnette   Acoustic Guitar
Kimmie Rhodes   Vocals
Dan Wheetman   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,Vocals,Octave Mandolin
Shawn Camp   Acoustic Guitar
Jack Clement   Acoustic Guitar,Ukulele,Vocals
Hoot Hester   Fiddle,Mandolin
Joey Miskulin   Accordion
Daniel Protheroe   Bass
Jerry Fletcher   Piano,Accordion,Drums,Vocals,Hammond B3
Rick Lonow   Percussion,Drums
Joe Allen   Bass
Walter Forbes   Banjo
Matthew Gephart   Guitar (Baritone)
Brooks Watson   Vocals
Jon Wilcox   Mandolin,Vocals
Ed Littlefield   Vocals
Mike Phelan   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Guitar (Baritone)

Technical Credits

Emmylou Harris   Composer
John Hartford   Composer
Don Williams   Composer
Willis Alan Ramsey   Composer
Billy Burnette   Composer
Kimmie Rhodes   Composer
Dan Wheetman   Composer
Shawn Camp   Composer
Jack Clement   Composer,Producer
Tim O'Brien   Composer
Daniel Protheroe   Engineer
Allen Reynolds   Composer
Warren Zevon   Composer
Jamie Howarth   Corrections
Willy Matthews   Artwork
Herb McCullough   Composer
Matthew Gephart   Engineer
Brooks Watson   Engineer
Luke Chalk   Engineer
Ed Littlefield   Executive Producer
Mike Phelan   Composer
Michael Nash   Management
Tracy Schwartz   Composer
Mike Green   Booking

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