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After coloring the music of artists ranging from Queen Ida to Jerry Jeff Walker to Barbara Higbie and, most notably, Kate Wolf, Gerber has finally released her solo debut. But like her previous efforts, she still lurks behind the scenes. Gerber does not sing, instead letting Greg Brown, Lucy Kaplansky, Terry Garthwaite, Herb Peterson, and others handle the vocals. But vocals never were Gerber's forte; her marvelous guitar work has always been her meal ticket. During the six vocal cuts, the Northern California native relaxes comfortably into the role of filling and soloing, like she usually does in a supporting role. The other six tracks put her crystalline tone and perfect phrasing out front, which is precisely where she deserves to be. The music weaves in and out of folk conventions and Joni Mitchell-like jazz arrangements, but Gerber's melodic guitar voicings are always perfect for the moment. Anyone who has been waiting to this artist to cut loose with a burning solo can keep waiting. But anyone who has enjoyed her backing work more than the headliners she accompanies will be fully satisfied by a plate brimming with Gerber's sweet touch and magnificent taste. She may not be the biggest name around, but Nina Gerber is undoubtedly a guitar heroine of unrivaled proportions.
Performance CreditsNina Gerber Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar,Hi String
Scott Nygaard Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Greg Brown Guitar,Vocals
Terry Garthwaite Vocals
Lucy Kaplansky Vocals
Cary Black Acoustic Bass
Joe Craven Percussion,Tambourine,Shaker,Mouth Hat
Mike Marshall Mandocello
Herb Pedersen Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Vicki Randle Percussion,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Benny Rietveld Bass,Electric Bass
Kim Scanlon Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jami Sieber Cello
Chris Webster Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Ed Johnson Vocal Harmony
Billie Lee Lewis Drums
Technical CreditsNina Gerber Producer,Liner Notes
Gary Mankin Engineer
Greg Young Engineer
Ryan Hadlock Engineer