Poet In My Window [Bonus Track]

Poet In My Window [Bonus Track]

by Nanci Griffith


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Poet In My Window [Bonus Track]

Originally released on Featherbed Records in 1982 amid a hectic touring schedule and digitally remastered for re-release by Philo/Rounder, Griffith’s second, country-tinged album, with colorful splashes of pedal steel and drums, foreshadows the singer's emergence into the ‘80s New Country scene and displays her evolution into lyrical, vocal, and musical maturity. Wearing her heart and Southern-literary influences (Carson McCullers and Thomas Wolfe, dashed with Yankee Norman Mailer) on her songwriting sleeve, Griffith spins intimate character vignettes into a redemptive books-on-the-road ballad album filled with memories of people gone, moved on, or facing life head-on. From the opening my-wheels-are-gonna-carry-me-away-too-long “Can’t Love Wrong,” a lament for the heart of a lonely man who's “the work of a Southern writer/where everyman’s a fighter,” she segues into a stately country waltz to “America’s fatherless child” (“Marilyn Monroe/Neon & Waltzes”); the Appalachian last-chance-mining-for-love’s-treasure plaint of a woman who kept her feelings buried deep (“Heart of a Miner”); and a poignant portrait of an old wino dancing the barroom floor in white satin gloves (“Julie Anne”), followed by the nostalgic minor-chord dreams of “You Can’t Go Home Again.” The album gathers glorious speed with a dark old-time-chain-gang barbershop-quartet chant-tale about a Texas boy enslaved in the Manhattan rat race (“Wheels”), a sublimely catchy signature song to the solitary pains and pleasures of life on the road (“Workin’ in Corners”), and a lilting bluegrass turn about a love’s-lost country boy “buried in these hills” (“Waltzing with the Angels”). --Janie Matthews

Product Details

Release Date: 01/08/2002
Label: Philo / Umgd
UPC: 0011671123523
catalogNumber: 711235

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nanci Griffith   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Eric Taylor   Bass
Dick Blatter   Baritone
John Catchings   Cello
Copp   Bass
Marlin Griffith   Tenor (Vocal)
John Hill   Drums
James Hooker   Synthesizer,Piano
Doug Lancio   Electric Guitar
Pat McInerney   Drums
Evelyne Taylor   Vocal Harmony
Brian Wood   Acoustic Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Wells Young   Synthesizer,Bass,Piano
John Grosnick   Lead
Ron de la Vega   Bass,Cello

Technical Credits

Nanci Griffith   Producer,Cover Design
Jim Rooney   Producer
Marlin Griffith   Graphic Design
John Hill   Producer,Engineer
Mark Miller   Engineer,Remixing
Laurence Hill   Producer,Engineer
Wayne Miller   Producer
Mark Rector   Vocal Arrangements

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