Songs of the Open Road

Songs of the Open Road

by The Kennedys


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Songs of the Open Road

There's no arguing that Pete Kennedy and Maura Kennedy know how to write a fine song, but the Kennedys' catalog also confirms they can choose a lovely cover when they're of a mind, and they've chosen to pay homage to some of the songwriters and tunes that influenced them most with their eighth studio album, Songs of the Open Road. While the album offers a tip of the hat to some old friends and acknowledged mentors, including Nanci Griffith ("Late Night Grande Hotel"), Dave Carter ("Gypsy Rose" and "Happytown"), and Roger McGuinn ("Eight Miles High"), there are a few surprise selections here, including a lovely take on Nick Lowe's "Raging Eyes," the Flying Burrito Brothers' "Sin City" performed with heart-tugging depth, and a timely interpretation of Jimmy Webb's "Galveston." Except for vocals and guitar from Maura, Pete handles all the instruments and production on Songs of the Open Road, and this is wondrous folk-rock built with equal measures of craft and soul; the rich but subtle arrangements are as fine as the Kennedys' peerless harmonies, and while this isn't as gloriously hooky as some of their earlier albums, as a loving expression of the folkier side of their nature it's grand stuff and the finished product leaves no doubt about how much these tunes mean to them. Some fans may quibble about the lack of original material on Songs of the Open Road, but with Bob Dylan, Gene Clark, and Mahalia Jackson among the songwriters represented, it's hard to argue the Kennedys' choice in tunesmiths, and their stirring performances confirm they chose them wisely.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/03/2006
Label: Appleseed Records
UPC: 0611587109729
catalogNumber: 1097
Rank: 71068

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kennedys   Primary Artist
Pete Kennedy   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Drums,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Ukulele,Electric Sitar,5-string Banjo,Group Member
Maura Kennedy   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Radoslav Lorkovic   Accordion,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Nanci Griffith   Composer
Chris Hillman   Composer
John Stewart   Composer
Mahalia Jackson   Composer
Gene Clark   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Gram Parsons   Composer
Steve Stills   Composer
Victoria Williams   Composer
Bob Neuwirth   Composer
Jimmy Webb   Composer
Dave Carter   Composer
David Crosby   Composer
Pete Kennedy   Producer,Engineer
Nick Lowe   Composer
Roger McGuinn   Composer
Maura Kennedy   Engineer
Sandy L. Dyas   Tray Photo

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