South of Delia

South of Delia

by Richard Shindell


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South of Delia

Ever since Elton John and Bernie Taupin released Tumbleweed Connection a variety of artists have dipped into that old west quasi-country world, a place somewhere between Triple A and country radio, but not really part of either. "Acadian Driftwood" is a strong opening track, pedal steel, accordion and violin all played with a grasp of what the methodical and understated artist has in mind. Understated in a good way, mind you, as "Señor (Tales of Yankee Power)" blends that Gordon Lightfoot melancholy with superb ethereal electric slide guitar. "The Humpback Whale," on the other hand, is a perfect theme to Sena Jeter Naslund's novel Ahab's Wife, Richard Shindell moving to different imaginary settings, old west to the high seas. His rendition of Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A." is definitive -- you can actually understand the lyrics while the arrangement, production and execution are all superior to Springsteen's bark. This artist performs the cover as if he wrote it and puts real love into the rendition. Quite a revelation as well as a statement on Shindell's contributions which have not been fully recognized at the time of this release. "Sitting on Top of the World" is another example of taking well-worked material and making it a cohesive part of this collection, putting his signature on music that in lesser hands would just come off stale. Whether it's the elegant harmonies on "Mercy Street" or the subtle guitar strums of "The Storms Are on the Ocean," the intent is effectively projected on this highly listenable excursion to different lands and different times. "Northbound 35" perfect for a sequel to Brokeback Mountain, that pensive mood with reflective lyrics -- "what's beautiful is broken" to "I never even kissed you on the mouth/And he said goodbye" -- territory Lou Reed covered on his Berlin album though here it is more sad than dark. The 12 tracks combine to draw out an eloquent dialogue, the music a delicate and perfect counterpoint to the ideas Richard Shindell expresses to the listener on this superior release.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/15/2007
Label: Richard Shindell
UPC: 0700261213132
catalogNumber: 1809

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Richard Shindell   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki,Piano,Cymbals,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Tambourine,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Bombo,Cajon,Foot Percussion,Harmony,Mountain Dulcimer,Guitar (Nylon String),Vocal Harmony
Tony Trischka   Banjo
Eliza Gilkyson   Background Vocals,Harmony
Richard Thompson   Electric Guitar
David Sancious   Piano,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Lucy Kaplansky   Background Vocals,Harmony
Pablo Aslan   Upright Bass
Larry Campbell   Electric Guitar
Mark Dann   Electric Bass
León Gieco   Background Vocals,Harmony
Lisa Gutkin   Violin
Mark Hallman   Background Vocals,Harmony
Viktor Krauss   Upright Bass
Dennis McDermott   Cymbals,Drums,Tom-Tom,Snare Drums,Bodhran
Lincoln Schleifer   Electric Bass
Ben Wittman   Percussion,Cymbals,Tambourine,Triangle,Snare Drums
Radoslav Lorkovic   Accordion,Harmonium,Hammond Organ
Analía Sirio   Harmony
Sara Milonovich   Violin,Harmony,Low Whistle
Richard Shindell   Acoustic Guitar
Analia Sirio   Background Vocals
Pablo Alsan   Upright Bass

Technical Credits

Woody Guthrie   Composer
Richard Shindell   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Robbie Robertson   Composer
Bruce Springsteen   Composer
A.P. Carter   Composer
Mark Dann   Engineer
León Gieco   Composer
Mark Hallman   Engineer
Rich Lamb   Engineer
Lincoln Schleifer   Engineer
Ben Wittman   Engineer
Josh Ritter   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Osqui Amante   Engineer
Martin Hoffman   Composer
Jeffrey Foucault   Composer
Marcelo Etchemendy   Engineer
Richard Shindell   Audio Production

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