Unfortunate Rake: Yellow Mercury, Vol. 2

Unfortunate Rake: Yellow Mercury, Vol. 2

by Crooked Jades

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Unfortunate Rake: Yellow Mercury, Vol. 2

Traditional bluegrass and country have undergone a renaissance of late. With more and more young musicians being turned on to the collected works of Alan Lomax and Harry Smith, the urge to sepia tone their own muse has resulted in some remarkable recordings. Like fellow Californians Gillian Welch and Creedence Clearwater Revival, San Francisco's Crooked Jades discovered that their roots lie in the hills and swamplands of the Southeast, and have convinced the masses of their questionable lineage with an authenticity that rivals their Smithsonian Folkways heroes. Unfortunate Rake, Vol. 2: Yellow Mercury is a reverent set of traditional and original dances, ballads, children's songs, and dirges played by 12 very talented musicians on period instruments and co-produced by Richard Buckner, who contributes a haunting lead vocal to Hank Williams' "Heaven Holds All My Treasures." You can almost hear the crackle of the needle on string band standards like "Knoxville Rag" and "Shady Grove," and the warm drone of "Yerba Buena Lament" shows a flair for experimentation that suits the collective's ambitious nature. There's an underlying darkness to Yellow Mercury that reveals itself on the melancholy closer "So Many People (So Far from Their Hearts)." Band leader and archivist Jeff Kazor's lament for California's greedy past, with its refrain of "One more in the name of success," causes the listener to backtrack through the reels and waltzes of Unfortunate Rake, Vol. 2 with a cautious ear and a heavier heart and marvel at the many guises of human nature.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/19/2003
Label: Copper Creek
UPC: 0722321200524
catalogNumber: 2005

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Crooked Jades   Primary Artist
Mayne Smith   Pedal Steel Guitar,Guest Appearance
Adam Tanner   Fiddle,Mandolin,Guitar (Tenor),Guest Appearance
Richard Buckner   Guitar,Piano,Vocals,tiple,Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance,Baritone Ukulele
Lynn Daniel   Bass,Guest Appearance
Lisa Berman   Banjo,Dobro,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Guitar (Resonator),Vocal Harmony,Baritone Ukulele,Group Member
Tom Lucas   Banjo,Ukulele,Vocals,Background Vocals,Quills,Group Member
David Bamberger   Bass,Group Member
Michael Ismerio   Fiddle,Guest Appearance
Kevin Sandri   Bass,Guest Appearance
Jeff Kazor   Guitar,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Group Member
Stephen "Sammy" Lind   Banjo,Guest Appearance
Stephanie Prausnitz   Fiddle,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Uncle Dave Macon   Composer
John Fahey   Composer
Larry Crane   Engineer
Adam Tanner   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Richard Buckner   Producer
John Croslin   Engineer
Lisa Berman   Graphic Design
Tom Lucas   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Scott Solter   Engineer
Jeff Kazor   Composer,Sound Effects,Producer,Liner Notes

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