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With Roots & Wings

Although the folk and country scenes have had their political differences over the years -- folk is full of outspoken liberals, while country has had its share of outspoken conservatives -- the two also have a lot of musical common ground. Some alt-country artists have been influenced by Bob Dylan, and the late Johnny Cash is idolized on the folk circuit. On top of that, it is no secret that American folk, country, and bluegrass all owe a debt of gratitude to the traditional Irish, Scottish, and British songs that immigrants brought to the United States many years ago. So considering everything that folk and country have in common, it isn't surprising when one comes across a CD that has one foot in folk-rock and the other in country-rock -- a CD like Angel Band's second album, With Roots & Wings. Because Angel Band are an all-female vocal trio that contributes to country-rock, some listeners may be tempted to compare them to the Dixie Chicks or SHeDAISY -- and it should be noted that Lloyd Maines (father of the Dixie Chicks' lead singer, Natalie Maines) does most of the producing on this 2008 release. But Angel Band aren't nearly as slick or glossy as the Dixie Chicks or SHeDAISY can be; With Roots & Wings is a lot more organic-sounding, and it has more to offer from a folk-rock standpoint. It is hard to imagine corporate country stations embracing rootsy gems like "Drown in the Fountain of Good," "Moon Over Montgomery," and "Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep," but it is easy to envision this excellent CD receiving a favorable response from both folk and alternative country audiences. Nancy Josephson, Jen Schonwald, and Kathleen Weber (collectively Angel Band) are fine singers who handle themselves impressively well on original material as well as a cover of Chip Taylor's "Angel of the Morning." With Roots & Wings is a consistently rewarding sophomore effort from Angel Band.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/27/2008
Label: Appleseed Records
UPC: 0611587110824
catalogNumber: 1108
Rank: 238524

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Angel Band   Primary Artist
David Bromberg   Dobro,Guitar,Steel Guitar,Fender Telecaster
Bukka Allen   Accordion
Lloyd Maines   Mandolin,Pedal Steel Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,12-string Guitar
Marc Moss   Piano,Hand Drums
Jeff Wisor   Fiddle
Nancy Josephson   Vocals,Group Member
Terri Hendrix   Hand Clapping
Jen Schonwald   Vocals,Group Member
Kathleen Weber   Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Lloyd Maines   Producer,Audio Production
Marc Moss   Engineer
Nancy Josephson   Composer,Producer
Jen Schonwald   Composer

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