Welcome to my Gordon Lightfoot fan site. Although this isn't an official artist's site, I try to accomplish the same thing, and therefore I include all the key elements of such a site. Most of the site is devoted to singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, including a biography, concert tour schedule, lyrics, and information on all the available (and not available) albums, as well as the latest news. My love of Lightfoot's music led me to discover many other wonderful folk musicians, and I include some articles about them, mostly in the Folk Notes column. One of them, Bob Gibson, influenced Lightfoot's 12 string guitar playing and the song structure for one of his most famous songs, Canadian Railroad Trilogy. Another, singer/songwriter Steve Gillette, wrote a song called Darcy Farrow (video), that Lightfoot performed very early in his career. All of these folk musicians write and play music that I enjoy, and that I think you will enjoy too. See the list below for quick links to information about them.
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Latest news & additions:
Gordon Lightfoot: The Complete Singles 1970-1980,
Drop the Needle on the Hits: Best of Gordon Lightfoot (B&N exclusive, 11/17/2017),
Gordon Lightfoot Concert Review by Don Ketchum, Phoenix AZ 3/2019,
Late Fall date in Eastern Canada,
Some Gordon Lightfoot Midwest US Dates Announced by Venues,
Gordon Lightfoot March, April and May 2019 Concerts,
Read Book Review
About the Songs:
Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald,
If You Could Read My Mind,
Song For A Winter's Night,
Ballad of Yarmouth Castle,
Cherokee Bend lyrics & info,
Pride Of Man,
Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen
Rick Dougherty - Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist & with the Folk Legacy Trio
Ian & Sylvia (Tyson)
The Brothers Four
The Chad Mitchell Trio
Peter Paul & Mary
Roger McGuinn / The Byrds / Sweetheart of the Rodeo
Buffalo Springfield 5 CD Box!
My Gordon Lightfoot Biography,
Gordon Lightfoot Musical Tour of the 1960s,
Early Lightfoot (early 1960s),
Live Lightfoot Cuts / late 1960s,
The Cottars Cover Gordon Lightfoot Song on Latest CD, Feast,
Toby Keith Covers Sundown! (Watch a live video),
Tidbits About Roger McGuinn and The Byrds (no Lightfoot, but worth a look),
Lightfoot places 3 singles in top 20 in new book,
After new evidence, Lightfoot changes a lyric in Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,
Shakin' All Over DVD,
Bob Gibson, Gibson & Camp CD Reissues,
A new instructional DVD teaches how to play the songs of Gordon Lightfoot,
The Music of Gordon Lightfoot (Theater) (6/2002),
2002 Exclusive Interview with Lightfoot,
Gordon Lightfoot Returns to NYC's Town Hall (8/2000)
Lightfoot on DVD.
November, 2007/June, 2008 -
New DVD on Canadian Music
Shakin' All Over: Canadian Pop Music in the 1960s, a documentary that initially aired on Canadian TV in January, 2006, was released on DVD in Canada on December 11, 2007, and in the US in April, 2008.
The two hour special captures the sounds of the decade, from the folk music of Ian and Sylvia, and the rhythm 'n' blues of Ronnie Hawkins, to the many other legendary stars like Joni Mitchell, The Guess Who, Neil Young, Anne Murray, The Band, cult heroes like David Wiffen, The Collectors and Mashmakhan, and some of Canada's brightest younger stars including Blue Rodeo, Barenaked Ladies and Sarah Harmer.
The special is full of candid interviews with more than 60 iconic figures like Gordon Lightfoot (of course), Buffy Sainte-Marie and Bruce Cockburn, who offer illuminating stories about each other. The Lightfoot content includes interview segments plus clips of archival performances of "Canadian Railroad Trilogy," "Early Morning Rain" and "Did She Mention My Name." It also features a clip of Ron Sexsmith's cover of "If You Could Read My Mind." And, strewn throughout are mentions by other artists of Lightfoot's influence on them and on the emergence of Canadian music worldwide.
In addition to the original two hour broadcast, the DVD has bonus interviews with several of the key artists, including a new interview with Lightfoot. Other bonus interviews are with Randy Bachman, Bruce Cockburn, Burton Cummings, Robbie Lane, Murray McLauchlan, Anne Murray, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Sylvia Tyson. The interviews are pieced together from what I assume were live interview sessions, and offer some interesting insights into the experiences and influences of each of these artists. Would you believe Lightfoot mentions Bruce Springsteen as a creative influence?
Shakin' All Over is based on the book "Before the Gold Rush - Flashbacks to the Dawn of the Canadian Sound" (sadly out of print), by Nicholas Jennings, who also wrote the liner notes for two Lightfoot CD releases. Jennings has followed the Canadian music scene for decades, and his knowledge and insight probably make him the premier Canadian music historian. If you haven't read his wonderful biography of Lightfoot in the Songbook boxed set, you should do that.
Along with the recent book by Bob Mercereau, just released in paperback, (see my review), this DVD sheds new light on the history of Canadian music, while featuring some of her greatest musical talents.
Unfortunately, it is already out of print, but is still available new from 3rd party sellers at Amazon (full Amazon guarantee applies). The links above are for Amazon.com; Canadian residents may prefer to buy through Amazon Canada, although in many cases it's the same sellers!
Photo: ©2014 Lorne Bridgman for Massey Hall
Used with permission
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Anne Murray and Olivia Newton-John
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May 29, 2007, updated January 24, 2008 -
Anne Murray's Duets: Friends & Legends hit the US charts on January 21st, debuting at #42. She first hit the pop album chart in 1970 with Snowbird, which featured her top 10 single of the same name. Her highest-charting album was Let's Keep It That Way, in 1978, which reached #12 and included her #1 hit "You Needed Me." This album has been nominated for a Juno, the Canadian Grammy, for Album of the Year.
The highlight for any Lightfoot fan will probably be her duet recording of Lightfoot's Cotton Jenny with Olivia Newton-John.
The track was recorded at the Capitol Recording studio in Los Angeles, and was produced by Phil Ramone.
Both Anne Murray and Olivia Newton-John recorded a Lightfoot song early in their careers; Anne recorded Cotton Jenny and Olivia recorded If You Could Read My Mind, both released in 1971.
The other artists, all female voices that Anne admires, include Shania Twain, Martina McBride, Nelly Furtado, Isabelle Boulay, k.d. lang, Celtic Woman, Carole King, Olivia Newton-John, Emmylou Harris, Jann Arden, Shelby Lynn, Sarah Brightman, Celine Dion, Amy Grant, Indigo Girls, Dusty Springfield and Anne's daughter, Dawn Langstroth. The duet of "I Just Fall In Love Again" used Dusty Springfield's original 1979 recording; Dusty passed away in 1999.
Duets: Friends and Legends was released November 13th in Canada, and January 15th in the US. It is available from at Amazon.com, and my links above go there; Canadian residents may prefer to buy it from Amazon.ca using this link: Duets: Friends and Legends (from Canada).
December 8, 2006 -
Wintersong jumped into the Billboard top 10 this week, entering at #7, and it has also already been certified gold by the RIAA for U.S. sales in excess of 500,000 units. Needless-to-say, perhaps, it is #1 on Billboard's Top Holiday Albums Chart.
The album is unusual for its genre, combining recordings of traditional Christmas songs like What Child Is This, O Little Town Of Bethlehem, and Silent Night, covers of more secular but seasonal songs by contemporary songwriters like John Lennon (Happy Xmas (War Is Over)), Joni Mitchell (River) and Gordon Lightfoot (Song For A Winter's Night) and a new original, the title track, Wintersong. Other tracks are American holiday standards I'll Be Home For Christmas, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, and Christmas Time Is Here, and the album is completed by In the Bleak Mid Winter, and the medley The First Noel/Mary Mary.
Sarah clearly has a fondness for the Lightfoot song, having recorded it in the early 90s and released it on her somewhat obscure album, Rarities, B-sides, and Other Stuff. With only the winter theme, and sleigh bells in the Lightfoot version, the song has nevertheless become a modern Christmas standard - even though it was written during a summer thunderstorm in Cleveland! Sarah recorded it and has sung it in concert appearances for more than a decade.
Her first recording was featured on earlier holiday compilations and also on the soundtrack CD for the Miracle on 34th Street remake (although it did not appear in the movie, if I recall correctly). Now the song receives an even more more prominent placement as one of the highlights of Sarah's own holiday album (listen to clip or download MP3 at Amazon here).
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Complete Greatest Hits was released in 2002. It is the only single CD collection that includes recordings from throughout his career, from those released on United Artists in 1966 through one song, Restless, from his 1993 CD, Waiting For You. Each of these CDs, as well as
Gord's Gold, Vol. 2 - with new (1988) recordings of 14 songs plus 4 from earlier albums - contains an important part of the Lightfoot legacy.
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March 11,2014 — Sugar Hill Records has just released "Reflections", a new CD from Don Williams. Working again with longtime producer Garth Fundis, Don releases his second CD since his return from what turned out to be a brief "retirement". Known as country music's "Gentle Giant", the Country Music Hall of Fame member has released nearly 30 original albums, most recently the highly acclaimed "And So It Goes", in 2012.
It's a lovely collection of songs, about love, the working man, and family, all themes he has sung about in the past. The songwriters include Townes Van Zandt ("I'll Be Here In The Morning"), Merle Haggard ("Sing Me Back Home"), Jesse Wincheser ("If I Were Free"), and Steve GIllette & Rex Benson ("Healing Hands"), and every one of them is a master of his craft. WIth the songs in the hands of Don Williams, the result is an album that might be Don's best ever.
Don's style is a mixture of country and pop (he listened to both growing up), and appeals to a wide audience, He has been a strong presense on the airways and music charts for decades. He is one of many major recording artists to have recorded a Gordon Lightfoot song; the often covered "If You Could Read My Mind" was his choice. And, showing that his musical taste overlaps with mine, he has also previously recorded three songs written or co-written by Steve Gillette; "Back on the Street Again" by Steve alone, and two songs by Steve and Charles John Quarto: "(That Song About) The River" and "The Old Trail" (the latter as a duet with Kathy Mattea). And now, on Reflections, he has recorded a fourth song co-written by Steve, "Healing Hands".
I became aware of the latest CD project early last June, when Rex Benson, another frequent co-writer with Steve, tweeted that one of their songs, "Healing Hands", had been just been recorded by Don Williams. That meant that a new Williams CD was in the works, but there was as yet no certainty that the song would make the cut. "Healing Hands" had been written 21 years earlier, and released on Steve's album, "The Ways of The World" — an album that has already produced four songs that were recorded by major artists: the two Charles John Quarto co-writes that Don had previously recorded, plus "Bed of Roses", written with Rex Benson, and recorded most famously by Kenny Rogers, and "Grapes on the Vine", written with Charles John Quarto, and recorded by Waylon Jennings, Tony Rice and others.
Steve & Rex have collaborated before, on "Bed of Roses", mentioned above, "Glass Houses", recorded by Tammy Wynette (duet with Joe Diffie), and "Unto You This Night", which Garth Brooks put on his very popular Christmas album. Any song penned by Steve & Rex is likely to be notable, and "Healing Hands" is no exception.
Here is the track listing: (Amazon links)
I have listened to all the songs, in order, many times. This is a great CD - one I would probably not have discovered had I not been a Steve Gillette fan and friend. I enjoy hearing covers of his songs, just as I enjoy hearing covers of Lightfoot songs, and have always enjoyed good Country music, especially the traditional county sound that Don exemplifies.
I purchased this CD with my own money, and it was worth every penny.
Hard Four, Final Movie Role, Available on DVD and Instant Video
December, 2010 - Hard Four, Hamilton's final movie role, was finally released to DVD in July of 2010. It has a cast consisting of many very funny people, and it's a shame that the movie never made it to the theaters. But, thankfully, you can now buy the DVD and add Hamilton's final acting role to your collection. You can purchase the DVD from Amazon here, or downloaded the movie as an instant video here.
Here's To You Album - Finally Available on CD-R
In late 2010, I discovered that Hamilton Camp's 1967 album, Here's To You was about to be released on CD. Although it does contain a hit single - the title track - it did not seem to be a priority for CD or CD-R release, especially after several years of availability as a download, but it was a pleasant surprise. Unfortunately, the CD-R was withdrawn failry quickly, possibly because I complained about the artwork (which looked as if it had been photocopied by a 10-year old; I guess I should have said nothing). It does remain available as a download, and even seniors are slowly adopting that format.
Here's To You, the song, reached #76 on the pop singles chart in 1968. For those of us who discovered him as part of the Gibson & Camp duo, it hard to believe that the "folkie" Camp is the one singing it! But, moving with the times, he adapted his style to produce a very "pop" sounding single. NB: This is not folk music, but 60s pop!
Hamilton was accompanied and assisted on this album by all stars like Jerry Scheff, Van Dyke Parks, Hal Blaine, Earl Palmer, Bud Shank and producer Felix Pappalardi. Read more at the Hamilton Camp site: Here's To You album page. Listen to clips and buy the MP3 album at Amazon (see link below).
Hamilton Camp Dies at 70
October, 2005 - I am extremely sad to report that Hamilton Camp died suddenly on October 2. I had only known him for 20 months, but I am proud to say that he was a good friend, and I am shattered by his death as are his family and his fans and friends from around the world.
An accomplished character actor who was sought after by directors because of his reputation of being able to make a role, he appeared in numerous films, stage productions (including Broadway), television, and as a voice actor on animated films and video games. Some of his most notable TV roles were on the short lived He and She, in 1967, and in popular TV series including Mary Tyler Moore, Mash, Too Close for Comfort, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.
Although his primary career was as an actor - a choice he made because it wouldn't require constant travel away from his family - he also pursued a music career and wove it in and out of his life for 5 decades. He is best known as a member of the Gibson & Camp duo, whose 1961 album Live At The Gate Of Horn was acclaimed as one of the most influentual folk recordings of its time. He and Bob Gibson reunited periodically for more than 35 years, until Gibson's death in 1996, performing at special reunion shows and releasing two other albums together. It was Gibson's daugher, Meridian Green, who was thoughtful enough to think to call me as soon as she heard that Hamilton had died.
Hamilton also released four solo albums, and one album with a group of friends known as the Skymonters. He had a minor hit in 1968 with Here's To You, which reached #76 on the top 100 chart, and his folk classic Pride Of Man (Buy MP3) was recorded by Quicksilver Messenger Service, which had a hit with it, and by Gordon Lightfoot and Tony Rice.
Just days before his death, he completed the artwork for his last CD. It has many new original songs, a new recording of Pride Of Man, and several covers including Dylan's Ring Them Bells (which Lightfoot also recorded). You know what they say about great minds! Camp's new original song, Long Train, is stunning, as is his musical interpretation of Yeats and Byron poetry (Celts/Go No More A Rovin'). Click on "More info", under the cover image, to hear clips and see the entire track listing.
Sweet Joy is available at his web site, along with several earlier CDs, both solo and with Bob Gibson. If you are interested in learning more about him, or wish to buy one of his CDs, please visit his web site here: Hamilton Camp Official Web Site.
I can't begin to say how much I will miss him. I looked forward to our frequent online chats. He was warm, compassionate, funny, clever ... I can't think of enough adjectives. He loved the sounds on Yahoo Messenger, and often had me in stitches when he inserted one into an otherwise serious discussion. He was passionate about everything he did, not only his dual professions, but also special projects that he took on including being the Treasurer (!) for a health relief non-profit that was caring for Tsunami victims. What was amazing was not that he was doing his part to help others, but that this talented musician and actor learned Quickbooks so he could do a job that had to be done. Somehow, I don't think accounting was one of his favorite things, nor something for which he had a special gift, but he did what was necessary to help out a worthy cause.
I feel very privileged to have known him, and can be slightly comforted by the fact that he was doing what he enjoyed every day, and had the satisfaction of seeing his CD project to completion and just as he wanted it. And I have the satisfaction of knowing that late in the recording process, when he was discouraged about one of the songs because he couldn't get it the way he wanted it, I urged him to try again. He did, and this song is on the CD.
I will miss him terribly.
Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen
As I always like to say, Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen are not Gordon Lightfoot, but I really think you would enjoy them as much as I do. I have found that most Lightfoot fans share the same tastes in music, so I am sharing one of my favorites with you.
I can not say enough about how excellent the pair are as a duo, while their individual talents stand on their own. Steve is well known as a songwriter, whose songs have been recorded by artists like John Denver, Garth Brooks, Nanci Griffith, Ian & Sylvia, Waylon Jennings, The Kingston Trio, Anne Murray, Linda Ronstadt, Kenny Rogers, Tammy Wynette, Josh Ritter and others. You will recognize many of the songs when Steve sings them; he is a wonderful guitar player with a unique style, and a superb vocalist as well. Some of his best known songs are Darcy Farrow, Bed of Roses, Glass Houses, (That Song About) The River, and Back on the Street Again. Gordon Lightfoot performed Darcy Farrow on stage in the 1960s, but never recorded it (too bad!). If you click the play button in the image above, you'll see Steve & Cindy perform Bed of Roses, or click the following link to see them perform my favorite, Darcy Farrow. Bed of Roses is another of Steve's wonderful songs, a beautiful love song, recorded by Kenny Rogers.
Cindy is a wonderful vocalist, who performs both her own songs and traditional songs, and accompanies herself on guitar, banjo, concertina, or mountain dulcimer. Her harmonies on Steve's songs are beautiful. Here's a clip of Cindy performing a stirring renditioin of the Child Ballad, The Two Sisters.
Their web site is at compassrosemusic.com; listen to clips from Cindy's latest CD here (cat lovers take note!), and their latest duo CD, Berrymania, here. Also, listen to clips from their live CD, Live In Concert, which includes their beautiful renditions of many of Steve's most well known songs, including both Darcy Farrow and Bed of Roses.
Live In Concert also contains many of the other songs Steve wrote which were hits for major recording artists; songs like "Grapes on the Vine", "Glass Houses", "The Old Trail", "(That Song About) The River", and "Crying Don't Even Come Close", as well as Cindy performing a number of beautiful traditional songs.
Finally, for the songwriters out there, Steve wrote a book on songwriting, called "Songwriting and the Creative Process". It includes detailed chapters on music theory, melody, harmony, rhythm, song critique, poetic principles, alliteration, titles, hooks, collaboration, creativity, writer's block, left brain and right brain, social issues, publishing, and surviving in the music industry - pretty much everything you need to know, from one of the most talented songwriters out there. Also included are articles and interviews with Graham Nash, Tom Paxton, Len Chandler, Fred Koller, Butch Hancock, Mary McCaslin, Michael Smith, Lou & Peter Berryman, Bob Franke, Nancy White and many others. The book is available from Steve's website "Songwriting and the Creative Process". And, to get you started, Steve has posted excerpts from the book on his website here: Songwriting Tutorial.
Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen
New Duet Album Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen: Berrymania
12/2013 - Steve & Cindy just released another new duet album, Berrymania, This CD is a tribute to their friends and fellow musicians, Lou and Peter Berryman, and includes 14 of Steve & Cindy's favorite Berryman songs. The Berrymans - once married, but still going strong as a musical duo - write clever and funny songs, and Steve & Cindy have recorded stunning versions. The CD is available in their online store here: Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen, Berrymania.
Clips are available here.
Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen
2012 Duet Album Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen: Home by Dark
Last updated 7/15/2012 - Steve & Cindy released a stunning new duet album, Home by Dark, in early 2012. Their Caffè Lena gig in Saratoga Springs on January 7th was their CD Release Concert, and the room was sold out. Like their earlier duet albums, and their live concerts, the new CD is a mixture of original songs, covers of artists they admire, and traditional tunes. As always, the musicianship is top notch, the tunes catchy, and the lyrics clever. I played the CD almost continuously on my eastbound and westbound trips between Denver and Saratoga Springs, and have fallen in love with it. The title song, Home By Dark, as well as Holy Smoke, California Zephyr, Seal Harbor (be prepared to cry), and Two Sisters are my early favorites. The CD is available in their online store here: Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen, Home By Dark.
Clips are available here.
In 2010, in a departure from his pure folk and country roots, but much in keeping with his encyclopedic knowledge of music, Steve released The Man, a CD complete with narrative and music, telling the story of the fictional Danny Morrow and drawing from roots jazz, folk, and blues.
Most of the songs are from the 1930s, perfect for Steve's story, which mixes fictional characters with real people, while artfully taking the listener back to those times. Added to the old classics are two new Steve Gillette originals, which fit seamlessly. The CD was inspired by his father's stride piano playing, which is heard on many cuts; the same musical influence that helped inspire the way he, Steve, plays guitar.
Watch Steve & Cindy perform Harburg & Gorney's, "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" live in concert, in the video just below. "Brother," is one of the songs on the CD.
Being There: 2006 Duet CD by Steve & Cindy
Steve & Cindy released their previous duet CD, Being There (Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen), in early 2006. It is a truly wonderful CD, and I don't say that lightly.
Being There includes new originals, some traditional tunes, and a number of covers of other artists they admire. Just like their concerts, the CD displays their many talents, both in original music and lyrics, and in new interpretations of songs of others. Steve and Cindy's vocals and musicianship don't disappoint and the new originals are gems.
The first cut, and one of my favorite Steve songs, is "Hurricane," about the terrible hurricane of 1935 that took nearly two thousand lives, and destroyed the railroad once described as the "eighth wonder of the world." For those of you who, like me, like story songs or train songs, here is one that ranks up there with the very best.
Cat Tales CD: A Great Gift Idea for Cat Lovers
Late in 2005, Cindy released her most recent solo CD called Cat Tales, all about one of my favorite subjects: cats! This is a CD made up entirely of cat songs! Cindy's creativity and wit, combined with outstanding musicianship, will make this CD a sure hit - and maybe a clever gift for a cat lover friend or relative. My favorite song in the CD is one of Cindy's originals: Rudy's Big Adventure, a true story - with a happy ending - about a cat that gets his head caught in a garbage disposal. Click here to listen to a RealMedia clip. There are clips of most of the other songs on the CD on the Cat Tales web page, so take a look and a listen to a great cat lovers gift.
You can visit their web site at compassrosemusic.com to learn more about them. Steve and Cindy also recorded a CD with Anne Hills and Michael Smith, as the group Fourtold, and Cindy has recorded as a member of the trio Herdsman, Hills & Mangsen.
The Brothers Four were pioneers of the "folk revival"; of the few groups from those times still performing today, they remain one of the best known and most popular. Their all-acoustic presentation consists of guitars, banjo, mandolin, upright bass, and of course the trademark rich blend of their four voices. Visit their new online store here: The Brothers Four. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to run their online store for them.
Check out their latest release (pictured above): The Brothers Four - Renewal. Previously, they released a CD in the Spring of 2014: "The Beautiful World of The Brothers Four", a 19 track disc including two medleys. As a follow-up to their stellar 2010 release, "Golden Anniversary", which has 20 tracks (and 3 medleys), it is amazing to note that there are only a few songs that appear on both collections, yet all are well loved songs from their huge performing catalogue. Both CDs can be purchased from their online store here: The Brothers Four CDs (Store). Visit the store for the full track listings, and to listen to clips; there are clips of all the songs on "Golden Anniversary" now; I'll make clips for other CDs as soon as I can.
Finally, if you are looking for a Lightfoot song, you will find one on two of the CDs in the store; "Early Morning Rain" appears on both the rare, "Silver Anniversary Concert", and also on "The Tokyo Tapes" (a two CD set). Here's a clip from the latter CD: Early Morning Rain.
Their web site is at The Brothers Four.
The smooth musical sounds of The Brothers Four have delighted millions for five exciting decades. The Brothers Four have played thousands of college concerts, serenaded four U.S. presidents at the White House, appeared at countless Community Concerts, performed with symphony orchestras and jazz stars and entertained in dozens of foreign countries. Internationally acclaimed, they are truly "America's Musical Ambassadors to the World."
Musical million-sellers for The Brothers Four include such releases as "Greenfields," "Yellow Bird," "Try to Remember," and "Across the Wide Missouri." Their hit recording of "The Green Leaves of Summer" from the motion picture "The Alamo" was nominated for an Academy Award and they performed the song at the awards presentation for the global network telecast.
The full-time lineup of The Brothers Four, as solid as ever, now includes; Mike McCoy, a veteran folk performer & singer/songwriter who has performed with The Brothers Four on special recording projects and occasional stage presentations since the late 1960’s; Karl Olsen, a Washington native, folk performer, choral director, writer and arranger, who is the latest addition to the group, blending his sparkling vocal and guitar skills smoothly into the sound of The Brothers Four; Washington State's Mark Pearson, guitarist, banjo player extraordinaire & singer/songwriter who has been a strong and consistent part of the group's signature sound since he originally joined in the late 1960's; and Founding Member and Seattle native, Bob Flick, bass player, group leader & singer/songwriter.
Michael Jerling Latest Studio CD
March 27, 2019 - "Family Recipe" (2018) is Michael Jerling's tenth album, a collection of twelve new original songs. Included are a country ballad, "In Lieu Of Flowers," a poignant look at family with the folky "Family Recipe," a bit of fingerpicking whimsy (and a whole lot of humor) with "That's Why Republicans Hate Trains," and a waltz-time look at European café society between the wars in with "When Words Still Mattered."
Ably assisted by many talented musicians including Peter Ostroushko (mandolin), Tony Markellis (bass), Teresina Huxtable (reed organ, accordion, vocals), Tom Wieseler (keyboards), Danny Whelchel (drums and percussion), Kevin Maul (pedal steel & dobro), Nick Piccininni (fiddle), Orion Kribs (mandolin), John Kribs (electric guitar) and Don Armstrong, Liz Hood and Carol Christensen (harmonies). Greg Montgomery and Paula Rosenberg handled the album graphics.
This album is available on CD, and digitally as both hi-res MP3s and lossless FLACs. See more at my Michael's Fool's Hill Music online store.
Michael Jerling 2014 Studio Studio CD
June, 2014 - Saratoga Springs singer/songwriter Michael Jerling released a new album of original songs, Halfway Home in late December 2013. It is his seventh CD, and his first album of all original songs since 2007's Crooken Path. Michael is a wonderful songwriter and talented musician, and a good friend, and I urge you to check out this excellent new album. There are clips at his web site, and you can buy this CD, or any of his other recent CDs at his online store at Fool's Hill Music, where he sells his own music and that of other singer/songwriter friends. And, starting with this album, FHM now sells downloads as well! Check it out here.
Michael Jerling Live Album
September, 2009, updated 1/10 - Saratoga Springs singer/songwriter Michael Jerling has released his first live CD, Music Here Tonight. It is his sixth CD, but his very first live album. Michael is a wonderful songwriter, talented musician, and consistent live performer, so the music is both polished and representative of his live shows. This is a CD you should check out. There are clips at his web site, and the one new song (the title track) is streamed in full in the Listening Room.
2007 Studio Album, "Crooked Path"
September, 2007, updated 1/10 - Saratoga Springs singer/songwriter Michael Jerling's Latest Studio CD, Crooked Path, in September, 2007. It is his fifth CD, and like his others is full of beautiful music and creative lyrics. One of the songs on this CD, Why They Run The Race, is about racing at Saratoga - a subject dear to my heart!
Fool's Hill Music store
Michael Jerling has a growing collection of albums in his Fool's Hill Music online store. His store showcases a fine group of acoustic artists, mostly from upstate New York, with a few from the midwest and elsewhere in the US. In many cases, Michael acted as the producer for the CDs; in all cases, the music is excellent. For more, check the online store at foolshillmusic.com.
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Chad Mitchell Trio: New Online Store
I am happy to announce that I recently took over operation of the online store at the Chad Mitchell Trio website. In additioin to the items previously for sale, I have added three classic Chad Mitchell Trio CDs from Folk Era: Mighty Day on Campus, At the Bitter End and Blowin' in the Wind.Their newest items are the CD and DVD multi-disk sets from the 2014 Farewell Concert sponsored by the Washington DC based World Folk Music Association. They are the first two items in the store.
I feel privileged to host the website and operate the store for The Chad Mitchell Trio.
WMFA — 2014 Chad Mitchell Trio Farewell Concert Video DVD
July 6, 2015, updated February 8, 2016 -
Since 1983 the World Folk Music Association (WFMA) has been dedicated to promoting contemporary and traditional folk music, and spreading the word to fans and folk artists — keeping everyone in the folk community involved and informed.
The idea for WFMA began as a simple conversation between Dick Cerri, host of the popular and long running radio show, Music Americana, and singer/songwriter, Tom Paxton. Both Paxton and Cerri agreed that there was a strong need to keep the people who loved folk music "in tune" with the folk scene.
That was in 1982. Today the Washington, DC based WFMA is a non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to help folk artists and their fans keep the light of folk music burning brightly.
WFMA pulls together local and national artists for concerts and other special events that would not otherwise be availabe to folk fans, in a way that supports the intimate nature of the folk tradition.
In November, 2014, the World Folk Music Association hosted a special Chad Mitchell Trio Farewell Concert. It was the last land-based concert for the Trio, with a cruise scheduled in 2015. To celebrate the event and the Trio's career, WFMA and the CMT have released a 2 DVD set of the concert, with a full disc of the Trio's performance, as well as the first set of the show with the Gaslight Singers, Side by Side and Tom Paxton. Folk music fans will want to get their hands on this wonderful video!
Now, in February, 2016, WFMA and the CMT have released a 2 CD set, which includes most of the concert in its audio splendor.
WFMA's Catalogue of Folk CDs and DVDs
Among their recordings are a compilation CD and DVD (two separate items) of their 20st Annual Concert weekend, recorded live at the Birchmere on January 14 & 15, 2005. Both feature performances by many of the great names of American folk music including: Oscar Brand, Buskin & Batteau, The Brothers Four, Hamilton Camp, Bill Danoff, Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen, Carolyn Hester & David Bloom, The Highwaymen, Christine Lavin, The Limeliters, Tommy Makem, David Mallett, The Chad Mitchell Trio, Modern Man, Tom Paxton and Schooner Fare. The Hamilton Camp track is a cover of Jimmy Webb's The Highwayman, and is probably the last live recording that he made before his untimely death later that year. Tommy Makem passed away in 2007.
If you are interested in live folk recordings not available elsewhere, you should take a look at what they have. Their web site is at wfma.net.
Peter, Paul and Mary CD: The Prague Sessions
March 7, 2009 - Peter Paul & Mary With Symphony Orchestra: The Prague Sessions is the result of a project envisioned by the band prior to Mary's death in September, 2009. Peter & Paul have recorded new orchestral arrangements of their songs, which were then combined with recent/archival live vocals. The results are exquisite, and a wonderful tribute to Mary. The CD will be released on Tuesday, March 9th, and can be pre-ordered today.
The album is dedicated to Mary; each song was recorded at a different concert over the last 20 years. The final song, an instrumental, is one that Mary had requested be played at her memorial.
Mary Travers Passes Away at 72
September 17, 2009 - Another folk voice has been stilled, that of Mary Travers, who passed away Wednesday, 9/16, following a long battle with leukemia and the effects of treatment.
As a member of the renowned trio Peter, Paul and Mary, she helped energize the folk voice.
The trio were one of the top acts of the 1960s and early 1970s, and had hits with their own songs and with those of Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, John Denver and others. The music of today would not be the same without the influence of this trio.
Peter, Paul and Mary were among the first to record Lightfoot's songs; their covers of Early Mornin' Rain and For Lovin' Me were hits in the US, and helped introduce Lightfoot to US fans. One of his early gigs was an opener for Peter, Paul and Mary at the Hollywood Bowl in August, 1969.
I never had the privilege of meeting Mary, but I did meet Noel (Paul) in January, 2005. His humility speaks for all three of them. Mary will be missed.
Visit the Peter, Paul and Mary web site for more about Mary, and about the trio.
Bob Gibson, Hamilton Camp, Gibson & Camp
March, 2017 -
Yes I See was Bob Gibson's second album for Elektra, released in 1961. In this album, he returns to his traditional roots, following his more pop flavored first album, "Ski Songs." Sadly, both albums — released on CD by Collector's Choice in 2008 — are now out of print, but I was able to snatch up some of these and can offer them to you now. In addition to some popular traditional tunes, Bob teamed up on the songwriting with his performing partner Hamilton Camp (then known as Bob Camp) for three of the songs.
Click on the cover image or album title to see the track listing, or to purchase it.
December, 2015 -
I just received copies of a 2 CD concert by Bob Gibson at Cornell University in 1957, called "Bob Gibson - Live at Cornell". There is also a bonus CD of an informal after-concert "song exchange" with Bob and several members of the Cornell Folk Music Club.
This CD is being sold by Alan Shaw of Rediscover Music/Folk Era/Wind River.
March 2008 -
Lightfoot connection: As many of you may know, Bob Gibson and the 1961 ground breaking album, Gibson & Camp At The Gate Of Horn, strongly influenced a generation of folk musicians not the least of whom were Gordon Lightfoot and Roger McGuinn. Both of these artists frequently talk about Gibson's influence on them. In an interview in February, about his upcoming concert in Chattanooga, TN, Lightfoot talked about Gibson at some length. You can actually listen to Lightfoot's comments in an audio clip in the article: Chattanooga Times articles (listen to the first of two clips).
You will hear Lightfoot talk about how Civil War Trilogy influenced the song structure of his own epic, Canadian Railroad Trilogy. (In fact, the 3 parts of Civil War Trilogy were actually written by different songwriters: Camp and Shel Silverstein, Irving Gordon, and Gibson respectively). Civil War Trilogy is one of the songs on Gibson & Camp At The Gate of Horn, and on Gibson & Camp At The Gate of Horn Revisited; "Revisited" contains Gibson & Camp's version of Lightfoot's "For Lovin' Me".
Lightfoot has also credited Bob Gibson as a key influence of his own 12-string playing style, and he recorded Hamilton Camp's folk classic Pride Of Man on his first UA album, Lightfoot!
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June 13, 2007; updated July, 2008, July 4, 2012 and June 1, 2017 - Clay Eals, a Seattle writer and journalist, has written a thorough, thoughtful and insightful biography of singer/songwriter Steve Goodman, who died at only 36 from leukemia, a disease he battled throughout his entire recording career.
The book got its fourth printing early in 2017; this printing includes more than 130 new updates, fixes, footnotes and photos, all in the same 800 pages.
Goodman, best known for his signature song "City of New Orleans", as well as "You Never Even Call Me by My Name," "Banana Republics," "A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request", and "Go, Cubs, Go", now played after every Cubs home win, came out of the Chicago folk scene (as did Gibson & Camp and Roger McGuinn, among others). At last there is a book that recognizes his important musical contributions.
The book, a labor of love over many years, is a massive 800 pages (over 4 lbs in weight!), and includes more than 600 photos, and a MP3 album download of tribute songs and interview clips. If you purchase the book from the author's site, you will get the tribute album on CD-R. The book has been very well received, and was recognized with an IPPY Silver medal.
The book features interviews with more than 1,050 sources, including Gordon Lightfoot, Arlo Guthrie (who wrote the Foreward), John Prine, Steve Martin, Jimmy Buffett, Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Randy Newman, Paul Anka, David Allan Coe, Judy Collins, Tom Paxton, Pete Seeger, John Sebastian, Leo Kottke, and Goodman's high-school classmate Hillary Rodham Clinton. Lightfoot's recollections and the influence of his "train song" on Goodman's make interesting reading for Lightfoot fans.
The years have rolled on, and playoff status eluded the Cubs until the Fall of 2016, when the they won the National League Championship Series to advance to the 2016 World Series, and then won the ultimate prize, the World Series itself. Happily, many who are getting to know Goodman for the first time via his visceral love for baseball are discovering that he is the same guy who wrote the nearly mythical "City of New Orleans" and many other affecting romantic, hilarious and socially acerbic tunes.
To learn more about the book, visit Clay's web site at clayeals.com.
December, 2006 - Cathy Cowette: Songs For A Winter's Night: My best friend, Cathy Cowette, a very talented singer/guitar player, has just released her first CD. Of 13 tracks, six are Lightfoot songs: Song For A Winter's Night, Redwood Hill, If You Could Read My Mind, Home From The Forest, Ribbon of Darkness and Heaven Help The Devil. The others songs are by Jim Croce (These Dreams), Kate Wolf (Across The Great Divide), Eric Clapton (Tears In Heaven), Steve Goodman (City Of New Orleans), Dan Fogelberg (Leader Of The Band), and Davie Graham (Anji), plus there is one original instrumental called ... Toronto In May. That was written for the May, 2001 Lightfoot concert series, Cathy's first time there and my second.
Many of you are already familiar with Cathy's music; if you are not, please listen to the clips on her web site at cathycowette.com. I think you will like what you hear.
The CD was recorded at Grant Avenue Studios, in Hamilton, ON, by Bob Doidge and Amy King. There is a nice mixture of fingerpicking and strumming, and wonderful arrangements by the very talented Mr. Doidge, who also did the arrangements for two of the songs on Lightfoot's 2004 CD (and the recording of the entire album). Bob plays high-string guitar, bass, accordian, drums ... and sleigh bells ...
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