Celebrated mandolinist and singer Joe K. Walsh releases his third solo record, a rootsy offering reflecting a wide eyed open approach to playing and writing music loosely in the bluegrass tradition, joined by some of the finest players of the modern folk world.
released September 16, 2016
Joe K. Walsh – mandolin, vocals, mandola (tracks 5 and 11)
Courtney Hartman – guitar and vocals (tracks 1 and 8)
Karl Doty – bass
Brittany Haas – fiddle and vocals (tracks 2 and 10)
Gabe Hirshfeld – banjo (tracks 2 and 3)
Bruce Molsky – fiddle (tracks 4 and 9), guitar (tracks 6 and 7), banjo (track 11) and vocals (tracks 6 and 8)
01_Red Skies (Walsh/Moore, Skinny Elephant Music, BMI/ Luminous Bloom Music, ASCAP) – Written with my friend, the great Chris Moore. May we keep up the good work when the people we’ve learned it from are no longer around.
02_Never More Will Roam (Walsh, Skinny Elephant Music, BMI) – Inspired by S. A. Andree, a man who laid it all on the line for an improbable vision: floating to the North Pole in a balloon.
03_Cumberland Gap (trad) – with my apologies to the old time police.
04_Pine Tree Waltz (Walsh/Moore/Mailander, Skinny Elephant Music, BMI/ Luminous Bloom Music, ASCAP/Hoping Machine Music, BMI) – For my adopted home: Maine, the Pine Tree State.
05_The Berry's Walk Out (Walsh, Skinny Elephant Music, BMI) – A celebratory processional tune, dedicated to my little sister and her husband on their wedding day.
06_Innisfree (Walsh/Yeats, Skinny Elephant Music, BMI) –Yeats’ verse about getting away from it all, reimagined here as a song. How about Bruce’s singing and guitar playing on this one?!?
07_The Bee-Loud Glade (Walsh/Haas, Skinny Elephant Music, BMI/Yellow Baboon Music, ASCAP) – Inspired by a shape note song, Britt and I carved this one out a while back. Karl led the way with the beautiful reharmonizations that brought this to life.
08_There But For Fortune (Ochs) – Hopefully songs encouraging empathy will one day be unneeded. Until then…
09_Pogo Big (Walsh, Skinny Elephant Music, BMI) – My brother Micah lays out the options, this being one of them. The other option: Pogo Home. Here’s to him, pogoing his way through the NYC comedy scene.
10_The Stream (Walsh/Timrod, Skinny Elephant Music, BMI) – adapted from Henry Timrod’s beautiful, sad poem “the Stream is Flowing From the West”.
11_Closer (Walsh/Hartman, Skinny Elephant Music, BMI/Fearless Hum Publishing BMI) – Sometimes the right notes show up at just the right time. This tune fell into our hands the night before we started tracking this record, and Courtney sent it off in the direction it needed to go in. I always dig a peaceful send-off.
Produced by Bruce Molsky
Engineered and mixed at Dimension Sound Studios, Jamaica Plain, MA, by Dan Cardinal, with assistance from Ariel Bernstein
Mastering by Dave Glasser at Airshow Mastering, Boulder, CO
Photography by Matt Cosby
Graphics and design by Mariel Vandersteel
Joe plays a Gilchrist Model 3 mandolin, a Smart mandola, and uses D’Addario strings on all of his instruments.
Thanks to Dan and Ariel for always making the making of a record a good time, and for making it sound so damn good. I wouldn’t be the musician I am without the luck of playing with and learning from Darol Anger, Grant Gordy, and Ethan Jodziewicz, the wild heart-bending explorers of the string band world who, with yours truly, make up the omnivorous band Mr Sun. This music owes a huge debt to them. Courtney, Brittany, Karl, Gabe: you are all so heavily inspiring and generous. Getting to make music with you guys from time to time is one way I know I’m a very lucky guy. Thanks for all you gave and brought to this record. Bruce is one of the busiest guys I know. That he carved out space in his life, mind, and schedule for this music will always be something I’m very grateful for. Thanks for making this record what it is, Bruce!
My parents are dedicated to making the world a better place, and they work towards that end every day. They set the standard to which I aspire. This record is dedicated to them.