Cry Cry Cry
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Only release, Cry Cry Cry (1998)
Four Bitchin' Babes, On a Winter's Night. (Sherlyn.Koo)
A mix of covers and their own material.
Cry Cry Cry is a trio made up of three of the most respected names in contemporary folk music—Dar Williams, Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell. Williams and Shindell should need little introduction to anyone who's been following folk lately—their songwriting skills are rapidly becoming legendary, and both have been covered by and spent time opening for Joan Baez in the last couple of years. Kaplansky may be a little less well-known outside folk circles but is no less talented, being a fine songwriter in her own right and also one of the best harmonising singers currently around. In a move that might seem strange to those who aren't familiar with the collaborative ways of folk music, these three artists have come together to record an album of covers—some by well-known artists such as R.E.M., others by lesser-known folkies such as Leslie Smith. At a time when mainstream artists at Williams' or Shindell's level of success might be looking for ways to advance their solo careers, this truly collaborative effort is a refreshing demonstration of the spirit of folk music. (Sherlyn.Koo)
Comments about live performance:
Cry Cry Cry sounded great, and performed every song from the album except one of my faves, their cover of The Nields' "I Know What Kind of Love This Is." (sigh). It was a great show. Lots of witty banter from and between the principals. Highly recommended. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Recommended first album:
Cry Cry Cry (1998)
1998—Razor & Tie—7930182840-2
Available in the U.S.
Jay Bellerose—drums, percussion
Darleen Wilson with Alan Williams
Dar Williams writes in the liner notes of this album, "I had a vision of an album that would cover the back roads of the United States and Canada...Richard said, 'Why don't we just do an album of songs we love?'" And here it is. This album is a good snapshot of the state of current folk music, with selections such as the a cappella version of Leslie Smith's "Northern Cross" and the cover of Cliff Eberhardt's "Memphis". The harmonies, of course, are sublime. Standout tracks include the powerful "Cold Missouri Waters", a song about the first fireman to survive a forest fire by scorching a circle around himself; Williams and Kaplansky harmonising on The Nields' "I Know What Kind of Love This Is"; and the gentle version of Buddy Mondlock's "The Kid". But for me, the album would have been worth the price of admission for the final track alone, a version of Shindell's song "The Ballad of Mary Magdalen" (the only song on the album actually written by one of the collaborators), with Williams on lead vocal and Kaplansky and Shindell harmonising. Life doesn't get much better than this. Highly recommended. (Sherlyn.Koo)
Thanks to Sherlyn Koo for work on this entry.
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