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The folk circuit is full of artists who specialize in folk-rock or folk-pop and use electric instruments extensively, but veteran folk singer/guitarist Mary Flower has been much more old-time in her approach. Flower gets a great deal of inspiration from pre-rock recordings of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, and that outlook serves her consistently well on the acoustic-oriented Bridges. Not all of Flower's admirers are quick to describe her as a folk artist; some of them have called her a blues singer -- and, without question, the blues (including pre-rock Mississippi Delta country blues and female classic blues) are a major influence on this 2008 recording, which is probably best described as folk with blues, jazz, country, and gospel influences. Bridges is pleasingly diverse, ranging from expressive performances of Bessie Smith's "Backwater Blues," Emmett Miller's "The Ghost of the St. Louis Blues," and Big Bill Broonzy's "Big Bill Blues" to a memorable version of Hoagy Carmichael's "Up a Lazy River." Flower shows her appreciation of gospel (both African-American gospel and white country gospel) on "When I Get Home I'm Gonna Be Satisfied," but secular material dominates this 50-minute CD -- and even though Flower sings more often than not, she excels as an acoustic guitar-playing instrumentalist on "Slow Lane to Glory," "Daughter of Contortion," "Columbia River Rag," and "Blue Waltz" (all of which are folk offerings that she wrote herself). Through it all, Flower maintains a rootsy, earthy, down-home perspective; Bridges celebrates a variety of American roots music, and it does so with delightful results.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/10/2009
Label: Yellow Dog Records
UPC: 0823800164228
catalogNumber: 21642
Rank: 138963


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mary Flower   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Tony Furtado   Banjo,Bottleneck Guitar,Guest Appearance
Duffy Bishop   Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance
Reggie Houston   Soprano Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Tim O'Brien   Fiddle,Mandolin,Guest Appearance
Janice Scroggins   Piano,Guest Appearance
Rebecca Kilgore   Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance
Courtney Von Drehle   Accordion,Guest Appearance
Matt Johnson   Drums,Guest Appearance
Spud Siegel   Mandolin,Guest Appearance
Robin Kessinger   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Mark Vehrencamp   Tuba,Guest Appearance
Mac Potts   Piano,Guest Appearance
Doug Bundy   Clarinet,Guest Appearance
Jesse Withers   Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Big Bill Broonzy   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Joe Henderson   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Mary Flower   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Sidney Arodin   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Earl Miller   Composer
B. Smith   Composer
Terry Currier   Liner Notes
Fisher   Composer
Gary Houston   Graphic Design,Illustrations
Jordan Leff   Engineer
R. Emmerich   Composer
N. Conescu   Composer
M. Flower   Composer
L. Browning   Composer
L. Aschman   Composer
H. Lodge   Composer
B. Hueston   Composer
Brown   Composer
E. Ball   Composer

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