We Will Be Together

We Will Be Together

by David MassengillDavid Massengill

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Overview

We Will Be Together is David Massengill's first album in four years and only his fifth album overall in a career over 30 years long as of the 2000s. At least, that's true if you only count the albums issued by regular record companies; anyone who attends a Massengill concert finds he has available for sale an array of self-produced CD-Rs as well. Nevertheless, he acts as if this is his first recording opportunity in a while and wants to make maximum use of it. The album contains 19 tracks and runs over 76 minutes. For its contents, he remarks in the liner notes, he has assembled a sort of advance compilation of highlights from as-yet unrecorded future projects, to wit: "1. A musical tribute to Dave Van Ronk. 2. Songs revisiting my hometown of Bristol, TN-VA. 3. A bouquet of valentine/lullaby/love songs. 4. An all-singing, all-dancing pop musical of Jack and the Beanstalk. 5. An adventure saga of the heroine child Morgana in Fairyland. 6. A sequel of Morgana's exploits in Pirateville. 7. A collection of postmodern protest songs." There are songs on the album answering to all of these descriptions, which would seem to suggest a disparate collection. But, in fact, there is a theme running through the album, and that is heroism. On the album cover, Massengill presents a collage of photographs à la Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, people lined up in rows before an image of MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village (recently given the added moniker "Dave Van Ronk Street," in tribute to the late folksinger). A few faces are recognizable to anyone -- Mark Twain, George McGovern, Van Ronk himself -- but many are people important in Massengill's personal universe, doubtless including members of his family and friends. Similarly, the album pays tribute to his heroes, starting with Van Ronk, who is evoked in both original songs ("Talking Dave Van Ronk Blues," "Dave Van Ronk's Last Cigar") and in covers of songs associated with him ("Tell Old Bill," "Somebody Else Not Me"). Massengill doesn't really sound like Van Ronk, naturally, though he can do a mean imitation of the gruff-voiced folk-blues singer. What matter is that Van Ronk is part of his pantheon of independent misfits, along with Jack of beanstalk fame, a football coach ("Killer Keller's Last Stand"), and a school bus driver ("Penley at the Wheel"). Massengill tells their stories with his typically inventive sense of wordplay, accompanying himself on simple, familiar guitar or mountain dulcimer riffs. And there's also a villain. "The Gambler-in-Chief i"s clearly a lambasting of President George W. Bush, though he isn't mentioned by name. We Will Be Together really is a sampler of future projects for Massengill, and it whets the appetite for the full-length versions.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/18/2006
Label: Gadfly
UPC: 0076605229320
catalogNumber: 293
Rank: 155231

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Massengill   Primary Artist,Dulcimer,Guitar,Vocals
Dave Van Ronk   Guitar
Mark Dann   Bass,Mandolin,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar
Seth Farber   Piano
Steve Holley   Drums
Maggie Roche   Vocals
Sarah Dann   Violin
Lisi Tribble   Vocals

Technical Credits

David Massengill   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Adaptation,Audio Production,Drawing
Dave Van Ronk   Composer
Mark Dann   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Bud Phillips   Story
David LaMotte   Cover Photo
Gabrielle Gewirtz   Graphic Design
Traditional   Composer

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