What Will We Do

What Will We Do

by Lula WilesLula Wiles


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If there's a latent hesitancy in the title of What Will We Do, Lula Wiles' debut for Smithsonian Folkways, there's nothing tentative about the trio on this 2019 album. Isa Burke, Eleanor Buckland, and Mali Obomsawin project a confidence throughout What Will We Do, an attitude reflected in the casual swagger of their string band as well as their flinty tales of living in the murk of modern America. Sometimes, their songs are pointedly barbed, as on the skewering of anti-Native American prejudice on "Good Old American Values," sometimes the tunes are wildly funny, as on the rollicking "Nashville Man" where the narrator cops to her own naivete. What ties these two extremes togethers is how the trio sings with a deadpan clarity while playing with vigor: a combination that makes their tunes cut deep and the album resonate long after it's stopped spinning.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/2019
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
UPC: 0093074023327
catalogNumber: 740233
Rank: 34168

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lula Wiles   Primary Artist
Dan Cardinal   Mellotron,Moog Bass
Sean Trischka   Drums
Isa Burke   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Fiddle,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Trash Cans,Vocal Harmony
Mali Obomsawin   Bass,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Eleanor Buckland   Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle,Vocals,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Dolly Parton   Composer
Porter Wagoner   Composer
Huib Schippers   Executive Producer
Dan Cardinal   Producer,Engineer
Maya De Vitry   Introduction
Lula Wiles   Producer
Isa Burke   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes
John Smith   Executive Producer
Meghan Ireland   Cover Photo
Mali Obomsawin   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes
Eleanor Buckland   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes
Carla Rozman   Art Direction,Cover Art,Layout
Abigail Buckland   Composer

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