Label: Picc-A-Dilly - PIC-3537 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Misprint, Reissue • Country: US • Genre: Folk, World, & Country • Style: Country, Folk
Already have an account? Sign in. Other themes found on that first Philo release include, life on the road from a joyous and positive perspectivean outlaw's life in the Old West, and the necessity of having friends one can fall back upon.
Released inMary co-produced Prairie In The Sky with Jim Ringer, and the singularly acoustic instrumentation employed on her debut, was fleshed out by the inclusion of a pedal steel guitar. This augmentation lent a Country feel to Mary's songs. Of the dozen Set Me Free - Mary McCaslin - Blue Ridge EpitaphMary penned four and co-wrote, with Jim, "Ballad Of Weaverville," the tale of a gambler who woos and wins the girl of his dreams against all the odds. The Sand - The Jordanaires - Of Rivers And Plains track proves to be a eulogy to freedom, particularly in terms of possessing the capability to travel, wherever and whenever you want.
Marty Robbins' "My Love" closes the album, and lyrically encapsulates Mary's western philosophy. As hinted by the album title, Old Friends which appeared inbrought together some of Mary's favourite songs by other writers. Except that is, for the self-composed title track that closed this ten-song set. McCaslin places her stamp indelibly on the songs. Three tunes that loosely shared a western theme were wedged between the latter titles - the timeless "Oklahoma Hills" by Woody Guthrie; "Wendigo," a focus on the Spirit of Death; while Bob "Sons of the Pioneers" Nolan's "Way Out There" described the loneliness experienced while crossing a desert.
Thematically, freedom pervades the song lyrics on the second half of the recording. The depth of feeling and breadth of description that Mary attained with "Old Friends," marked the song out as one of her best.
For newcomers to Mary's work, this album is probably her most accessible. The film charted the rise of the American Woman's Movement. During that year, Jim and Mary were married. Boasting a cover portrait of the duo by the multi-talented, painter, writer, and musician, Eric Von Schmidt, the album was the brainchild of their manager Mitch Greenhill and Philo's Bill Schubart.
Its success as a recording, lies in the alchemy that merges Jim's gruff and gravel sounding bass with Mary's lighter alto, and no original compositions were included on this recording.
It charted in a number of the Northwestern states, particularly strongly in Oregon. As a result, Old Friends began to sell in, what was for Philo, relatively large quantities. With Mary's popularity at an all-time high, Philo signed a production deal with Mercury Records, for the recording and release of her next solo album.
These days, it is still available from Philo on cassette. Although her previous work was generally acoustic, strings are prominently featured on Sunny California. Due to a lack of promotion Hate It That I Love You (Album) - Various - November 2007 Part 5 Mercury, the album was not a commercial success.
Mary performed at The Roxy in Los Angeles, in support of the release as the opening act for Orleans, hardly a billing that was targeted at followers of her music. None of the latter should detract from the fact that Sunny California is another classic McCaslin creation. The title track lyric, explores the myth that California is a land of milk and honey. As if to prove that her taste in music was neither blinkered, nor catholic, Louden Wainwright's amusing "The Swimming Song" is given the McCaslin treatment.
Purporting to be based on the true story of two young girls who joined the notorious Doolin' Dalton gang, the movie gained glowing press reviews, but the expected droves of customers never materialised at the box office. The film enjoyed a U. Inthe pair played the prestigious Vancouver Folk Festival. Mary and Jim were operating from a base in San Bernadino, California, at this time.
During they were filmed at home with their Set Me Free - Mary McCaslin - Blue Ridge Epitaph of basset hounds as well as on the road performing, for a sixty minute documentary, that was subsequently screened by the Public Broadcasting Service station WOUB, based in Athens, Ohio. At the dawn of the eighties, Mitch Greenhill negotiated a one-off deal for Mary to record an album for the Chicago-based Flying Fish label, a disc he also produced. Get Up - Dj Wicked Profayt* - 90 Hip Hop Mix #1 three of Mary's compositions appear on the release, including a reappraisal of "Northfield" from Way Out West.
The title track, penned by Mary, recalls through the memories of his family, a beloved father who had passed away, while "Santana Song" focuses on the hardships pioneers endured while working the land during the late nineteenth century.
Almost a decade later, they followed it with the eighteen-song retrospective Things We Said Today. Through the eighties, Ringer's health deteriorated and their public appearances eventually ground to a halt. The couple separated towards the close of the decade.
In MarchJim Ringer passed away. Mary relocated to Santa Cruz, where she worked as a DJ on a local radio station and continues to tour nationally as a solo act.
The 20th Anniversary Folk Sampler, which appeared midway through One month later, Philo released her seventh and, to date, most recent solo album. Titled Broken Promises, for me it was a long awaited fruition. Quoting from Mary's liner notes, "So much time has passed since my last recording that the possibility of making an album of new songs seemed like a far-off dream. Now, almost a decade after Broken Promises, that dream still burns strong and true.
Featuring ten new McCaslin songs, at turns on Broken Promises, her lyrics displayed anger and uncertainty, as well as humility, hope and humanity. There was certainly a powerful maturity to her writing. Considering Mary's experiences through the eighties, it's hardly surprising that her principal focus lyrically should have become relationships. In the German reissue imprint Bear Family Records issued an eighteen-track collection titled Rain. In a recording career that has spanned well over three decades, McCaslin's work remains original, valid, fresh, and vibrant.
During the years that elapsed between A Life And Time and Broken Promises, Nanci Griffith and Iris DeMent became Philo artists and passed on to major label deals, each gaining a degree of fame and fortune in the process. Mary McCaslin was born on December 22,at St. Elizabeth Nursing Home located in the Indianapolis, Indiana, suburb of Beechgrove and soon afterwards was given up for adoption. When McCaslin was aged six her adoptive parents moved to Los Angeles initially settling in the suburb of Redondo Beach and later moving to Norwalk.
Raised on a diet of television westerns McCaslin quickly became enamoured with the lore of the cowboy and the life of Native American tribes on America's wide-open, unblemished plains. McCaslin 1000 Swings - Drivin N Cryin - Smoke developed a love of Country and Western music at an early age.
By her mid-teens that affair was tested by the arrival in the United States of The Beatles and other British Pop bands, as well as the rise and rise of Detroit's stable of Tamla Motown label hit makers.
Aged fifteen McCaslin purchased her first guitar, a Stella. Working a day job at a telephone company, the teenager persevered with her music career. In Happy Is The The pair soon began performing together, a partnership that lasted for over a decade. Way Out West was the first of three consecutive discs McCaslin recorded for the imprint and the eleven-track collection featured eight McCaslin-penned originals.
The ten-song set closed with the McCaslin-composed, album title song. During she worked on the soundtrack Laurel Canyon Home - John Mayall - Blues From Laurel Canyon the documentary Of Babies And Banners, which charted the rise of the American Woman's Movement. During the same year Ringer and McCaslin were married.
The front of the album liner featured a portrait of Ringer and McCaslin by the multi-talented writer, musician, and painter Eric Von Schmidt. Under promoted by Mercury the album was not a major seller. They separated towards the close of that decade and in March Jim Ringer passed. She also became a guitar teacher at a local store, Sylvan Set Me Free - Mary McCaslin - Blue Ridge Epitaph , and continues to occasionally contribute features to the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
McCaslin has continued to tour nationally and in her composition "Way Out West" was included on the celebratory compilation Philo So Far The 20th Anniversary Folk Sampler.
Too often overlooked is the great impact her guitar playing also had Set Me Free - Mary McCaslin - Blue Ridge Epitaph the acoustic scene. Mary McCaslin represents an unbroken link between traditional folksingers and today's "new folk" singer-songwriters. Her music ranges from ballads of the old Set Me Free - Mary McCaslin - Blue Ridge Epitaph to her own songs of the new west and modern times. Regarded as a pioneer of open guitar tunings, and known for her distinctive vocal style, Mary's influences can be heard in many younger folk performers.
Her versions of the Beatles' "Blackbird" and the Who's "Pinball Wizard" are made more unique by her "clawhammer" banjo accompaniment. Mary's musical Gryda - Various - Summer Tracks are as varied as her repertoire: The western ballads of Marty Robbins, the guitar playing Apartment No.
9 - Honey West - Sweet Dreams Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell, the singing and banjo playing of Hedy West, and the vocal inflections of the Beatles and the BeeGees.
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