The Recipe for
Take equal and generous portions of keen insight, positive attitude, and
Blend in a dozen varied musical styles, all highly listenable and
Combine with real-life stories of a songwriter who is comfortable being
personal, like an old friend, and who is an award-winning author with an
offbeat, uncanny command of language and lyric timing.
Add strong, clear lead vocals that Songwriting Hall of Fame artist
Mickey Newbury compares to the singing voice of Bob Shane (Kingston
Fold in fourteen outstanding guest artists, cradling everything from
Pedal Steel Guitar to Charango, Saxophone to Dobro, Tuba to Accordion,
and a dozen more well-chosen instruments from song to song.
Mix in well-timed outdoor sounds and lyrical foreshadowing that enhance
the cohesiveness that is loved in theme albums.
Bake to golden perfection in a highly-regarded studio, employing classic
analogue equipment that captures the warmth and personality of the
Arrange on a platter of thought-provoking fun,
splendid dynamics, and refreshing shifts in tempo and accompaniment.
Garnish this platter
with a handsome 16-page CD booklet containing all
song lyrics, many engaging photographs, background notes, and artist
You're ready to serve up the delightful music of the CD dusk.
Imagine, if you can, a songwriter's campout with Weird Al Yankovic, Ray
Stevens, Kris Kristofferson, Jeff Foxworthy, John Prine, and the late
Townes Van Zandt and Victor Borge....then imagine that The Mavericks
and/or George Thorogood & The Destroyers accompany them on songs written
at the campout....and you are on the right track.
dusk is more varied than that.
For example, the song
"God Is a Verb" gets out of the gate with a 100%
Outlaw Country intro (a Merle-Haggard-knows-exactly-where-he's-going
section), but then it shifts directly into contagious, foot-tapping
Western Swing upon reaching the chorus. The song is a favorite of early
"Shepherd in Shades" takes off
with a bit of Western-style yarn
spinning, then promptly spins itself off into a lively and lovely
South-of-the-Border number that spotlights El Salvadoran sideman
Mauricio Amaya on handcrafted Charango, Bombo, Udu, Claves, Guiro, and
And, as for
"Truckloads of Venomous Snakes," you have not lived fully
until you have heard all the entangled glories of this Off-Broadway Oompah that becomes an Off-the-Wall Waltz in a single bound.
Speaking of Off-Broadway, the CD
dusk has several other theatrical
features in addition to the aforementioned "outdoor sounds and lyrical
foreshadowing." The CD booklet is laid out in the style of a Theatre
Program with headings "The Artist," "The Players," "The Performance,"
etc. And, the first track on the CD "To the Arbor!" is a dramatic
re-enactment that sets the stage for the true-to-life song on track #2,
then segues into it.
dusk is far more than a random collection of songs, one following
another. It is a visit into the world of a personable artist who gives
of himself, and who has prepared well for your sojourn by laying out all
you will need for your heart and soul in a flowing, unified journey of
thoughtful discovery and fun that is best enjoyed from start to finish.
But, at some point, all description and vicarious experience should
ultimately give way to the real thing. The only way to take in this
decidedly offbeat, but reassuringly upbeat album journey is to send for
your own copy, then to enjoy it through and through.
Because the CD was recorded, mixed, and mastered for
optimum sound quality, and because its varied music and involved lyrics
deserve undivided attention, it is suggested that you listen using
headphones, or seated before a stereo component system. Of course, it
will be enjoyable on any boombox, even one located in a neighboring
room, but why not maximize your delight?
(Album Description, CDBaby.com)