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A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Benjamin H. Cohen
Rosalie Sorrels weaves tales with the ability to turn phrases that will stay in your mind. From beginning to end,from the opening slightly tipsy rendering of "Going Away Party" to the final pensive "My Last Go Round",this marvellous album is filled with wonderful stories.
"Hitchhiker in the Rain" is Sorrels' poignant tale of years spent picking up hitchhikers in her wide-ranging travels because her son told her that failure to do so would ruin his "hitching karma". The singer muses that, with the passing of the Sixties (which Rosalie counts as starting in the Fifties and running until about 1976) and her son's suicide, her fears have overcome her desire to continue, though, she sings, "I hate to leave the aging children standing in the rain."
In "Borderline Heart" Rosalie complains that she left a piece of her heart in the great southwest. "I left my heart and almost lost my mind," she says. But, she tells her lost love, "keep the heart, my love, the damn thing's broken anyway." The very next song, "Come and Be My Driver" finds her pining for companionship on her travels: "Every lady needs a driver and I hope you'll be mine".
Styles range from the quiet a cappella "Sweet Loving Friendship" to Sorrells' setting of Lawrence Ferlengetti's "La Bruja: Flower of Revolution" backed with violin, guitar, bass, and percussion, to a raucous rendering of Dale Crider's marvelous "Gospel Snake", a breakneck vocal tour-de-force accompanied by piano, guitar, bass, and drums.
Songs by Peter Bellamy, Ken Kesey, Bruce Phillips, Mayne Smith, Chris Smither, Townes van Zandt, and C. Walker round out the album.
Edited By Kerry Dexter