Caroline Herring - Twilight


Caroline Herring

Blue Corn Music
P.O.Box 572550
Houston, Texas 77057

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Moshe Benarroch

Close your eyes, shut the mobile phone, we are back in time. The Byrds have just split, the Flying Burrito Brothers have released a new record, Emmylou Harris still trying to make it in some lost Bar, and playing backing vocals for Graham Parsons. Sneaky Pete Kleinbow is doing his thing. And here we are, ladies and gentleman, welcome Mrs. Caroline Herring and her first cd Twilight.

Herring has a voice that will definitely remind you of Emmylou Harris, but you hear the difference in a song like Carolina Moon, that starts with the words "If I were to die tomorrow", when she sings
Amen and amen
pass the biscuits darling
this supper's heaven sent
you mean more than any fame and fortune I could find
and the Carolina moon is rising in the Texas sky
and you hear her repeating again "Amen and amen", as if it was "I'm in and I'm in". You will notice the quality of the way she repeats words and gives them new meanings. She repeats words the way Van Morrison does it, and each time she sings them a new meaning is revealed.

The music is pure country, very acoustic, and most of the songs are played by 4-5 players. One of them is Paul Glasse, a mandolin wizard that gives much of the bluegrass feel to this album. Lloyd Maines plays Steel guitar and dobro, and whenever this man plays with someone or produces a cd you will know he was there. Peter Rowan is here too.

I can go on praising this cd, but I'll never be able to explain what makes it so wonderful and special. I confess I have been converted. I find myself humming all the songs in this album day after day. They are memorable and there is not one filler here. Herring can very well become the next Emmylou Harris or the next Nanci Griffith, or even better than that, she will soon become the first Caroline Herring.

This is an impressive debut and one the best cd's of 2001.

Track List

  • Mississippi Snow
  • Ringside Rodeo
  • Devil Made a Mess
  • Wise Woman
  • Emma
  • Whipoorwill
  • Learning to Drive
  • Carolina Moon
  • Standing in the Water
  • Delta Highway
  • Wreck on the Highway (Dorsey Dixon)
All song by Caroline Herring except as noted.

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2002, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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