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Eliza Gilkyson - Your Town Tonight

Your Town Tonight

Eliza Gilkyson

Red House Records - RHR CD 205

Available from Red House Records store.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mois Benarroch
(moshebenarroch@authorsden.com)

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Just when you are going to settle for a nice live recording of Gilkyson's favorite songs, she blows the speaker with a version of her dad's song Greenfields. And no matter how many times you've heard this song you are very probably going to break in tears or at least have yourself humming the song for seven days straight after hearing her version. This may not be the best of a thousand versions of this song, but it's like she's sitting in front of her father and singing just for him. And, like a nine years old girl singing for the family, she's waiting for him to tell her that he liked it. Of course he does, wherever he is. This is real magic and one of an incredible moment of recorded music.

After this peak, which comes at track two, the whole CD flows nicely, although some more rocking songs have a mashy sound and the four members band have a hard time being heard clearly, and, Gilkyson vocals seems to flow better in ballads than in rock songs. It's no wonder that her best CD's were recorded in her "new age" phase (she recorded with Andreas Vollenweider), that is the CD's Pilgrims and Through a Glass Darkly. It seems to me that she tries too hard to be a rocker, and that is against her. Listening to her cover a complete CD of her father's song wouldn't be a bad idea.

The CD was recorded at the legendary Cactus Café in Austin, and includes songs from all her long discography, old and new, which is rich and really deserves the attention of any fan of folk music. Gilkyson is a great songwriter and for once, without any concession, she is also a great singer with a signature voice all of her own, that can break doors. The CD is mainly comprised of originals but she also includes, besides her father's cover, a very good version of Dylan's Jokerman.

Track List:

  • Beauty Way
  • Green Fields intro
  • Green Fields
  • Dark Side of Town
  • Tender Mercies
  • Jokerman
  • Rose of Sharon intro
  • Rose of Sharon
  • Tennessee Road
  • Angel And Delilah
  • Hard Times In Babylon
  • Jedidiah 1777
  • Lights of Santa Fe
  • Easy Rider intro
  • Easy Rider
  • Requiem
  • Bare Necessities

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2007, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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