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Various Artists - Our Side of Town: A Red House Records 25th Year Collection

Our Side of Town:
A Red House Records
25th Year Collection

Various Artists

Red House Records - RHR CD 210

Available from Red House Records on-line store.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mike Jurkovic
(rnrcurmudgeon@yahoo.com)

With its seventeen tracks of rootsy authenticity, Our Side of Town rightfully celebrates Red House Record's quarter century as a musical oasis.

Residents of this side of town know the names: John Gorka. Lucy Kaplansky. Jimmy LaFave. Greg Brown. Cliff Eberhardt. Robin & Linda Williams. Neighbors on this side of the tracks still tell the humble tale of the label's origins. The late Bob Feldman, entranced by Brown's boundless artistry, took the label's name from Brown's then out-of-print vinyls and, in 1984, Red House Records began its ascendancy.

200 records and a host of Grammys, Emmys, Junos and other awards to its credit, Red House, and many of its artists, are a force to be reckoned with. But more importantly, Red House continues its rich legacy by signing new artists, especially Storyhill (Blazing Out of Sight is one of the many highlights) as is the Pines' atmospheric Let's Go. Also nestled nicely among the veterans is the resilient alto of Meg Hutchinson (Ready) and the high flying Wailin' Jennys' Things That You Know.

All of the songs collected here are from each artist's most recent release, including performances by Jorma Kaukonen, Guy Davis, Ray Bonneville's gritty I Am The Big Easy, Bill Staines' Old Dogs, and Eliza Gilkyson's vibrant Bordeline.

Track List:

  • I Am The Big Easy - Ray Bonneville
  • Things That You Know - The Wailin' Jennys
  • Cold & Dark & Wet - Greg Brown
  • Hideaway Girl - Jimmy Lafave
  • Ready - Meg Hutchinson
  • Flames Of Love- Lynn Miles
  • It's Home Everywhere I Go- Cliff Eberhardt
  • When You Sing- John Gorka
  • Over The Hills- Lucy Kaplansky
  • Blazing Out Of Sight- Storyhill
  • Let's Go- The Pines
  • Borderline- Eliza Gilkyson
  • Late Breaking News- Jorma Kaukonen
  • It Takes Love To Make A Home- Guy Davis
  • Baghdad Blues- Peter Ostroushko
  • Old Dogs- Bill Staines
  • Together All Alone- Robin & Linda Williams
Collection produced by Eric Peltoniemi

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

Copyright 2008, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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