The first thing that hits you with this disc is the strength and power of Rita Hosking's voice, and the fierce passion it contains. The eleven songs are all her compositions, and it is her voice that drives them home. Her songs are about everyday life and the occurrences that bring it to life and make it interesting; songs of new days, trailers, stray dogs, and loss. Rita Hosking has made a name for herself in the Bluegrass music field where she often plays with her backup band Cousin Jack, and they have had numerous honors bestowed upon them. Yes, there is at times a twang of Mountain Music that goes back to the songs of her Cornish roots, however it isn't a stretch as she grew up in rural Northern California in the mountains. The soulful lonesomeness of mountains and a yearning come through in these songs.
Much credit has to go to Rich Brotherton as Producer, who also recorded the disc and mixed it at his home studio in Austin, Texas, and to the players he assembled to display these songs. Brotherton is renown as Robert Earl Keen's guitarist and as Producer they join up to successfully explore this new direction with the créme of Austin's musical scene assembled here. Lloyd Maines, a noted producer in his own right (in some circles this could be a problem, words in the air say all was smooth and no egos) is on Dobro, Glenn Fukunaga on upright bass, and Danny Barnes on banjo just to name a few of those that contribute to this beautifully crafted disc. The exciting atmosphere in the studio of creative minds working together, which translates to joy and good recordings comes through on this disc loud and clear. With the songs that are powerful and immediate, as is her delivery of them, this is a disc that shows a wonderful "new" talent. There is a patient urgency to her singing that brings life to the songs.
Edited by: David N. Pyles
Copyright 2009, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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