A Review of the Pat Wictor CD
"Waiting For The Water"

"Waiting For The Water"
by Pat Wictor

Copyright 2004
RiskyDisc Records
http://www.PatWictor.com and

This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 2/05
"Kevin and Maxine’s Celtic & Folk Music CD Reviews"
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Prior to receiving this CD, Pat Wictor could have been a butcher, a baker or a candlestick maker for all I knew. Thankfully, I'm much more knowledgeable and wiser now. You should be, too.

Wictor has compiled an interesting combination of music here: American folk-type songs, a nice inclusion of a UK traditional-type original and a handful of blues offerings. All are centered around various points on the spectrum of human relationships.

Most of the regular folk material is located early in the release.

Lamenting a departed love in "Where Did You Go," Wictor offers a particularly elegant chorus:

"Where did you go darlin'? Where did you go?
How will I find you again?
'Tween righteous and wrong, silence and song
Somewhere between prayer and 'amen'..."
He follows with the gospel number "Love Is The Water." An infectious cut bound to get any listener swaying to and fro, it's performed a capella, save for a touch of harmonica.

The very enjoyable "Don't Dig My Grave Too Deep" has a similar title to Blind Lemon Jefferson's "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean." A Civil War story song detailing the uneasiness a Confederate soldier has over his "work" in the Civil War, Wictor sings in the chorus:

"Promise me one thing
You will bury me under God's wing
In case I cannot sleep
Don't dig my grave too deep.."
Wictor last American folk cut is the gentle, lullaby-like "Sleep Easy."

His UK traditional-sounding tune, "Dover Town," blends right into that genre although minus jilted lovers and somebody jumping into the river seeking relief from torment.

Although not a big fan of the blues genre, this reviewer enjoyed a couple of the blues numbers, in particular the bleakly-titled "Death Letter" and "Hard Time Killing Floor Blues." After these two, any listener will count his or her blessings, however meager they may be.

Wictor has a very pleasing, easy-to-listen-to voice and backs his singing with fairly minimalist but sharp instrumentation. He adds depth and feeling to his offerings through the variety of instruments he masterfully plays.

Although he has previous releases, do welcome this "newcomer" to your folkie world.

Wictor, on vocals, acoustic guitar, resonator guitar, acoustic lap slide guitar, dobro, electric lap steel and lap steel, is backed by Jen Schonwald, Wendy Fuhr and Courtney Malley on harmony vocals; Stuart Skaroff on bass vocals; Cheryl Praksher on percussion; Danny Bakan on banjo; Richard Sleigh on harmonica; Jim Ypsilantis on acoustic guitar; Aaron Goldsmith on bass and guitarron.

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