This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 2/05
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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
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?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.
How will I find you again?
'Tween righteous and wrong, silence and song
Somewhere between prayer and 'amen'..."
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 thingWictor last American folk cut is the gentle, lullaby-like "Sleep Easy."
You will bury me under God's wing
In case I cannot sleep
Don't dig my grave too deep.."
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
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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