[FM] review of The Granary Girls CD "Wild Roses"
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Below is my review of The Granary Girls CD "Wild Roses."
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by The Granary Girls
Good Grains Music
P.O. Box 63
Evansville, MN 56326
mailto:granarygirls at granarygirls.com
This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 7/04
"Kevin's Celtic & Folk Music CD Reviews"
It has to be a bit daunting, with the no-carb craze currently in vogue, to
be a pairing called The Granary Girls. But Patty Kakac and Jodi Ritter have
forged ahead anyway with their latest release, "Wild Roses," an offering
that both explores and epitomizes the heart and soul of the Midwest.
Based in Minnesota, this duo has produced what could be described as a
'Prairie Home Companion' companion piece, full of mood and place-provoking
music about good, hard-working, compassionate people grounded by the land
The title song, "Wild Roses," is the opening cut. Elevated by Kakac's and
Ritter's engaging harmony singing, this love song compares and contrasts
the roots of said plant with those of the human kind--roots that allow both
to inhabit a sometimes inhospitable environment.
"Freight Train" ponders choices in life and what we would do differently if
given the chance. That contrasts with "Travelin," a bluegrass-inflected cut
about home looking pretty good when faced with constant moving about.
World War II changed or, worse, ended the plans of many, as depicted in "I
Wanted To Be A Cowboy." Shackle or unfetter? That is the question posed
regarding love and the differences in male-female expectations presented in
"White Spotted Black Horse."
Shackling is again the subject matter in "Burying Tree," a dark,
matter-of-factly presented offering that provides a land-based version of a
captain going down with the ship.
"Diamonds In Her Soul," "Caramels & Velvet" and "Didn't Have Much"
highlight the best of human spirit and decency. Generosity triumphs and
provides ample payback of all manner against selfishness and hoarding.
"A Gift Of Years" is a touching and endearing series of memories to a
With a variety of guitar, autoharp, fiddle, harmonica and banjo backing,
this is an earnest release aimed at the heart, with straightforward tales
about the dignity and satisfaction to be found in simple living and living
Also deserving of mention is the water color-splashed liner notes, a
beautiful mix of yellow, green, pink and blue hues.
Patty Kakac on vocals, guitar, autoharp and harmonica and Jodi Ritter on
vocals, bass, guitar and rhythm are backed by Rachel Nelson on fiddle and
frailing banjo; Tom May on guitar and vocals; Muriel Poehler on lead and
harmony vocals; Bruce Kelly on lead guitar; Terry Kennedy on harmonica and
banjo; Steve McKinstry on pump organ and Hammond B3, Marge Ford on button
box accordian; and Tom Kelin on Uilleann pipes.
* Wild Roses (5:15)
* Freight Train (3:26)
* Travelin' (2:53)
* I Wanted To Be A Cowboy (4:56)
* White Spotted Black Horse (4:07)
* Burying Tree (5:54)
* Diamonds In Her Soul (6:16)
* Caramels And Velvet (3:58) Muriel Poehler
* Coal Tattoo (2:58) Billy Edd Wheeler
* Didn't Have Much (3:43)
* A Gift Of Years (4:22) Bruce Kelly
* Greening Of The Hills (4:37)
* Down To The River (6:11) Tim Harrison
* Good-Bye (5:44)
* Wild Roses Reprise
All songs by The Granary Girls, unless as noted.
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