[FM] review of The Granary Girls CD "Wild Roses"

Kevin celtic-folk at surfnetusa.com
Sun Aug 1 20:58:39 EDT 2004

Below is my review of The Granary Girls CD "Wild Roses."

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"Wild Roses"
by The Granary Girls

copyright 2004
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 
they inhabit.

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 
departed mate.

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.

Track List:

    * 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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