Redbird - Redbird

Redbird - Redbird
Release Date:
February 22, 2005
Recording Date:
August 13, 2003 - August 15, 2003
Recording Location:
Mark's Living Room, Fort Atkinson WI

Put three very diverse singer/songwriters together and try to make them into a group, and you could be looking at a recipe for disaster. Egos, ideas, and experiences all enter the mix. It's remarkable, then, that Redbird sound so cohesive, given that Kris Delmhorst, Jeffrey Foucault, and Peter Mulvey all have established individual careers. It helps, perhaps, that they've worked out most of the problems touring together before venturing in the studio, and that they keep the focus on songs by others rather than their own material. And quite a range it is, opening with Greg Brown's evocative "Ships" before slipping into a gentle take on the standard "Moonglow." Almost inevitably, there's a Dylan cover ("Buckets of Rain"), but a few choices surprise, like R.E.M.'s "You Are the Everything" and the traditional "Down By the Sally Garden." It's very acoustic record, as befits its participants. They trade off vocals, and pick sweetly on Mulvey's "Ithaca," where Delmhorst offers some lovely mournful slide (and fiddle on Willie Nelson's rolling "I Gotta Get Drunk"). It's a record made by people who sound like they genuinely enjoy playing together (which can't be said for many groups), and who've found strong common ground. And finishing with Tom Waits' plaintive "Hold On" is a masterstroke.

Ships / Greg BrownRedbird3:02
Moonglow / Will Hudson / Irving MillsRedbird2:55
Buckets of Rain / Bob DylanRedbird3:41
The Whole World Round / Joe StuartRedbird2:22
Ithaca / Peter MulveyRedbird3:30
Lovely as the Day Is Long / Paul CebarRedbird2:58
Moonshiner / TraditionalRedbird4:22
Redbird Waltz / David "Goody" GoodrichRedbird2:26
Lullaby 101 / Kris DelmhorstRedbird3:00
I Gotta Get Drunk / Willie NelsonRedbird2:01
Lighthouse Light / Ry CavanaughRedbird3:02
You Are the Everything / Bill Berry / Peter Buck / Mike Mills / Michael StipeRedbird3:09
Down By the Sally Garden / Traditional / William Butler YeatsRedbird2:28
Drunk Lullaby / Jeffrey FoucaultRedbird5:16
Hold On / Tom WaitsRedbird4:38

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