March 24, 2012
How does an established and preeminent acoustic artist like Vance Gilbert follow up his feted cover album Angels, Castles, Covers (2006); and his songwriting watermark Unfamiliar Moon (2005)?
With Up On Rockfield, that’s how! Gilbert’s new release finds him exploring and unabashedly celebrating the influence various famous songwriters and performers have had upon his writing. Each song is penned by Gilbert as if he was co-writing with some of his musical heroes. Who else but him could pull off a concept project such as this, and have both press and radio giddy with anticipation?
“Up on Rockfield”, the opening title track is a soulful call-to-arms of a small community, reminiscent of mid-70s Van Morrison. Then comes the rollicking country rock of “Welcome to Lovetown”, joyously sounding like John Hiatt enlisting a hand from Prince. And there is the innocent and wise “Goodbye Pluto”, written, says Gilbert, “as if Shawn Colvin and Raffi were to write together.”
“… the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god.” –Fort Worth Star-Telegram
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