This album contains the fruits of an Anglo-American song writing partnership.
It came into being after the well intentioned husband and wife duo of Peter Davies and Gabrielle Monk from Liverpool met the hawkish Paul Lacques and Victoria Jacobs at a house party in Sierra Madre. Although they are from different sides of the pond, the two couples bonded over a common love of Americana.
Subsequently, the beginnings of two tracks - White Cross
and Rolling The Boxcars – were laid down in Hawks’ lead singer Rob Waller’s garage studio. The first of these country-blues tracks has since also appeared on the Hawks’ last album ‘Live And Never Learn’.
After this productive beginning, lyrics and mp3s were digitally exchanged across the Atlantic and the project expanded to involve not only Waller but also Hawks bassist Paul Marshall, drummer Victoria Jacobs plus guest contributions from fiddler Gabe Witcher and Richie Lawrence on accordion.
The resulting album is, apart from some slide guitar, all acoustic and features ten tracks with lead vocals by Davies, Waller and Jacobs together with duets and harmonies supplied by both bands' singers.
By their own admission, the Brits adopt a more disciplined approach to traditional music while their American counterparts tend to play faster and looser. While the songs are set in the U.S., the British contingent seem to have messed with the Hawks’ mojo enough to induce a fairly droll and wistful mood. Many songs have cautionary messages and / or religious overtones. Only the darkly humorous cowboy tune (Things Like This) suggests a lighter side.
If this collaboration was a fun, learning experience it doesn’t come through in the grooves.
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