Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster

Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster

by Stephen Foster



The American popular song begins with the work of Stephen Foster in the mid-1800s, and his contributions are honored on Beautiful Dreamer, wherein a contemporary cadre of performers from a broad range of musical disciplines render the songs as they were originally written, in several cases employing exotic instruments that heighten both the beauty of Foster's melodies and the poignant (and often fatalistic) idealism of his lyrics. For example, you'll hear a pump organ and glass harmonica on Beth Nielsen Chapman's lovely reading of Foster's translation of a German lied, "In the Eyes Abide the Heart," recorded here for the first time ever. The performances are universally outstanding -- the artists treat the songs like the precious gems they are, and the listener is rewarded with a fresh perspective on Foster's enduring art. Raul Malo offers a robust reading of "Beautiful Dreamer," Alison Krauss checks in with a tenderly whispered interpretation of the graceful lullaby "Slumber My Darling," and Alvin Youngblood Hart brings a country blues flavor to "Nelly Was a Lady." Supported by piano, organ, and acoustic slide guitar, gospel great Mavis Staples unsurprisingly turns "Hard Times Come No More" into a hymn of salvation. Rootsy newcomers Ollabelle, with Levon Helm's daughter Amy singing evocative lead vocals, sends out a rustic remembrance to a departed friend in the exquisitely crafted "Gentle Annie," while Roger McGuinn, playing that familiar electric 12-string, infuses "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair" with a chiming whimsicality as his multi-tracked vocal adds a Byrds-like feel to the track. If a thing of beauty is indeed a joy forever, as John Keats insisted, then Beautiful Dreamer is destined to age gracefully, and to live long in the heart.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/24/2004
Label: Thirty Tigers
UPC: 0635759159428
catalogNumber: 591594

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stephen Foster   Primary Artist
Martin Terefe   Organ,Percussion,Background Vocals
Beth Nielsen Chapman   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Paul Hostetter   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Mandolin
Raul Malo   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Vocals
Chuck Mead   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Edgar Meyer   Bass
Charlie Chadwick   Bass
Roger McGuinn   Bass,Vocals,Guitar (12 String Electric)
David Roe   Bass
Byron Isaacs   Bass,Vocals
Geoff Firebaugh   Bass
Jack Clement   Dobro,Rhythm Guitar
Don Herron   Fiddle,Mandolin
John Prine   Guitar,Vocals
Billy Panda   Guitar,Mandolin
Alvin Youngblood Hart   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Pat Bergeson   Guitar
Pat McLaughlin   Mandolin,Rhythm Guitar,Harmony Vocals
Matt Rollings   Piano
Ron Sexsmith   Piano,Vocals
Judith Edelman   Piano,Vocals
Jeff Taylor   Piano,Accordion
Grey DeLisle   Autoharp,Vocals
Yo-Yo Ma   Cello
Stefanie Fife   Cello
Julie Adams   Cello
Pasi Leppikangas   Drums
Shaw Wilson   Drums,Gong
Tony Leone   Drums
Henry Kaiser   Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Chris Scruggs   Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar
Alison Krauss   Vocals
Mavis Staples   Vocals
Glenn Patscha   Vocals,Pump Organ
Amy Helm   Vocals,Mandola
Kimmie Rhodes   Background Vocals
Wood Newton   Background Vocals
Yvonne Staples   Vibraphone
Steve Fishell   Hawaiian Guitar,Acoustic Guitar
Jimi Zhivago   national steel guitar,Guitar
Mark Thomas Bell   Davul,Riqq
David Raven   Footsteps
Robin Petrie   Santoor,Santouri
Marvin Etzioni   Guitar (Nylon String),Bells
Tania Elizabeth   Fiddle,Background Vocals
Will Barrow   Piano
Greg Leisz   Pedal Steel Guitar
Boo Berstein   Pedal Steel Guitar
Danny Coots   Drums
Suzy Bogguss   Vocals
Jordan McConnell   Acoustic Guitar
Leonard Podolak   Banjo
Robin Ruddy   Banjo,Background Vocals
Dave Ferguson   Bass
Fiano McBain   Guitar,Vocals
John Orine   Guitar,Vocals
Mark O'Connor   Violin
Gawain Mathews   Electric Guitar
Jessica Havey   Vocals
Gabe Rhodes   Glass Harmonica,Pump Organ
Buddy Miller   Guitar (Tremolo)
Pete Anderson   Bass,Guitar,Drums

Technical Credits

Beth Nielsen Chapman   Arranger
Marvin Etzioni   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements
Edgar Meyer   Arranger
Henry Kaiser   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
John Prine   Arranger,Producer
Michelle Shocked   Arranger
Robin Petrie   Arranger
Paul Hostetter   Arranger
Roger McGuinn   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Wood Newton   Arranger,Producer
Mavis Staples   Arranger
Jimi Zhivago   Arranger
Ron Sexsmith   Arranger
Alvin Youngblood Hart   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Judith Edelman   Arranger,Producer
Chuck Mead   Arranger
Don Herron   Arranger
Glenn Patscha   Arranger
Shaw Wilson   Arranger
Amy Helm   Arranger
Byron Isaacs   Arranger
Grey DeLisle   Arranger
Tony Leone   Arranger
Chris Scruggs   Arranger
Mark Thomas Bell   Arranger
Geoff Firebaugh   Arranger
David Raven   Sound Effects
Steve Fishell   Producer
Raul Malo   Producer,Engineer
Steve Rosenthal   Producer
Steven Epstein   Producer
Camilla McGuinn   Producer
Martin Terefe   Producer,Engineer
Dave Sinko   Engineer
David Vaught   Engineer
Joe Gracey   Engineer
Tony Rambo   Engineer
John Saylor   Engineer
Boo McCloud   Engineer
Jason Robbins   Engineer
Juan Bautista Sánchez García   Engineer
Nathaniel Chan   Engineer
Tamara Saviano   Executive Producer
Aimee Roberts   Artwork
David Ball   Arranger
Tania Elizabeth   Arranger
Duhks   Producer
Boo Macleod   Engineer
Suzy Bogguss   Arranger,Producer
Will Barrow   Producer
Murry Hammond   Engineer
Aimee Roberts Mazurek   Artwork
Fiano McBain   Arranger
John Orine   Arranger,Producer
Gabe Rhodes   Producer
Gawain Mathews   Producer
Dave Ferguson   Engineer
Pete Anderson   Arranger,Producer

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