Land of Milk and Honey

Land of Milk and Honey

by Eliza Gilkyson


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Eliza Gilkyson counts herself among the cadre of contemporary singer/songwriters who mix thoughtful lyrics and folk roots to create a heady combination of poetry and music. Her vocal style, a quiet whisper with a gritty edge, adds a bit of depth to her musical vision, while her revolving door of musicians on Land of Milk and Honey lays down a relaxed foundation. Gilkyson, like other musical poets in the post-9/11 world, has serious things on her mind, and it's hard to imagine that a title like Land of Milk and Honey is meant to be read straight. "Hiway 9" gives the album an ominous start, with elliptical references to the Middle East, oil, and tax dollars going to God knows where. Unlike a number of left-leaning songwriters, Gilkyson seems content to never quite spell out what she means. "Wonderland," a tryst without commitment, seems equally dark on the surface, and Gilkyson's vocal recalls Lucinda Williams' carnal confessions on Essence. The difference, though, is that "Wonderland"'s rhythm is infectious, and the band takes the song at such an upbeat pace that a tryst, while not love, is not bad. Gilkyson's fans will find Land of Milk and Honey another solid effort by one sharp and incisive writer with a distinct voice.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/2004
Label: Red House
UPC: 0033651017424
catalogNumber: 174
Rank: 56112

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Performance Credits

Eliza Gilkyson   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Iris DeMent   Vocals
Jane Gillman   Dulcimer
David Carroll   Choir, Chorus
Slaid Cleaves   Vocal Harmony
Bukka Allen   Accordion,Harmonium
Rich Brotherton   Mandolin,Choir, Chorus,Cittern,Vocal Harmony
Stephen Bruton   Vocal Harmony
Mary Chapin Carpenter   Vocals
Jon Dee Graham   Electric Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Patty Griffin   Vocals
Mark Hallman   Acoustic Guitar,Tuba,Tambourine,Guitar (Nylon String),Vocal Harmony
Scott McIntosh   Saxophone
Stephen Zirkel   Trumpet
Glenn Fukunaga   Bass,Upright Bass
Mike Hardwick   Electric Guitar
Rob Gjersoe   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Fats Kaplan   Fiddle
Cisco Ryder   Percussion,Drums,Choir, Chorus,Cajon,Vocal Harmony
Brian Standefer   Cello
Raúl Vallejo   Trombone

Technical Credits

Eliza Gilkyson   Composer
Woody Guthrie   Composer
Terry Gilkyson   Composer
Mark Hallman   Producer,Engineer
Yvonne C. Johnson   Composer
Carla Leighton   Art Direction
Nancy Gilkyson   Composer
Tony Castle   Engineer

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