Public Domain: Songs from the Wild Land

Public Domain: Songs from the Wild Land

by Dave Alvin


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Modern troubadour (and former Blaster) Dave Alvin's work has always shown a deep affinity for the storytelling traditions of American folk and country music. For his latest album, Alvin has gathered and reinterpreted 15 songs from the American songbook, crafting them into a cohesive song cycle that's both deeply personal and effortlessly universal. These are songs that form part of the fabric of American culture, familiar tunes such as "Shenandoah," "Delia," and "East Virginia Blues," reworked in ways that offer fresh perspectives while retaining the rough-hewn, iconoclastic spirit of the originals. Alvin's deep, lived-in voice is ideally suited to the contrasting upbeat melody and bittersweet lyrics of "What Did the Deep Sea Say?" and equally at home with a Delta blues treatment of the folk standard "Maggie Campbell." In the liner notes, Alvin comments on his choice of material -- and album title: "Our folk songs lie in the wild land of our heart," Alvin says. "They aren't relics from an idealized, sentimental past. Our folk songs are about love, jealousy, anger, despair, hope, and survival..." Alvin's sensitive, empathetic take on these songs serves to remind how deep and vital the well of folk-song tradition runs.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/15/2000
Label: Hightone Records
UPC: 0012928812221
catalogNumber: 8122
Rank: 67706

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Alvin   Primary Artist
Joe Terry   Organ,Piano,Accordion,Harmonium,Vocal Harmony
Brantley Kearns   Fiddle,Vocal Harmony
Greg Leisz   Dobro,Mandolin,Slide Guitar
Mark Linett   Recorder
Rick Shea   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Harmony
Gregory Boaz   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Dave Alvin   Producer
Kid Prince Moore   Composer
A.P. Carter   Composer
Mark Linett   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
E. Smith   Composer

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