Stories from the Silver Moon Cafe

Stories from the Silver Moon Cafe

by Mickey Newbury


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Stories From the Silver Moon Cafe was a characteristic effort in many respects. As on all Mickey Newbury albums, the spaces between tracks were filled with atmospheric sound effects such as chirping crickets, barking dogs, a passing car, trains, and plenty of rain and thunder. As on all Mickey Newbury albums, the selection of songs mixed new compositions and re-recordings of old songs. And as on all Mickey Newbury albums, there were some classic country songs. "Don't it sound like something you have heard before?" Newbury asked in "Oh Mama," and he easily could have been referring to his own work. Even the imagery was repeated: Two songs employed the phrase "one thin dime," and freight trains were mentioned in three. It had always been a talent of Newbury's to write country songs that sounded like they had been around forever, and such works as "Ain't No Blues Today" (which probably dated back to at least the 1970s) and "Ain't No Sunshine" (not the Bill Withers hit) certainly did. So did "Why You Been Gone So Long," but that was no wonder, since it had been a country hit in 1969. As ever, Newbury was a master at expressing emotional pain brought on by dislocation or romantic discord, but he also expanded into a more general sense of dread. However drawn he was to darkness, though, he concluded with the formal statement of faith and family, "A Father's Prayer," underlying a basic paradox in his lifelong stance as an artist, that this poet of the depressed and dissolute had long since settled into a stable family life himself and, at 60, was now looking serenely toward his golden years.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/03/2000
Label: Mountain Retreat
UPC: 5055300354822
catalogNumber: 8160
Rank: 76692

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Performance Credits

Mickey Newbury   Primary Artist
Clinton Gregory   Fiddle
Bobby Wood   Piano
Chip Davis   Background Vocals
Joseph Allen   Bass
David Angell   Violin
John Catchings   Cello
Gene Chrisman   Drums
Vic Clay   Acoustic Guitar
David Davidson   Violin
Dave Francis   Bass
Jim Grosjean   Viola
David Hoffner   Keyboards
David Huntsinger   Piano
Mike Leech   Bass
Sam Levine   Saxophone
Bob Mater   Drums
Tom Mortensen   Pedal Steel Guitar
Craig Nelson   Bass
Ron Oates   Keyboards
Jack Williams   Acoustic Guitar
Bob Wray   Bass
Reggie Young   Electric Guitar
Buddy Hyatt   Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Toni Jolene Clay   Background Vocals
Joe Allen   Bass
Jonmark Stone   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Michael McDonald   Interlude
John Catchings   String Arrangements
Martin Hall   Cover Design
Paula Wolak   Producer,Engineer
Owsley Manier   Graphic Design
Robert Rosemurgy   Executive Producer

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