Where it All Begins
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Recorded in 2001 at Thomas Eaton Recording in Newburyport, MA.
With Special guests: Jake Armerding, John Curtis, Roger Williams, Kent Allyn, Mark LaPointe, Tom Eaton, Jim and Alison Trick.
The CD features 11 Anderson-Gram originals and one song (Give Yourself to Love) by the late Kate Wolf.
“I love finding new music by new artists. Before opening this CD I had never heard of Anderson-Gram. This, the duo's second release, is the pick of the latest crop of CDs.
Where It All Begins caught me from track one and I must admit that while some songs are better than others there was not a single piece that I did not like.
Anderson-Gram reminds me on some tracks of Ian and Sylvia Tyson. ‘Alabama’ is a song where the ‘Tyson sound’ is most noticeable. The song is a hymn to that location and love found there. It’s beautifully written and sung with lines like ‘A little smile, a little tear in his eye/A little love song, sung off key.’
‘This Guitar’ is a tribute to the life of the traveling musician with the initial chorus written from directions given on how to find their next gig.
‘Three Chords & a Cloud of Dust’ is a witty look at the other side of the musician's life. It recounts the tale of the performer playing for tips in a bar, competing with the game on the TV in the corner. How many of those are out there? It contains the immortal lines: ‘He even wrote a song in the summer of 69, though it makes no sense and it's too damn long, God only knows what we were on, still I shout it out every time.’
‘One Dying Breed’ poetically tells the sad tale of the demise of the fishing industry.
Other tracks tackle people who do not fit in, sports heroes with feet of clay and fighting the demons of modern life among others.
The only song by another writer is Kate Wolf’s ‘Give Yourself to Love’ and is a real gem. This is a very personal album but deserves a wide listenership.
Where It All Begins is a fabulous album which, with a spark of luck and good airplay, could be where it all begins big time for Anderson-Gram” ~ Nicky Rossiter, Rambles Cultural Arts Magazine