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Gilkyson, Gorka And Kaplansky
Red Horse
Review By Steven Stone

 

  Eliza Gilkyson, John Gorka, and Lucy Kaplansky have known each other for years. They've played on each other's albums and shared concert stages, but the idea for a group album surfaced when they played together during Red House Records 25th Anniversary tour. The experience was so positive that they decided to record an entire album together.

Ask experienced solo artists why they're solo artists instead of members of a band and you'll get an earful on the issues and personal politics involved in musical partnerships. Red Horse isn't an attempt at group forming as much as it is an exercise in collaboration. The artists brought some of their most emblematic material to the project and then used the other members to fill out the arrangements. On Neil Young's "I Am A Child" Eliza Gilkyson handles lead vocals and serves as "song boss." On Eliza Gilkyson's "Wild Horse" John Gorka leads while on Gorka's "Blue Chalk" Lucy Kaplansky takes the reins. In each case the song leader is prominent and the other principals serve as accompanists. None of the songs gets a full trio treatment where everyone must add equally to the song. Guitarslinger extraordinaire Duke Levine adds his string wizardry on guitar, mandola, lap steel and baritone guitar.

The sparseness of the arrangements is refreshing. The 70's proved that, with rare exceptions, the super-group concept of putting solo artists together in big phat bands and expecting magic rarely works. Red Horse isn't an attempt to duplicate this bankrupt idea. Instead it's a collaboration based on music rather than marketing. The results will please anyone who values intelligent music making.

 

 

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