JONES & LEVA 'Vertie's Dream' CCCD-0180-CD
In what seems to me a warmer and much more musical recording than their first two albums, James Leva & Carol Elizabeth Jones put forth some generally very pleasant old- time duet music on their first outing for the Copper Creek label. The duo's strength is in its solid, unpretentious, down- home duet singing, which is augmented here by some pleas- antly appropriate instrumental work by Leva (on fiddle & lead guitar), with help from John Reischmann on mandolin and Dave Grant on acoustic bass (plus banjo by Mike Seeger and David Winston on one cut each)/ The group's weakness to me has been its choice of material: an arguably questionable decision to fit modem and contem- porary words and subject matter into an old-time setting. On this new album however, there are at least 5 or 6 tracks that work very well, including the haunting title song and the lovely SENT TO ME probably the strongest cut on the disc. The instrumental medley WASHINGTON'S MARCH/JIM & ARNOLD is definitely a highlight, as is their closing piece, an interesting juxtaposition of the vocal MINISTER'S FAREWELL, followed by the fiddle tune LAST OF CALLAHAN.
- Dave Grant plays bass
- Mike Seeger plays three-finger banjo
- David Winston plays clawhammer banjo
- and Bobby Read plays keyboard bass on one track.
- SOMETHING SHALL REMAIN
- VERTIE'S DREAM
- SENT TO ME
- DIP YOUR FINGERS IN SOME WATER
- SCORNED & MOCKED
- YOU'RE NOT MINE
- WHEN WE HAVE LOVE
- RIVER OF FIRE
- GUIDE ME O THOU GREAT JEHOVAH
- WASHINGTON'S MARCH/JIM & ARNOLD
- THE MAN IN ME
- I AIN'T BIG ENOUGH
- MINISTER'S FAREWELL/LAST OF CALLAHAN.