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Format: CD
Sku: 202791652
UPC: 076605229320
UPC 14: 00076605229320
Release Date: 7/18/2006
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. To Climb A Tree ~ David Massengill
2. Valentine For Her Highness, A ~ David Massengill
3. We Will Be Together ~ David Massengill
4. Talking Dave Van Ronk Blues ~ David Massengill
5. Tell Old Bill ~ David Massengill
6. Forever Love ~ David Massengill
7. Family Reunion ~ David Massengill
8. Rainchild ~ David Massengill
9. Morgana The Pirate Queen ~ David Massengill
10. Jack And The Beanstalk ~ David Massengill
11. Scratchee Goes A-Wooing ~ David Massengill
12. Dave Van Ronk's Last Cigar ~ David Massengill
13. Somebody Else Not Me ~ David Massengill
14. Tree Romance, A ~ David Massengill
15. Killer Keller's Last Stand ~ David Massengill
16. Penley At The Wheel ~ David Massengill
17. Fairy's Code, The ~ David Massengill
18. Gambler-In-Chief, The ~ David Massengill
19. Used To Be ~ David Massengill

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Adapter: David Massengill.
Muze PNote Personnel: David Massengill (vocals, guitar, dulcimer); David Massengill; Lisi Tribble (vocals); Mark Dann (electric guitar, mandolin, bass guitar); Maggie Roche (vocals); Dave Van Ronk (guitar); Sarah Dann (violin); Seth Farber (piano); Steve Holley (drums).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Mark Dann.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: David Massengill.
Muze PNote Photographers: Teddy Lee; Bristol Cadmea; Ken Russell ; Andrea Vuocolo; Bill Penley; Irene Young.
Muze PNote Arranger: David Massengill.
Muze PNote We Will Be Together is David Massengill's first album in four years and only his fifth album overall in a career over 30 years long as of the 2000s. At least, that's true if you only count the albums issued by regular record companies; anyone who attends a Massengill concert finds he has available for sale an array of self-produced CD-Rs as well. Nevertheless, he acts as if this is his first recording opportunity in a while and wants to make maximum use of it. The album contains 19 tracks and runs over 76 minutes. For its contents, he remarks in the liner notes, he has assembled a sort of advance compilation of highlights from as-yet unrecorded future projects, to wit: "1. A musical tribute to Dave Van Ronk. 2. Songs revisiting my hometown of Bristol, TN-VA. 3. A bouquet of valentine/lullaby/love songs. 4. An all-singing, all-dancing pop musical of Jack and the Beanstalk. 5. An adventure saga of the heroine child Morgana in Fairyland. 6. A sequel of Morgana's exploits in Pirateville. 7. A collection of postmodern protest songs." There are songs on the album answering to all of these descriptions, which would seem to suggest a disparate collection. But, in fact, there is a theme running through the album, and that is heroism. On the album cover, Massengill presents a collage of photographs ? la Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, people lined up in rows before an image of MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village (recently given the added moniker "Dave Van Ronk Street," in tribute to the late folksinger). A few faces are recognizable to anyone -- Mark Twain, George McGovern, Van Ronk himself -- but many are people important in Massengill's personal universe, doubtless including members of his family and friends. Similarly, the album pays tribute to his heroes, starting with Van Ronk, who is evoked in both original songs ("Talking Dave Van Ronk Blues," "Dave Van Ronk's Last Cigar") and in covers of songs associated with him ("Tell Old Bill," "Somebody Else Not Me"). Massengill doesn't really sound like Van Ronk, naturally, though he can do a mean imitation of the gruff-voiced folk-blues singer. What matter is that Van Ronk is part of his pantheon of independent misfits, along with Jack of beanstalk fame, a football coach ("Killer Keller's Last Stand"), and a school bus driver ("Penley at the Wheel"). Massengill tells their stories with his typically inventive sense of wordplay, accompanying himself on simple, familiar guitar or mountain dulcimer riffs. And there's also a villain. "The Gambler-in-Chief" is clearly a lambasting of President George W. Bush, though he isn't mentioned by name. We Will Be Together really is a sampler of future projects for Massengill, and it whets the appetite for the full-length versions. ~ William Ruhlmann

Producer: David Massengill; Mark Dann; David Massengill; Mark Dann

Engineer: Mark Dann; Mark Dann

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 07/18/2006
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2006
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 293
Music Label Name Label : Gadfly Records
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00076605229320

Professional Reviews

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- "WE WILL BE TOGETHER is part seductive charmer, part fairy tale spinner, part political and ecological commentary..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Massengill,David
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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