Laura Love records with hot pickers in Nashville! Produced by Barbara Lamb. 2007
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In 2007, Laura Love resurrects her indie label, Octoroon Biography, and heads to Nashville to record her originals and some choice folk and gospel covers with Barbara Lamb at the production helm. Babs rounds up some of Nashville's finest bluegrass players and a couple of legends to back Laura on NeGrass. After writing her memoir, You Ain't Got No Easter Clothes, and releasing a CD of the same title in 2004, Laura delves deeper into her family history and discovers that her father's grandmother had been born into slavery in Texas in the last years of the Civil War. Struck by how recently her family members had been enslaved, Laura starts to picture how life might have unfolded for her great-grandmother. The lead song on this CD, Saskatchewan, imagines Mexie Love hearing the news that she has been freed and making her way north, trying to make it to Canada where she has heard that former slaves are living free lives. The rest of the CD evokes this era and other related issues. The playing is stellar and Tim O'Brien (ex-Hot Rize) joins Laura in duet singing on a few songs. And yes, that is THE Tracy Nelson singing background vocals on Passin' and He Is My Rock.
Featured musicians: Laura Love, vocals, electric bass; Jeff Autry, guitar, vocals; Mike Bub, upright bass, vocals; Rob Ickes, resonator guitar; Barbara Lamb, fiddle, vocals, production; Tracy Nelson, vocals; Tim O'Brien, vocals, mandolin, bouzouki; Alice Vestal, vocals; Scott Vestal, banjo, vocals.
Song list: Saskatchewan (Juneteenth), Brogan, John Hardy, Savin', Shady Grove, Angry Days, Passin', Load Up, This Train/Ezekiel And The Wheel, The Cuckoo, Can't Understand, He Is My Rock
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