Carol Young’s recommendation: “I can remember growing up in Australia hearing Gerry Rafferty’s mega-hit Baker Street on the radio – the song where the saxophone solos as much as Gerry sings. I didn’t fall in love with that song as much as I did his other commercially successful song, Right Down The Line. Then there was Gerry’s obsession with Bob Dylan which lead to the formation of Stealers Wheel – you can still hear their monster 1972 single release, Stuck In The Middle With You daily on the radio. His voice can often be heard with doubled vocals which I don’t normally like, but it suits his singing. It’s been said “his voice is reminiscent of the dim dawn after a dark night of the soul.” I connect with his lyrics but I think it’s more about the way he delivers the song that means so much to me. Gerry’s got this Irish/Scottish folk influence in his music and the production is normally low-fi. I was in Nashville, TN in 2011 when I heard of his death which resulted from years of alcohol abuse. That was a sad day, indeed. My favorite Gerry Rafferty album is City to City. Listen to Whatever’s Written In Your Heart for killer lyrics and vocal performance. This album never makes the Rolling Stone’s “Best Of” lists but in my humble opinion, it should.”
About our guest author, Carol Young: Carol met Kym Warner when they were both members of Kasey Chamber’s backing band. Originally from Australia, the duo packed up their love for George Jones and Merle Haggard and headed to America where they formed The Greencards in 2002 and released their first album, Movin’ On in 2003. The band’s fresh take on bluegrass, affectionately labeled as ‘newgrass,’ won over spectators at their early Austin, TX shows and they soon found themselves opening for the likes of Robert Earl Keen and landing a record deal with Nashville’s Dualtone Records. Accolades washed over the band in 2004 as they were named in a list of top five nights of live music for the year in 2004 in the Houston Chronicle and they were named “Best New Band” at the Austin Music Awards. Grammy nominations and the honor of serving as the opening act for Bob Dylan (Wikipedia tells us that Warner was hoping to get some fatherly advice from Bob about music and performing…no dice) and Willie Nelson followed. The band most recently released Sweetheart of the Sun, which was produced by Gary Paczosa (Alison Krauss and John Prine) and is grounded in Americana instrumentation, complete with mandolin and fiddle. But the music is moodier and the arrangements are far from run of the mill. Reaction to the album has been stellar as Buddy Miller has called it “simply stunning” and Rolling Stone says that the band is creating some of the finest Americana around.” Still not convinced? Well, the record just got a Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album. Be sure to keep up with the band’s tour dates and join The Greencards’ social pages for the latest info.