Salt Lake City, UT: Kate MacLeod, Courier Music, ASCAP, 2021. First edition. Compact Disc. 2 disc cardboard gatefold CD case, full color layout and disc face. 17 tracks. Disc 1 is composed of electric renditions, while disc 2 is acoustic. Still encased in protective shrinkwrap. New. Item #60660
It’s been said “the universal human experience is in the details of the specific.” In light of this concept, I hope this body of music will reach the hearts of people far beyond the borders of Utah. In these stories and melodies one may find our commonalities and shared human experience. I’ve strived to capture some of the spirit of the American West, the majesty of the landscape, and our commitment to community. I have lived in the state Utah since 1979, and adopted it as my home following growing up in the Washington D.C, area. Utah seems to be misunderstood, and often underestimated by the rest of the world. Hopefully, this project can help bridge some of these cultural gaps. I have to say this, only because of the assumptions I've run into over time, that no, I'm not a Mormon. But I am a Quaker, and that is another story entirely.
The state of Utah became my home in 1979, and since then it has been inspiring my music compositions. From landscape-themed instrumentals, to a journal entry of a pioneer woman, to the complicated issues of uranium mining, this project represents decades of note taking and musical musings. The earliest song included
here dates back to the mid 1980s, with the latest written in 2021. This recording is a culmination of many years and of contributions from talented musicians who’ve shared their gifts. I wasn’t able to include every musician I wished to, but included a many as I was able to. The recordings of these songs, and compiling them into a published format, took over six years to complete.
- Kate MacLeod
Guest musicians include: Charlotte Bell - oboe, Kurt Bestor - piano, Hal Cannon - harmony vocal, Harold Carr - acoustic and electric bass, Mark Chaney - drums, Mandy Danzig - mandolin, acoustic guitar, Robert Dow - acoustic bass, Carla Eskelsen - harmony vocal, Mark Hazel - harmony vocal, Stephen Keen - accordion, Steve Lutz - dobro, Scott MacLeod - acoustic guitar, Mary Otterstrom - fiddle, Nino Reyos - Native American flute and drum, Dan Salini - pedal steel guitar, Dylan Schorer - electric guitar, Bob Smith - drums, Anke Summerhill - harmony vocal, Emmanuel Tellier - piano, Alicia Wrigley - acoustic and electric bass, Morgan Snow - acoustic guitar and harmony vocal, Nathan Simpson - acoustic bass, Greg Midgley - piano, Eric Stoye - drums.