Gum Tree Canoe

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Gum Tree Canoe
Studio album by John Hartford
Released 1978
Genre Bluegrass
Label Flying Fish
Producer Jack Clement
John Hartford chronology
Me Oh My, How the Time Does Fly: A John Hartford Anthology
Gum Tree Canoe
Annual Waltz

Gum Tree Canoe is an album by the American musician John Hartford, released in 1984. It was reissued on CD in 2001 with two additional tracks.[1]


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Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link

Writing for Allmusic, critic Brian Beatty wrote "Hartford's most even Flying Fish album, with equal measures of songwriting whimsy and expert musicianship, Gum Tree Canoe includes a number of tunes that would remain concert staples for the length of his career... there's not a clinker to be heard. Hartford's banjo playing is exceptional, as is the accompaniment provided by a host of fine country, bluegrass, and new grass pickers... Riverboat tales, an R&B staple, and the Rolling Stones couldn't sound more at home together than they do on this fine album from one of roots music's genuine originals."[1] John Lupton of Country Standard Time wrote "this is Hartford at his entertaining best, a bittersweet reminder of how much was lost to us when he passed away..."[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I'm Still Here" (John Hartford) – 3:26
  2. "Way Down the River Road" (Hartford) – 2:18
  3. "Gum Tree Canoe" (S. S. Steele) – 4:07
  4. "Your Long Journey" (Doc Watson, Rosa Lee Watson) – 2:27
  5. "Jug Harris" (Hartford) – 2:25
  6. "Little Piece of My Heart" (Burt Burns, Jerry Ragavoy) – 3:12
  7. "Take Me Back to My Mississippi" (John Carso) – 3:53
  8. "Lorena" (Joseph Philbrick Webster, Henry DeLafayette Webster) – 4:45
  9. "Wrong Road Again" (Allen Reynolds) – 2:48
  10. "No Expectations" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) – 4:03
    2001 reissue bonus tracks:
  11. "You Asked Me To" (Waylon Jennings, Billy Joe Shaver) – 3:48
  12. "I Wonder Where You Are Tonight" (Johnny Bond) – 4:13



  • Produced by Jack Clement
  • Richard Adler – remixing
  • Bob Carlin – mixing
  • Wes Lachot – mixing
  • Niles Clement – assistant engineer
  • Jim Rooney – assistant engineer
  • Dr. Toby Mountain – mastering


  1. ^ a b Beatty, Brian. "Gum Tree Canoe' > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ Lupton, John. "Gum Tree Canoe > Review". Country Standard Time. Retrieved July 11, 2011.