Heartstrings (album)

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Heartstrings was the sixth and final solo album released by Canadian singer-songwriter Willie P. Bennett and was released on CD by Bennett's own Bnatural Records in 1998 (Bnatural 0998).

The album was something of a departure for Bennett from his earlier solo work. Reflecting his many years spent playing mandolin in Fred Eaglesmith's band, the songs were mostly written and performed by Bennett on mandolin and harmonica, instead of guitar. The musical territory covered on this album is broader than earlier works. In addition to folk, country, bluegrass and blues, Bennett also incorporates elements of klezmer, gospel and classical. [1]

Willie's first ever music video was filmed for the song "Blue Valentine" featuring Keith Glass and Russell deCarle (of Prairie Oyster). The video was produced by Sean Danby and shot in Golden, British Columbia.

The album won a 1999 Juno Award for "best solo roots and traditional album". [2]

Track listing / Credits[edit]

1. Sunset Pendulum (Music & lyrics by WPB)


2. High Park Feeders (Music & lyrics by WPB)


3. One Vessel (Music & lyrics by WPB)


4. Waltz Time Medley: Will cheats 'em (WPB); Waltz Time (WPB); Devil's Dream 3/4 (Trad. arr. WPB); Devil's Dream 4/4 (Trad. arr. WPB); Big John McNeil (Trad. arr. WPB)


5. (Who's Gonna Get The) Last Word (In) (Music & lyrics by WPB)


6. Happy On The Moon (Music & lyrics by WPB)

  • WPB - guitar, harmonica & vocal
  • Amos Garrett - acoustic archtop guitar


7. Restless Wind (Music & lyrics by WPB)


8. Blue Valentine (Music & lyrics by WPB)


9. Azure (Music & lyrics by WPB)


10. Billy And Jenny (Music & lyrics by WPB)


11. Brave Wings (Music & lyrics by WPB & Stephen Fearing)

  • WPB - harmonica & vocal
  • Stephen Fearing - guitar & harmony vocal


12. Caney Fork River (Music & lyrics by WPB)

  • WPB - guitar & vocal
  • Ken Whiteley - mandolin & 12 string slide guitar
  • Jeff Bird - jaw harp


13. Dismantled Angel (Music & lyrics by WPB)

  • WPB - guitar & vocal
  • Scott Merritt - acoustic organ, tambourine & untuned autoharp
  • Tannis Slimmon - harmony Vocal


14. Heartstrings (Music & lyrics by Tony Quarrington)

  • WPB - vocal
  • 206 Strings, aka:
    • Tony Quarrington - guitar, tenor banjo & 2nd dobro
    • Graham Townsend - fiddle
    • Ken Whiteley - mandolin & mandocello
    • Paul Bailie - percussion
    • Vladimir Gorodkine - cymbalon
    • Michelle Joseph - tambourine
    • Bruce Cockburn - guitar
    • Rodeo String Quartet, aka
      • Sandy Baron - first violin
      • Liz Johnston - second violin
      • Nancy Kersaw - viola
      • Zoltan Rozsnyai - cello
    • Rick Fielding - autoharp
    • Ed Hutchison - first dobro
    • Daisy Debolt - harmony vocals
    • Tannis Slimmon - harmony vocal
    • Jeff Bird - bowed psaltery



  1. ^ *Allmusic Review
  2. ^ *Entry from the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada