Cackalack

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Cackalack
Cackalack.jpg
Studio album by Jonathan Byrd
Released November 2010
Recorded November 23, 2009
Genre folk, Americana, bluegrass, singer-songwriter
Label Waterbug Records
Producer Jonathan Byrd
Jonathan Byrd chronology
The Law and the Lonesome
2008
Cackalack
2010

Cackalack is a 2010 studio album by Americana singer-songwriter Jonathan Byrd. The title is a variation of the word "Cackalacky", a popular (though at times derogatory) nickname for the Carolinas and the songs all connect to the culture and music of Byrd's home state of North Carolina. The album was recorded in a single day with a group of musicians, including members of Creaking Tree String Quartet.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Folk Alley (favorable)[1]
Public Radio East (favorable)[2]
The Folk Show (favorable)[3]
Scattered Black and Whites (favorable)[4]

The recording was well received by DJs playing folk and Americana music formats. It reached #22 on the Americana Music Association radio chart during the week of February 7, 2011.[5] The album was also ranked #3 for the month of January 2011 on the Folk DJ-L radio chart. The most played tracks included "Cakalack!" and "I Was An Oak Tree".[6] The album also reached #1 on the Roots Music Report "Top 50 Folk" chart.[7]

In a review, Folk Alley's Jim Blum described the album as "much more rootsy than his previous releases, and sometimes quite bluegrassy.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Jonathan Byrd unless indicated otherwise

  1. "Chicken Wire" (Jonathan Byrd & Tom Gould) – 3:39
  2. "Wild Ponies" – 4:41
  3. "I Was an Oak Tree" – 2:44
  4. "Reckon I Did" – 3:48
  5. "New Moon Rise" – 3:53
  6. "Dungarees Overalls" – 2:10
  7. "Father's Day" – 4:01
  8. "White Oak Wood" – 3:24
  9. "Scuppernong" – 3:11
  10. "Cackalack!" (Jonathan Byrd & Leonard Podolak) – 2:18

"Livers & Gizzards" (Hidden tracks/outtakes available as WAV files on the CD release)

  1. "38 Baby" – 2:49
  2. "Amelia My Dream" – 5:15
  3. "Arkansas Traveler's Check" (traditional) – 3:01
  4. "Blackberry Blossom" (traditional) – 2:21
  5. "Dream Life" – 3:20
  6. "Maureen" – 3:01

Credits[edit]

Musicians:

Production:

  • Produced – Jonathan Byrd
  • Executive producers – Ed & Jand Grant, Jim & Brenda Prescott
  • Recorded – Ken Whitely & Nik Tjelios at Casa Wroxton, Toronto, Ontario, November 23, 2009
  • Mixed – Jonathan Byrd & Jerry Brown at The Bonus Room, Hillsborough, North Carolina, & The Rubber Room, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Baby photo – Darling Art, (darling-art.com)
  • Design – John Dixon (haledixon.com)

Notes and sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jim Blum, Review: Jonathan Byrd ~ Cackalack, Folk Alley Blog, January 18, 2011
  2. ^ George Olsen, Arts & Culture: Cackalack - Jonathan Byrd, Public Radio East, February 4, 2011
  3. ^ Mel DeYoung (Folk Show Coordinator), New CD: Jonathan Byrd, The Folk Show Forum, WPSU, November 29, 2010
  4. ^ Jason Bloom, Jonathan Byrd, Scattered Black and Whites (scatterbaw.com), January 27, 2011
  5. ^ Radio chart at americanaradio.org for the Americana Music Association. (accessed February 21, 2011; chart shows Cackalack at #24 w/ 138 spins for the week of February 14, 2011, #22 w/ 141 spins for previous week, #23 w/ 135 spins for two weeks prior)
  6. ^ Richard Gillmann, Top Folk Albums, Songs, Artists and Labels of January 2011 (with DJ list), at folkradio.org. See also Top Folk Albums, Songs, Artists and Labels of December 2010 (with DJ list)
  7. ^ Top 50 Folk at rootsmusicreport.com, this chart is also linked by Cashbox Magazine. (accessed February 4, 2011--showing rank at #2 for current & previous week; was ranked #1 as of January 14, 2011)