Dark Chords on a Big Guitar

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Dark Chords on a Big Guitar
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 9, 2003[1]
RecordedAllaire Studios, Shokan, New York, January - April 2003
GenreFolk
Length44:38
LabelKoch
ProducerMark Spector
Joan Baez chronology
Gone From Danger
(1997)
Dark Chords on a Big Guitar
(2003)
Bowery Songs
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

Dark Chords on a Big Guitar is a 2003 album by Joan Baez. The album is more rock-oriented than her prior releases, and it is mostly composed of work by Generation X songwriters, including Natalie Merchant, Ryan Adams and Steve Earle. The title was taken from a line in Greg Brown's song "Rexroth's Daughter". Critics and listeners were surprised that Baez's voice had lost little of its original power and beauty[citation needed], given that she was sixty-two when she made the album.

The album, produced by Mark Spector, was recorded at Allaire Studios, Shokan, New York, from January to April 2003. Backing musicians included George Javori and Duke McVinnie.

Baez dedicated the album to Michael Moore.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Sleeper" (Greg Brown) – 4:35
  2. "In My Time of Need" (Ryan Adams) – 4:33
  3. "Rosemary Moore" (Caitlin Cary) – 5:15
  4. "Caleb Meyer" (Gillian Welch, David Rawlings) – 2:31
  5. "Motherland" (Natalie Merchant) – 4:44
  6. "Wings" (Josh Ritter) – 4:01
  7. "Rexroth's Daughter" (Greg Brown) – 5:19
  8. "Elvis Presley Blues" (Gillian Welch, David Rawlings) – 4:40
  9. "King's Highway" (Joe Henry) – 3:28
  10. "Christmas in Washington" (Steve Earle) – 5:13

Personnel[edit]

  • Rani Arbo – Background Vocals
  • Greg Calbi – Mastering
  • Steve Chadie – Assistant Engineer
  • Matthew Cullen – Assistant Engineer
  • Gail Ann Dorsey – Background Vocals
  • James Harley – Assistant Engineer
  • Byron Isaacs – Electric & Acoustic Bass
  • George Javori – Drums
  • Brandon Mason – Engineer, Mixing
  • Duke McVinnie – Guitar, Bass
  • Norman Moore – Art Direction, Design, Photography
  • Doug Pettibone – Acoustic Guitar
  • Bo Ramsey – Producer
  • Mark Spector – Producer
  • Greg Tobler – Assistant Engineer
  • Tom Tucker – Engineer
  • Dana Tynan – Photography

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[2] 39

References[edit]