South of Delia

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South of Delia
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Studio album by Richard Shindell
Released May 10, 2007
Recorded 2006
Genre folk
Length 52:41
Label Richard Shindell Recordings
Producer Richard Shindell and Greg Anderson
Richard Shindell chronology
Vuelta
(2004)
South of Delia
(2007)
Not Far Now
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
FolkWax (8/10) [2]
Freight Train Boogie 4.5/5 stars [3]
Fretplay 5/5 stars[4]
Sing Out! (favorable) [5]
USA Today 4/4 stars [6]
LyricQuill 4.5/5 stars

South of Delia is the seventh solo album by American folk singer-songwriter Richard Shindell. South of Delia is a cover album. Although he himself is sometimes described as a "songwriter's songwriter,"[7][8] covers are not new to Shindell. In addition to recording a few on his previous solo albums, he was also one third of the folk supergroup / cover band Cry Cry Cry (along with Dar Williams and Lucy Kaplansky). On South of Delia, Shindell covers songs from several songwriting legends, including Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, as well as some from younger up-and-coming writer/performers, such as Jeffrey Foucault and Josh Ritter.

Although the official release date was May 10, 2007, pre-orders began shipping in late March.[9][10] The album began to appear on a number of radio airplay charts prior to its official release (see below).

The title "South of Delia" comes from a line in the Josh Ritter song, "Lawrence, KS". The song was previously recorded by Ritter for his 2001 album, Golden Age of Radio.[11]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Acadian Driftwood" (Robbie Robertson) – 5:33
  2. "Señor (Tales of Yankee Power)" (Bob Dylan) – 4:53
  3. "The Humpback Whale" (Harry Robertson) – 4:56
  4. "Born in the U.S.A." (Bruce Springsteen) – 3:06
    • Richard Shindell – vocal, bouzouki, keyboard, harmony
    • Greg Anderson – mandolin
    • Larry Campbell – electric guitar
    • Mark Dann – electric bass
    • Radoslav Lorković – harmonium
    • Dennis McDermott – drums
    • Ben Wittman – tambourine, cymbal
  5. "Mercy Street" (Peter Gabriel) – 4:18
    • Richard Shindell – vocal, bouzouki, piano, electric guitar, cajón peruano
    • Greg Anderson – electric bass
    • Lucy Kaplansky – harmony
    • Sara Milonovich – low whistle, harmony
  6. "The Storms Are on the Ocean" (A.P. Carter) – 3:19
    • Richard Shindell – vocal, acoustic guitar, bouzouki
    • Sara Milonovich – violin, harmony
    • Viktor Krauss – upright bass
    • Ben Wittman – snare drum
  7. "Northbound 35" (Jeffrey Foucault) – 5:18
    • Richard Shindell – vocal, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, cajón peruano
    • Greg Anderson – electric bass
    • Lucy Kaplansky – harmony
    • Sara Milonovich – violin
    • David Sancious – piano
  8. "Sitting on Top of the World" (trad arr Shindell) – 3:05
    • Richard Shindell – vocal, electric guitar, foot
  9. "Texas Rangers" (trad arr Shindell) – 4:09
    • Richard Shindell – vocal, bouzouki, electric guitar
    • Viktor Krauss – upright bass
    • Dennis McDermott – tom-toms, drum heads, bodhrán, cymbals
    • Richard Thompson – lead guitar
    • Tony Trischka – banjo
    • Ben Wittman – snare drum, garbage can
  10. "Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)" (words: Woody Guthrie, music: Martin Hoffman) – 5:06
  11. "Solo le Pido a Dios" (Leon Gieco) – 4:41
  12. "Lawrence, KS" (Josh Ritter) – 4:10
    • Richard Shindell – vocal, bouzouki, electric guitar, tambourine, cymbal
    • Greg Anderson – electric bass
    • Larry Campbell – pedal steel
    • Lucy Kaplansky – harmony
    • Dennis McDermott – drums
    • Sara Milonovich – violin, harmony

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak Date
Folk DJ-L –; Folk Radio Airplay Chart[12] 3 May 2007
Roots Music Report – Folk Chart[13] 6 May 24, 2007
Americana Music Association – Americana Top 40[14] 31 May 28, 2007
Americana Roots – Top 25 Spins for the last 7 days on Roots Radio[15] Top 25 May 8, 2007

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joe Viglione, "Review: South of Delia", Allmusic
  2. ^ Arthur Wood, "Covers, Yet Still Fresh" [Review], FolkWax, April 26, 2007 (link requires free subscription)
  3. ^ Bill Frater, "Review: Richard shindell - South of Delia", Freight Train Boogie (link to star rating)
  4. ^ McLeese, Don, "Richard Shindell - South of Delia", Fretplay, May 8, 2007
  5. ^ Mike Regenstreif, "Off the Beaten Track: Richard Shindell - South of Delia", Sing Out!, 51:3, Autumn 2007, p.154 (link to on-line copy)
  6. ^ Brian Mansfeild, "Haven't you heard these cover songs before?", USA Today, August 14, 2007
  7. ^ Kim Ruehl, "Artist Profile: Richard Shindell", folkmusic.about.com, December 15, 2006.
  8. ^ Michael Metivier, "Review: Richard Shindell, Vuelta", PopMatters, November 15, 2004
  9. ^ South of Delia page at theconnextion.com (US pre-orders)
  10. ^ Neil Pearson, "Review: Richard Shindell, South of Delia" at FishRecords.com (UK)
  11. ^ Golden Age of Radio page at joshritter.com
  12. ^ "Top Albums of April 2007", (as of May 2007, tied at #3 with Jimmy LaFave's Cimarron Manifesto) compiled by Richard Gillmann from FolkDJ-L radio playlists (155 DJs)
  13. ^ Roots Music Report – Folk Chart
  14. ^ "Last Week AMA Chart" (Archive Playlist for week of Monday, May 7, 2007), Americana Music Association (over 350 stations)
  15. ^ "Top 25 Spins for the last 7 Days on Roots Radio", AmericanaRoots.com, retrieved May 8, 2007

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