Viridian (album)

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Viridian
The Greencards - Viridian.jpg
Studio album by The Greencards
Released March 6, 2007
Recorded Nashville, Tennessee
Genre Newgrass
Label Dualtone Records
Producer Doug Lancio
The Greencards chronology
Weather and Water
(2005)Weather and Water2005
Viridian
(2007)
Fascination
(2009)Fascination2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars [1]

Viridian is a 2007 studio album by the Austin, Texas bluegrass band The Greencards. Their third Dualtone Records studio album, it was released on March 6, 2007.

Recording[edit]

In 2007, The Greencards were joined by Matt Wingate, a guitarist from Alabama, for their work on Viridian.[2] On their previous albums, The Greencards had individually recorded their separate musical tracks in isolation booths of recording studios, but for Viridian, recorded their album together in real time in an open room, which was said to be a factor in a spontaneous feel for some of the album.[3]

Most of the songs on Viridian are sung by Young, and all of the tracks on Viridian were written by The Greencards, with the exception of "Travel On", which was penned by Kim Richey of Nashville.[4][5] Their sound, through Viridian, was likened to the Canadian alternative country band The Duhks.[4]

Influences[edit]

The recordings on Viridian, in particular the songs "River of Sand", "Waiting on the Night" and "When I Was in Love With You", were said to evoke the sounds of progressive folk rock that emerged in the 1960s.[2] The progressive nature of The Greencards' bluegrass sound has been compared to Nickel Creek and Alison Krauss & Union Station's own musical work to expand bluegrass.[6]

The lyrics on "When I Was in Love With You" were cited as among the most striking on Viridian, and were based in part by McLoughlin on an 1896 poem, "A Shropshire Lad", by Alfred Edward Housman, the English poet.[7] The song was described as a "Pogues-like romp."[5] In a review of Viridian, Embo Blake of Hybrid Magazine noted Carol Young's vocal skill, as she "effortlessly diphthongs cadence" on the track "Waiting On The Night".[8]

According to ABC News in Dallas/Fort Worth, the album has a traditional bluegrass core, with a worldly flavor.[6] Doug Lancio, a producer who had previously worked with Patty Griffin, was said to have been a positive factor in the success of Viridian. Prior to the 2007 album, Lancio had not previously worked with The Greencards.[9]

Acclaim[edit]

After its release, Viridian claimed the #1 position on Billboard Magazine's Bluegrass Music Chart.[10] The Greencards are the first international musical act to ever reach #1 on the Bluegrass Music Chart.[11]

In December 2007, it was announced that their song "Mucky the Duck" from Viridian was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance at the 50th Grammy Awards, but ultimately lost to Brad Paisley's "Throttleneck." Written by Warner, the song was inspired by one of the band's favorite Austin musical venues, The Mucky Duck.[12] Eamon McLoughlin is a regular blogger for Country Music Television.[13] After the Grammy Awards, he wrote about the band's experience at the event.[14]

In the wake of Viridian, The Greencards have been internationally referred to as one of the most popular Americana musical acts in the United States.[3] Bruce Elder of the Sydney Morning Herald called Viridian a tour de force,[15] and has said that the band may, after this album, be the best country music performers to ever come out of Australia.[15]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Waiting on the Night" Carol Young / Jedd Hughes 3:34
2. "Here You Are" Jedd Hughes 3:53
3. "River of Sand" David Mead / Kym Warner 3:53
4. "Who Knows" Carol Young / Kym Warner / Ronnie Bowman 5:32
5. "All the Way From Italy" Jedd Hughes / Kym Warner 4:24
6. "Su Prabhat" Eamon McLoughlin / Robbie Gjersoe 2:06
7. "Shinin' in the Dark" Jerry Salley / Kym Warner 2:44
8. "When I Was in Love With You" Eamon McLoughlin 3:58
9. "I Don't Want to Lose You" Kim Richey 3:13
10. "Lonesome Side of Town" Jerry Salley / Kym Warner 3:35
11. "Travel On" Kim Richey 3:49
12. "Mucky the Duck" Kym Warner 3:27

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r949645
  2. ^ a b Buzz McClain (2007-04-18). "Greencards: Bluegrass With Varied Accents". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-06-01. 
  3. ^ a b "Waiting On The Night". OZtrax, ABC. 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-01. 
  4. ^ a b Jim Moulton (2007). "The Greencards - Viridian". Country Stars Online. Retrieved 2008-06-01. [dead link]
  5. ^ a b Geoffrey Himes (2007-04-13). "THE GREENCARDS "Viridian" Dualtone". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-06-01. 
  6. ^ a b Mario Tarradell (2007). "The Greencards". WFAA Dallas-Fort Worth. Retrieved 2008-06-01. [dead link]
  7. ^ Naila Francis (August 16, 2007). "The Greencards' musical meanderings tend to influences from far and wide, with an eye always toward tradition.". The Philadelphia Intelligencer. 
  8. ^ Embo Blake (2007). "The Greencards Viridian". Hybrid Magazine. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  9. ^ Scott Iwasaki (2007). "Greencards drawn to American roots music". Deseret News. Retrieved 2008-06-01. 
  10. ^ Tom Mayer (2007). "The Greencards blend bluegrass, country and pop in Bayboro". Sun Journal. Retrieved 2008-06-01. 
  11. ^ Richard O Jones (2007). "Bluegrass chart toppers perform at Southgate House". Middletown Journal. Retrieved 2008-06-01. 
  12. ^ Keith Ryan Cartwright (2008). "International musicians unite with ‘Greencards'". The Post and Courier. Retrieved 2008-06-01. 
  13. ^ "Country Music Blog: Eamon McLoughlin". Country Music Television. 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-01. 
  14. ^ Eamon McLoughlin (2008). "Grammy Nomination Raises the Bar". Country Music Television. Retrieved 2008-06-01. 
  15. ^ a b Bruce Elder (2007-04-28). "Viridian". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 

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