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Morrison, Cahalen & Eli West / I'll Swing My Hammer With Both My Hands
Album:I'll Swing My Hammer With Both My Hands Collection:Review Shelf
Artist:Morrison, Cahalen & Eli West Added:02/2014
Label:Heaven Hill Entertainment 

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Add Date:2014-09-26 Pull Date:2014-11-28 Charts:Country/Bluegrass
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Album Review
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Reviewed 2014-09-26 
Exceptional album. Acoustic music with very fine songwriting, playing & vocals. A tour thru folk, bluegrass, cowboy songs, Texas swing, you name it. And it’s all good. Cahalen gets most of the lead vox, with Eli doing harmony; they switch on a few numbers. Cahalen plays banjo, mandolin, and dobro. Eli plays acoustic guitar. Guests add fiddle and bass.

No FCC issues.

1 * Mid-tempo. Nice vocal harmony with banjo and guitar interplay. (3:30)
2 ** Mid-fast. High & lonesome sound. A fiddle quotes “Battle of New Orleans.” (2:37)
3 ** Mid-fast. Joyous. Eli’s singing is wonderful. Guitar and mandolin. (4:06)
4 Mid-fast. Cahalen sings Ralph Stanley-styel. Banjo, guitar & fiddle. Merely good. (3:25)
5 * Mid-tempo. Clever, original folk song about Mama, Daddy and the family mule. Beautiful vocal harmony. Banjo & guitar. (3:27)
6 * Mid-tempo swing. Eli croons a pretty love song a la Bob Wills. Guitar & fiddle. (4:01)
7 Slow. Cahalen sings a spare, lonely cowboy song. Guitar accompaniment. (4:36)
8 Mid-fast then fast. Instrumental folk dance medley. Good for a mic break or PSA. (4:38)
9 *** Mid-fast. A folk-song masterpiece. Excellent lyrics & singing. Perfect mandolin & guitar. A life spent on hard jobs is rewarded by the love of a faithful woman. (4:06)
10 Mid-tempo. Cover of a Louvin Bros’ tune is good, not great. (2:36)
11 * Mid-slow. Eli sings uplifting country-gospel testimony. Cahalen’s harmony and mandolin fill it out. (2:35)
12 Mid-slow. Another with a religious theme. A call to repent. (4:31)
13 Very slow. Nicely sung funeral prayer. (3:07)
14 Mid-fast. Instrumental reprise of track 1 (2:07)

Track Listing
1.Fiddlehead Fern 8.Ritzville/Steamboats On The Saskatchewan
2.Livin' In America 9.Off The Chama
3.Pocket Full Of Dust 10.Lorene
4.Anxious Rows 11.Green Pastures
5.James Is Out 12.Sinner, Come Home
6.Natural Thing To Do 13.Voices Of Evening
7.Down In The Lonesome Draw 14.Fiddlehead Fern Reprise