Eliza Gilkyson – Songs From The River Wind, Long a treasured performer in the genres of Folk and Americana, smoky-voiced Eliza Gilkyson has brought us a gently flowing Western gift to brighten a dark time. Gilkyson is a self-confessed wanderer who is now happily grounded in Taos, NM. This new release is enhanced by the sterling musicianship of The Rifters (producer Don Richmond, Rod Taylor & Jim Bradley) and four additional players, at least two of whom are fellow New Mexico “wanderers” Michael Hearne and John Egnes.
Gilkyson’s songwriting prowess comes naturally. Her singer and dad Terry was the creator of such songs as “Cry Of The Wild Goose” and “Greenfields.” Eliza’s lyrics consistently provide keen portraits and charater insights. Original picks include “Charlie Moore,” “Wind River And You” and her frisky song “The Hill Behind This Town.” Pick covers: Her easy lope take of “Wanderin’” and “Buffalo Gals Redux” (both with lyric additions), Hugh Prestwood’s mystical “Bristlecone Pine,” The Rifters’ creatoin “Before The Great River Was Tamed” and (with lyric modifications) “The Colorado Trail.” A crediting note (one I have brought up before): Its creator is now known to have been Eastern composer James A. Bliss, who published it in New York City under the simple name “A Cowboy Song.” This CD is a fine addition to any collection or playlist! Thirteen tracks, very highly recommended.
CD: info through ElizaGilkyson.com or HowlinDogRecords.com
– by Rick Huff