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The Wabash Volume II /  Various

The Wabash Volume II / Various

  • By Various Artists
  • Release 04/10/2013
  • Music Genre Country
  • Media Format CD
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Passion for the Wabash River runs deep in Indiana. That reality has become obvious during Terre Haute's year-long 2013 Year of the River celebration and through the creation of "The Wabash: Volume II." The new album features musical artists with Hoosier and Wabash Valley ties. "The Wabash: Volume II" follows the popular album, "The Wabash," which was released in December of 2012. A complement to the first collection, "Volume II" explores additional genres with a dozen musical acts performing new original and classic songs inspired by the Wabash - Indiana's official state river. Proceeds from sales of the new CD, along that of it's predecessor, will fund a riverside sculpture honoring the music of Paul Dresser, the Terre Haute-born composer of "On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away," Indiana's state song. Fittingly, the final track on "The Wabash: Volume II" is a touching rendition of Dresser's song, sung live in Terre Haute in the summer of 2013 by his great-niece, Tedi Dreiser Godard, a theatrical performer now living in California. Godard's dramatic finale caps a diverse compilation of songs, ranging from classical, Western swing, folk, alternative rock, punk-country, adult-contemporary, a lullaby, and three virtuoso instrumental tracks involving solo guitar, a piano-cello duet, and a twosome of guitar and bass. The origins of all 12 numbers trace back to the Wabash. Eight were composed specifically for "The Wabash: Volume II." The companion musical albums reflect the reconnection with the Wabash, the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi. The disc opens in moving fashion, with the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra - the second longest-running symphony in the state - performing "River Fanfare: On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away," an original arrangement by Terre Haute's David Watkins. Classical gives way to Western, as John England and the Western Swingers deliver a lively, smile-inducing version of "Back Home Again (In Indiana)," a song forever connected to Dresser's "On the Banks of the Wabash." The early-20th-century composers of "Back Home Again" (Ballard MacDonald and James F. Hanley) heavily borrowed lyrically and musically from Dresser to craft their song, which gained fame through it's performance annually by Jim Nabors at the Indianapolis 500. Unlike Nabors' rendition, England and the Western Swingers present the song's rarely heard opening verse. England, a Terre Haute native, now performs with his band in Nashville, Tenn. Another Vigo Countian transplanted in Nashville is singer-guitarist Tim Carroll, who penned the toe-tapping "Little Muddy" for "The Wabash: Volume II." Likewise, Rockville native Cari Ray now performs around Indianapolis, and she contributed the stirring spiritual "Wade On In" for the new album. Joining "River Fanfare" on the CD's list of instrumentals is the lovely "Old River" by deft guitarist Kade Puckett, an entrancing serenade "Rainfall on the Wabash" by cellist Kimberly Burger and pianist Nicholas Spidel, and a cool, jazzy run-up of the 1920s classic, "Wabash Blues," by guitarist Paul Sturm and bassist Jerome Cheatham. Lyrical melodies - all original - are illuminated on the lush folk-rocker "There's A River" by the Paul Bertsch Band, the edgy and captivating "Swimming" by Highland Reunion (a duo of former Terre Hauteans now in Nashville, Jon DaCosta and Jimmy Rinehart), the mellow "She Loves Me the Wabash Way" by Highway 63, and the gentle "River Lullaby" by theatrical singer Samantha Hayes. The songs follow the footsteps of Dresser, a famed 19th-century composer whose boyhood memories of the river inspired him to write "On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away" in 1897. The melodic, sentimental song became a sheet-music million-seller for Dresser. In 1913, the Indiana Legislature made Dresser's masterpiece the official state song.


Artist: Various Artists
Title: The Wabash Volume II / Various
Genre: Country
Theme: Compilations
Release Date: 04/10/2013
Label: CD Baby
Media Format: CD
UPC: 700261391014


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