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Dear Jean - CD tribute to Jean Ritchie

24 Aug 14 - 03:25 PM (#3653590)
Subject: Dear Jean c.d. tribute to Jean Ritchie
From: open mike

Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie

I played a couple of cuts from this wonderful project on my radio show yesterday...good job!!


thought there would be a thread about it, but search did not come up with one....please combine if there is already a discussion on this..


24 Aug 14 - 03:33 PM (#3653595)
Subject: RE: Dear Jean c.d. tribute to Jean Ritchie
From: maeve

Here is an excerpt from the "About" section of the above link:

"Dear Jean - Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie brings together a diverse group of musicians to honor the "mother of folk music," Jean Ritchie.

Description
For the past two years, folk artists from around the world have been gathering in studios to honor Jean Ritchie. The result of their efforts is a 2 CD set of new recordings, featuring a diverse array of musicians - older, younger, well known and just emerging on the scene. Each track honors Jean Ritchie and the music she has brought to so many of us.

Produced by Mick Lane, Charlie Pilzer and Dan Schatz, Dear Jean will be released on Compass Records September 2, 2014."


24 Aug 14 - 03:39 PM (#3653597)
Subject: RE: Dear Jean c.d. tribute to Jean Ritchie
From: open mike

http://folkworks.org/columns/singin-the-moon-up-susie-glaze/42400-dear-jean-artists-celebrate-jean-ritchie


http://worldmusiccentral.org/2014/08/15/american-folk-musicians-team-up-for-two-cd-tribute-to-jean-ritchie/

http://compassrecords.com/news.php?story=909

the organizers of this c.d. held a concert which Jean was able to attend http://union-church.org/dearjean/


24 Aug 14 - 11:21 PM (#3653728)
Subject: RE: Dear Jean c.d. tribute to Jean Ritchie
From: Dan Schatz

You know, I've been meaning to put up a thread, but things have been so crazy. Yes, we made a CD for our beloved KYTrad. After we did the Singing Through the Hard Times CD, Jean wrote me and told me how wonderful she thought it was, and half jokingly said she hoped someone would do something like that for her one day. I filed that away in the back of my mind. A few years later, after Jean's stroke, Mick and I were talkng and he said that in one of his visits with her in Kentucky, she had said she was worried her old friends might forget about her. Together we decided it was that it was time to start working on that CD. We asked Charlie Pilzer to join us as the third co-producer (as well as mastering engineer), and the three of us been working on it ever since - a little over two years now. It's intense at the moment - right now I'm in Lexington, Kentucky getting ready to film a one hour a Woodsongs special about Jean and the CD.

It's been amazing and wonderful to see the CD come to fruition, and to work with artists as diverse as Janis Ian and Archie Fisher, not to mention folks like Elizabeth LaPrelle (who will be joining us tomorrow night), Kim and Reggie Harris, Kathy Mattea, John McCutcheon and of course Pete Seeger, not to mention Susie Glaze, mentioned above - we went for and I think achieved a real diversity. And it's also amazing to work with the folks at Appalachian Voices, and add our voices to Jean's in the campaign against mountaintop removal.

But of all the things that have happened as we've brought the CD out, the most amazing by far was the Berea concert. Jean has been mostly at home in her small house in Berea since George died, living a happy enough but very quiet life. When they wheeled her in, there was a standing ovation for about a minute. She normally goes to sleep around 7:30, but she stayed for the entire show, front row and center, singing with every one of her old songs. I swear I started crying just watching her during my verse of "Black Waters." When Mick gave her the very first copy of the CD - we'd only gotten them in that day - he said, "Can you feel all this love, Jean?" And she could - apparently she's been talkng about it ever since.

I cannot begin to describe the spirit in the room that night - Kathy Mattea said that twenty years from now, we'll all be saying we were there - but I'll try to post a few pictures on the Dear Jean Facebook page, over the next couple weeks. I can give you this video of "Brightest and Best", which I took on my cell phone - you mostly see a potted plant, but you can also see Jean, singing along with her son Jon Pickow, Susie Glaze and Susie's husband Steve Rankin, as they sang Jean's very favorite song. Listen with headphones if you can, and just feel the beauty in the room. And note the number of folks wiping their eyes.

At the end of the show, Kathy got Susie, John McCutcheon and the rest of us back to sing a great version of "Jubilee" (similar to what's on the CD), and then we all stepped down from the stage. I went to Jean and said, "Would you like to sing with us?" She said yes, so we turned her around to face the packed audience. Then Jon led us all in "Peace Round." When people started getting off rhythm, Jean conducted us. After that the performers backed away and we invited all the Ritchie Family members in the audience - and there were a bunch, from all over the country - to close the night with their traditional goodnight song, "Twilight A-Stealing," led by Jean's nieces. They ranged in age from 4 to 94, but even the four year old knew the whole song by heart.

It was a magical, wonderful night, because we got to show Jean in person the love that went into every track on this CD, and we knew she felt it. The nicest thing is that she still had the CD - which she listens to all the time - and she will always know how loved she is. As a bonus, the rest of us get the CD too, and I can tell you without bias that there's a lot of first rate music on there, including some real earth-shatteringly amazing gems.

Official release on Compass Records is September 2, but you can pre-order copies right now at the Compass website, on sale for $14.99 - a significant discount and a great deal for a 2 CD set. (Or, if you're near Lexington, come to the Lyric Theater tomorrow night.) And thanks, Open Mike and Maeve, for posting. I'm glad you like it!

Dan Schatz


25 Aug 14 - 12:58 AM (#3653736)
Subject: RE: Dear Jean c.d. tribute to Jean Ritchie
From: open mike

Bless you for your work on this...how wonderful that Jean was able to join in!! I am glad i started a thread on this....surprised there was not one already!!

I hope everyone will get a copy---this is a collection you will treasure! I am honored for the opportunity to share this over the airwaves. I share a time slot with Woodsongs and I will watch for the PBS special...please let us know when it will air, if you get a head's up.


25 Aug 14 - 01:44 AM (#3653741)
Subject: RE: Dear Jean c.d. tribute to Jean Ritchie
From: bbc

Thanks to Dan & all involved parties! It's a great recording! I was able to get one copy, early, from our own Deb Cowan & have a second on the way from Amazon Smile, right now. This is a purchase you won't regret!

best,

bbc


25 Aug 14 - 08:36 AM (#3653821)
Subject: RE: Dear Jean c.d. tribute to Jean Ritchie
From: maeve

Dan- I knew nothing about it. If open mike hadn't started the thread I'd still not know. (Thanks, Laurel.) I'm certain I'd like both the cd and the concert. Thanks to all who participated.

Would that I had been there. Perhaps I can buy the cd some day, but to have seen Jean in the midst of all that singing and loving...

If you have an opportunity, kindly remind Jean that there are uncounted numbers of people around the world who also love and honor her... including a nobody in Maine.

Maeve


26 Aug 14 - 08:20 AM (#3654213)
Subject: RE: Dear Jean - CD tribute to Jean Ritchie
From: maeve

There are a few song samples on the Compass Records site:
http://compassrecords.com/album.php?id=1065


27 Aug 14 - 09:49 PM (#3654321)
Subject: RE: Dear Jean - CD tribute to Jean Ritchie
From: Joe Offer

I certainly think this thread should be refreshed.


28 Aug 14 - 05:16 PM (#3654699)
Subject: RE: Dear Jean - CD tribute to Jean Ritchie
From: maeve

I agree.


28 Aug 14 - 05:55 PM (#3654718)
Subject: RE: Dear Jean - CD tribute to Jean Ritchie
From: GUEST,Roisin White

Hello Jean, great there is a CD coming out!!We love the recordings you did with Bess Cronin in Baile Mhic Ire, wonderful photos. Good health and thank you. R


28 Aug 14 - 08:35 PM (#3654770)
Subject: RE: Dear Jean - CD tribute to Jean Ritchie
From: Dan Schatz

We've put a picture of Jean and the performers from the Dear Jean concert in Berea, Kentucky up on the Dear Jean Facebook page.

Dan


28 Aug 14 - 09:23 PM (#3654782)
Subject: RE: Dear Jean - CD tribute to Jean Ritchie
From: ranger1

Being the favorite ranger for one of the producers has its perks. I've had my copy for a month now, and it's an absolutely amazing CD. Been in pretty much constant play since I got it.


29 Aug 14 - 12:12 PM (#3654953)
Subject: RE: Dear Jean - CD tribute to Jean Ritchie
From: Anglo


29 Aug 14 - 03:28 PM (#3655020)
Subject: RE: Dear Jean - CD tribute to Jean Ritchie
From: Felipa

a lovely thing to do; I'll be looking out for the CD and hope Jean can enjoy it too


29 Aug 14 - 03:36 PM (#3655022)
Subject: RE: Dear Jean - CD tribute to Jean Ritchie
From: Felipa

I see Jean enjoyed the project very much
https://www.facebook.com/DearJeanCD/photos/a.1476863479232248.1073741828.1472525342999395/1483521861899743/?type=1&theater


30 Aug 14 - 12:32 PM (#3655275)
Subject: RE: Dear Jean - CD tribute to Jean Ritchie
From: JedMarum

Wow - What a great idea and great project!!


30 Aug 14 - 07:44 PM (#3655375)
Subject: RE: Dear Jean - CD tribute to Jean Ritchie
From: Dan Schatz

Here's the full track list from the CD.


Dear Jean Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie

1 John McCutcheon, Tim O'Brien, Suzy Bogguss, Kathy Mattea, Stuart Duncan and Bryn Davies Black Waters

2 Molly Andrews Now Is the Cool of the Day

3 Robin and Linda Williams with John Jennings The L&N Don't Stop Here Anymore

4 Janis Ian Morning Come, Maria's Gone

5 Sally Rogers and Howie Bursen Lord Bateman

6 Al, Alice and Ruth High Hills and Mountains

7 Peggy Seeger Young Man Who Wouldn't Raise Corn

8 Susie Glaze West Virginia Mine Disaster

9 Mick Lane with Pat Broaders With Kitty I'll Go

10 Pete Seeger I Celebrate Life (spoken word)

11 Kathy Reid-Naiman Pretty Betty Martin

12 Sparky and Rhonda Rucker Shady Grove

13 Sam Amidon The Cuckoo

14 Dan Schatz Thousand Mile Blues

15 Riki Schneyer Blue Diamond Mines

16 John McCutcheon The Bluebird Song

17 Dale Ann Bradley and Alison Brown Go Dig My Grave

18 Kathy Mattea and Friends Jubilee

CD 2:

1 Judy Collins One I Love

2 Kim and Reggie Harris Let the Sun Shine Down on Me

3 Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer My Dear Companion

4 Peter Pickow, Jon Pickow, and Kenny Kosek Last Old Train's A-Leavin'

5 Debra Cowan and John Roberts Wintergrace

6 Robbie O'Connell Pretty Saro

7 Elizabeth LaPrelle Fair Nottamun Town

8 Matt Brown Golden Ring Around the Susan Girl (instrumental)

9 Atwater-Donnelly I've Been a Foreign Lander

10 Rachael Davis One More Mile

11 Magpie Farewell to the Mountains

12 Starry Mountain Singers I've Got a Mother

13 Big Medicine Jemmy Taylor-o

14 Lorraine and Bennett Hammond Brightest and Best

15 Ralston Bowles and May Erlewine-Bernard Hangman

16 Archie Fisher Jackaro

17 Oscar Brand and Jean Ritchie Who Killed Cock Robin?

19 The Ritchie Nieces (Judy Ritchie Hudson, Susie Ritchie, Patty Tarter and Joy Powers) Twilight A-stealing

20 Jean Ritchie and friends The Peace Round


Dan


30 Aug 14 - 11:29 PM (#3655412)
Subject: RE: Dear Jean - CD tribute to Jean Ritchie
From: bbc

Excellent material & performers!

Barbara


01 Sep 14 - 11:03 AM (#3655837)
Subject: RE: Dear Jean - CD tribute to Jean Ritchie
From: Dan Schatz

We're all pretty excited - after almost two and a half years, the CD officially releases tomorrow!

Dan


01 Sep 14 - 11:39 AM (#3655850)
Subject: RE: Dear Jean - CD tribute to Jean Ritchie
From: maeve

It's a wonderful and timely project. Thanks again to all who worked together to make it happen so Jean and her family can enjoy its birth!


01 Sep 14 - 07:18 PM (#3655961)
Subject: RE: Dear Jean - CD tribute to Jean Ritchie
From: Gorgeous Gary

One presumes a pile of CD's will appear (and probably quickly *dis*appear) at the Getaway?

-- Gary


01 Sep 14 - 07:44 PM (#3655967)
Subject: RE: Dear Jean - CD tribute to Jean Ritchie
From: Dan Schatz

There will be lots of CDs at the Getaway - enough for you and all your holiday shopping!

Dan


02 Sep 14 - 05:39 PM (#3656250)
Subject: RE: Dear Jean - CD tribute to Jean Ritchie
From: bbc

Thanks again, Dan! Just got word that my second copy is on the way!

Barbara


02 Sep 14 - 08:24 PM (#3656305)
Subject: RE: Dear Jean - CD tribute to Jean Ritchie
From: Dan Schatz

Maybe we should offer a bulk discount....

Dan


06 Sep 14 - 06:27 PM (#3657937)
Subject: RE: Dear Jean - CD tribute to Jean Ritchie
From: Dan Schatz

In case folks haven't seen it yet, there's a video of "Black Waters" from the CD. Performers are John McCutcheon, Tim O'Brien, Suzy Bogguss, Kathy Mattea, Stuart Duncan and Bryn Davies.

Dan


11 Sep 14 - 04:20 AM (#3659234)
Subject: RE: Dear Jean - CD tribute to Jean Ritchie
From: Genie

Thanks for that video link, Dan. I have the audio and it's great!


11 Sep 14 - 04:40 PM (#3659452)
Subject: RE: Dear Jean - CD tribute to Jean Ritchie
From: Richard Mellish

The second line of that song sounds like "Tucky's my home". Is that an authentic variant of "Kentucky" or is it an instance of the common phenomenon of a singer forgetting to turn the voice on at the beginning of a line? Jean herself clearly sings "Kentucky".


26 Oct 14 - 11:52 PM (#3672323)
Subject: RE: Dear Jean - CD tribute to Jean Ritchie
From: GUEST,Dan without cookie

Richard, I wouldn't overthink it too much - most likely it's just a case of a swallowed syllable. It happens somewhere on almost every recording.

Dan


27 Oct 14 - 08:00 PM (#3672515)
Subject: RE: Dear Jean - CD tribute to Jean Ritchie
From: Guy Wolff

SO great to hear about this . So glad I stopped in for a visit long over due . Regards to all my old friends here ! Guy <><><><><>


02 Dec 14 - 02:50 AM (#3681659)
Subject: RE: Dear Jean - CD tribute to Jean Ritchie
From: Genie

Good to have you check in again, Guy!