Mark Twain Words & Music
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  • “Hello yourself, and see how you like it…” (Jimmy Buffett, Garrison Keillor, Clint Eastwood)
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (01:24) [3.22 MB]
  • When Halley Came To Jackson (Emmylou Harris)
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (03:11) [7.29 MB]
  • “Hannibal, Missouri, where my boyhood was spent…” (Garrison Keillor, Jimmy Buffett, Clint East
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (06:27) [14.78 MB]
  • Better Times A' Comin' (Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver)
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:37) [6 MB]
  • “He agreed to teach me the Mississippi River…” (Garrison Keillor, Jimmy Buffett, Clint Eastwoo
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (03:44) [8.56 MB]
  • Run Mississippi (Rhonda Vincent)
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (03:00) [6.85 MB]
  • “Several years of variegated vagabondizing…” (Garrison Keillor, Jimmy Buffett, Clint Eastwood)
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (02:29) [5.67 MB]
  • A Cowboy In His Soul (Bradley Walker)
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (03:57) [9.04 MB]
  • “It liberates the vandal to travel…” (Garrison Keillor, Jimmy Buffett, Clint Eastwood)
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (01:51) [4.23 MB]
  • Safe Water (Carl Jackson)
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (03:36) [8.25 MB]
  • “You ain’t ever to love anybody but me…” (Garrison Keillor, Clint Eastwood)
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (02:06) [4.8 MB]
  • I Wandered By A Brookside (The Church Sisters)
    Genre: Country Americana
    MP3 (03:37) [8.26 MB]
  • “It was a mighty nice family…” (Garrison Keillor, Clint Eastwood, Angela Lovell)
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (03:50) [8.77 MB]
  • Beautiful Dreamer (Sheryl Crow)
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (02:06) [4.82 MB]
  • “Don’t scrunch up like that, Huckleberry…” (Garrison Keillor, Clint Eastwood, Jimmy Buffett)
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (02:11) [5.02 MB]
  • Huck Finn Blues (Brad Paisley)
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (05:36) [12.83 MB]
  • “The crows would gather on the railing and talk about me…” (Garrison Keillor, Clint Eastwood)
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (02:49) [6.46 MB]
  • Indian Crow (Marty Raybon)
    Genre: Country Americana
    MP3 (03:39) [8.35 MB]
  • “So wounded, so broken-hearted…” (Garrison Keillor, Clint Eastwood)
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (02:31) [5.77 MB]
  • Love Is On Our Side (Val Storey)
    Genre: Country Americana
    MP3 (03:50) [8.78 MB]
  • “Wheresoever she was, there was Eden…” (Garrison Keillor, Clint Eastwood)
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (02:19) [5.29 MB]
  • I Know You By Heart (Vince Gill)
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (03:58) [9.09 MB]
  • “My conscience got to stirring me up hotter than ever…” (Garrison Keillor, Clint Eastwood, Jim
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (03:21) [7.69 MB]
  • Ink (Joe Diffie)
    Genre: Country Americana
    MP3 (04:32) [10.38 MB]
  • “The report of my death was an exaggeration…” (Garrison Keillor, Clint Eastwood)
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (01:28) [3.37 MB]
  • Comet Ride (Ricky Skaggs)
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:52) [6.57 MB]
  • “The truth, mainly…” (Jimmy Buffett, Garrison Keillor)
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (02:03) [4.68 MB]
McPherson 12 string acoustic guitar
Biography
The producers "show deep respect and affection for Twain’s estimable place in American culture." - L.A. Times Review

This star-studded work of Bluegrass and Americana is a BENEFIT for the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum on the banks of the Mississippi River in Hannibal, Missouri.

The album, Mark Twain: Words & Music, is a double-CD telling Twain's life in spoken word and song. This benefit for the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum, a non-profit organization that celebrated its 100th anniversary in May 2012, was created to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Twain's death in 2010 and the 175th anniversary of his birth. It was produced by Grammy award-winning producer Carl Jackson and released on September 21, 2011.

The CD contains 27 tracks - 14 spoken word (with musical background) and 13 songs. The CD sequentially tells the life story of Mark Twain, who was born in 1835 under Halley's Comet and died in 1910 - also under Halley's Comet. The CD was conceived by museum director Cindy Lovell who wrote the narrative and is co-executive producer with Carl Jackson. She and Jackson were childhood friends who had not seen each other in 30+ years until she contacted him to see if he would produce this project.

Carl Jackson is a household name to Nashville musicians and had no trouble matching the perfect voices to each song. Everyone was eager to come on board. Clint Eastwood plays the role of Twain, Jimmy Buffett lends his voice as Huck, Garrison Keillor is the narrator, and Angela Lovell gives voice to Susy Clemens. Singers include Emmylou Harris, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Rhonda Vincent, Bradley Walker, Carl Jackson, The Church Sisters, Sheryl Crow, Brad Paisley, Marty Raybon, Val Storey, Vince Gill, Joe Diffie, and Ricky Skaggs.

Several of the songs are brand new and were written especially for the project. Only one song is from Twain's era (Beautiful Dreamer, sung a cappella by Sheryl Crow). The songs were selected to compliment each story segment, which chronicles Twain's life as a boy in Missouri to his life as a riverboat pilot, journalist, family man, author, world traveler, and social commentator.

The double-CD comes with a 40-page booklet of liner notes that includes photos, song lyrics, and narrative. It is carried on Mailboat Records.

Of special note: Rob Ickes, who plays dobro on the album, was named Best Dobro Player at IBMA in Sept. 2011. Adam Steffey, who plays mandolin on the project, was named Best Mandolin Player at IBMA in Sept. 2011. Some of the harmony voices that can be heard include Joey Martin (of Joey + Rory), Cia Cherryholmes, and Sonya Isaacs. Banjo lovers: listen for Carl Jackson's earth-scorching banjo work on "Run Mississippi." His fingers are still smoking!

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 1 hr. 25 min. 9 sec. (85 min.)

L.A. TIMES Review: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2011/11/in-rotation-mark-twain-words-music.html

OUTLAW MAGAZINE Review:
http://www.outlawmagazine.tv/content/?p=1943

HUFFINGTON POST Back Story:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cindy-lovell/mark-twain-words-music-a-_b_1576051.html

Bob Edwards interviewed executive producer Cindy Lovell for his Sirius XM program:
Part 1: http://www.marktwainmuseum.org/media/MTCD_Cindy1.mp3

Part 2: http://www.marktwainmuseum.org/media/MTCD_Cindy2.mp3


NOTE: Executive producers (Carl Jackson and Cindy Lovell) are available for on-air interviews. Please call 573-221-9010 ext. 402 to schedule.
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  • Members:
    Jimmy Buffett, Garrison Keillor, C Eastwood, Emmylou Harris, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Rhonda Vincent, Bradley Walker, Carl Jackson, Church Sisters, Angela Lovell, Sheryl Crow, Brad Paisley, Marty Raybon, Val Storey, Vince Gill, Joe Diffie, Ricky Skaggs
  • Sounds Like:
    "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" meets Ken Burns with Huck Finn riding shotgun
  • Influences:
    Mark Twain and Americana; also Livin' Lovin' Losin': Songs of the Louvin Brothers
  • AirPlay Direct Member Since:
    11/03/11
  • Profile Last Updated:
    05/22/13 05:49:06
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