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1. America's Waiting == 2. Go Wake a Heart == 3. Chicken House == 4. The Passunder (New Orleans) == 5. Semper Fi == 6. The Cure == 7. The Darker the Night (the Brighter the Stars) == 8. Reggie's Question (What's In A Name) == 9. The Prodigal == 10. Without You with Me == 11. The Jesse Tree ==

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: John Flynn/Flying Stone Music
  • ASIN: B002HZ8G5C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,120 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Ramm TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 22, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Another socially conscious album from Flynn based on his travels

John Flynn's past CDs have always have always contained message songs and this one is loaded with them. I've always enjoyed his voice - its smooth, yet powerful, and he makes you want to sing along. (The problem sometimes is that he crams so many words into a song that it can be difficult to keep up with him). I also love to see him perform live. His passion is evident and he gets some of the best musicians to accompany him.

This new album is loaded with socially conscious message songs. Tree of them stem from his work as a facilitator in the "Beginnings" program at a Southeastern Pennsylvania prison, one reflects on a mass murder in a small Amish schoolhouse and the title track describes both the beauty and decay of our country as seen from an Amtrak train. Other subjects covered include returning war veterans ("Semper Fi") and = in the centerpiece of the album, the seven-minute long "The Passunder (new Orleans)" - the incompetence of the U.S. government after Hurricane Katrina. The arrangement run from heavy electric guitar arrangements to country (with producer Steve Fishell on both pedal steel and dobro) to the Flynn and a solo ukulele on "The Jesse Tree" which closes the CD. The album was recorded in Nashville, so that accounts for some of the sound.

The sound is excellent, though "Go Wake A Heart" had too much echo, inconsistent with the rest of the album.

Flynn's says things that need to be said, and both his passion and compassion are obvious. I personally preferred his earlier albums ("Two Wolves", for instance), but there are songs here - like the title track and "Without You with me" - that may see a longer life. If you can see him play live, by all means do so. And check out his other CDs too!

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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I bought this CD at one of John Flynn's concerts. He struck me as a great folk artist--one whom more people needed to hear. Great voice, well crafted tunes with socially aware lyrics. He certainly should be better known. But such is the music industry these days.

It did kinda surprise me though that this particular CD was so "countrified" though. He did a few tracks from the same in concert, and as solo efforts, they were much folkier. Heck, even his wonderful voice sounds a little different on this recording. Live, he seemed not to mind the (very) occasional vocal rough spot. On this record, his voicals are contemporary country-pop smooth. In other words, he sounds like a lot of other guys in Nashville. Not a bad thing, and I'm not really complaining. It's really a gorgeous record, well played, well produced and not a bad song on it really.

But I'll admit it did take me some time to get into the record. I gather--from looking at other reviews--that some of his earlier recordings might have been truer to my particular concert experience. But you know what, it's as good for listeners to stretch as it is for artists. Plainly, John Flynn is a versatile singer and songwriter, capable of crossing over from one genre to another with grace and ease. I'm actually glad that this is my entree into John Flynn's recorded work. It serves as a reminder of the common roots of country and folk (and rock too).

PS--Judging from a photo included on the inner sleeve (or whatever they're calling it these days), it seems that John has performed with an actual band called "America's Waiting," That may have been a temp gig--perhaps with the musicians who backed him on the record. They at least did a few Nashville gigs.
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I had the distinct honor and pleasure of hearing this artist perform most of these songs (and more!) last night @ the Steel City Coffee House in Phoenixville (PA). What a shame it was the night of game three of the World Series in the heart of Phillies country, and the crowd was smaller than it should have been! Even so, John put his heart and soul into each song!
I say "honor and pleasure", because from the opening song it was obvious that this man is a World Class Performer! Having been a "fan" of this type of music for most of my six decades, I have seen and heard all of the "greats" - I believe John Flynn is among the best!
He pours his superior powers of observation, a great sense of humor, deep caring about his fellow humans, and wit into the songs he writes. He then performs them with skillful musicianship, both with his guitar and his voice. Unlike so many "folk" singer-songwriters, John has a melodious voice, and he sings in such a way that you can hear and UNDERSTAND each word he has crafted! Sometimes inspirational, often funny, sometimes chiding, occasionally prodding us to get off our butts and help our fellow people, John's songs all give his audience much food for thought! I don't know how he did it, but his guitar technique (with a little harmonica thrown in) was like having a 3 or 4 piece backup band supporting him.

So - buy this album, implore Amazon to stock new copies, buy his other songs - if you get the chance, see/hear him perform in person - you and this world we live in will be the better for it!! I know I am!
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