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Eliza Gilkyson is a politically minded, poetically gifted singer-songwriter who has become one of the most respected musicians in folk and Americana music circles.  The daughter of legendary songwriter Terry Gilkyson, Eliza entered the music world as a teenager, recording demos for her father.  Since then she has released 20 recordings of her own, and her songs have been covered by ... Read more in Amazon's Eliza Gilkyson Store

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  • Audio CD (March 23, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Red House
  • ASIN: B0001CNQFI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,110 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Though written in the early 1950s and never previously recorded, Woody Guthrie's "Peace Call" provides a timely conclusion to this collection of politically pointed material. Trading verses with Texas troubadour Eliza Gilkyson on the pacifist anthem are kindred spirits Patty Griffin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Iris DeMent. Much of the rest of the album finds Gilkyson applying her vocal warmth and buoyant melodies to lyrics that probe the darker recesses of the human condition, from the terrorism evoked within the luminous "Tender Mercies" (with Gilkyson's son and daughter joining in harmony) to the revenge by a lifelong abuse victim in "Ballad of Yvonne Johnson" to the Shaker-style hymn of mankind's folly, "Milk and Honey." While Gilkyson brings a light touch to the album's weighty social concerns, the pop buoyancy of "Wonderland" and the rock & roller's ballad "Dark Side of Town" (with its Band-like horn arrangement) extend the album's range beyond topical broadsides. --Don McLeese

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This is a very notable effort by a fine singer/songwriter.
Walter Heugatter
For some odd reason, this album kept sliding to the bottom of my "listen to" pile; I dunno why, since I really liked her last record a lot.
DJ Joe Sixpack
Buy this CD and I guarantee you will be looking for hte rest of Eliza's catalogue.
R. Kyle

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Music fan on February 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Eliza Gilkyson spent some of last year touring with a Woody Guthrie tribute ensemble put together by Jimmy LaFave and it seems to have rubbed off in all the best ways. "Milk and Honey" is her most political and most thought-provoking album. It's also the third in a series of fine discs that show her songwriting reaching a higher level.

She opens with "Hiway 9," a sarcastic indictment of the leaders, including a "white man hidden in a black man's skin," who danced with the "devil of our own design" and got caught sleeping at the sentry post that ought to show up as one of Moveon.org's theme songs. Opening lyrics: "Well, the white god said to the little man. We're going to fulfill Scripture in the Holy Land. Between the Tigris and the Euphrates it's a lot like hell. Gonna liberate people and the O I L."

"Tender Mercies," the disc's centerpiece, is a heartbreaking ballad contrasting a teen suicide bomber deprived of basic childhood love -- "every mother's prayer" -- and a mother across the world who safely tucks in her children that could have fit easily on Springsteen's "The Rising."

If Gilkyson had found her "Richmond Boy" on her last album, she's lost him on this one. But "Not Lonely," a poignant examination of reaching middle age and finding your way alone, shows she's not unhappy. "Wonderland" is a pop tune about lowering expectations in a relationship. And she pays tribute to a hard-living friend with the New Orleans dirge of "Dark Side of Town:" I'm gonna be a midnight rider. Gonna burn my candle down. Following that driving beat to the dark side of town."

Fittingly, the album concludes with "Peace Call," an unrecorded Guthrie tune beautifully rendered by Gilkyson and pals Patty Griffin, Iris Dement and Mary Chapin Carpenter. Woody would be pleased.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Matt Duane Griffin on July 26, 2005
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Heard this one on the radio -- oddly, the track was "Ballad of Yvonne Johnson", and knew immediately I had to have it. It had all this aspects that are just what draws me in to a record -- it was rootsy, it was political, it told a story that had to be true (I totally "felt" Yvonne Johnson by the end), told fearlessly and unflinchingly, and it had this amazing, distinctive, absolutely perfect woman's voice. The CD is full of great songs, the standouts for me being "Hiway 9" "Dark Side Of Town" and "Wonderland", but I love everything here.

My tastes are eclectic -- just check out what I have reviewed to this point -- and I do enjoy good singer songwriter stuff. But my standard is Dylan, Townes, Guy Clark, stuff with some meat to it, stuff that has well - chosen words and, frankly, a bit of attitude. This record meets the standard. It also has that wonderful voice.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Kyle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 10, 2004
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She's got a voice of Texas sun, sand, and sagebrush and she puts her heart in every word. 'Genuine' is one word I would use for Eliza Gilkyson---on CD, in person, she is what she appears to be. She touches tough subjects, such as abuse in "Yvonne Johnson" with a quiet compassion and grace. Perhaps only Woody himself could have done as well on "Peace Call," which I think should move in with "Imagine" as one of the best world-vision songs. Buy this CD and I guarantee you will be looking for hte rest of Eliza's catalogue.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. Lagerberg on May 31, 2005
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As simple as this sentence looks, it's an amazing change of view for all americans; as a European living in the States I always wondered who would bless the rest of the world if God only blesses America. I found the answer.

As simple as this, the music of Eliza is too: straight and clear. I have loved this CD and a live performance as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 25, 2004
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For some odd reason, this album kept sliding to the bottom of my "listen to" pile; I dunno why, since I really liked her last record a lot. Well, I like this one even more. It's great. Go out and get it. Now. Before it's too late. Gilkyson is, of course, the daughter of '50s/'60s folksinger Tonk Gilkyson, and while hr career has led her towards more rock-related material, here she returns solidly to her folk-scene roots, with a searing, heartfelt, and emotionally powerful set of topical, social-political songs, each of which carries considerable impact. The album opens with "Hiway 9," which refers to the main transportation corridor in Iraq -- the song is a blistering indictment of the Bush League's war plans, and their impact on our two nations; similarly, on "Tender Mercies" she explores the emotional deadening of terrorists and the world around them. Even on the one topical song where she seems to overplay her hand, "Ballad Of Yvonne Johnson," about a woman convicted of murder after enduring a lietime of abuse, Gilkyson sticks to a smouldering emotional core that keeps the music compelling. There are also several songs of a more purely emotional/confessional style -- "Separated," "Dark Side Of Town" -- and these are similarly drenched with a dark, contemplative, largely pessimistic maturity: this is an album made by and for adults, and the quality of the craftsmanship is never sub-par.

Helping her out are some of the cream of the contemporary roots-music scene -- Slaid Cleaves, Jon Dee Graham and others -- and the musicianship, with the smooth, moving guitar work, is what makes this disc a real gem.
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