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Stack of Dreams

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Miles of Music Recordings proudly announces the release of Stack Of Dreams, the debut disc from North Carolina singer/songwriter Thad Cockrell. While he has been playing for barely five years, Cockrell possesses a natural talent that belies his years. Citing “heartbreak” as his true influence, Cockrell’s songs examine, with uncommon insight, the pain that love brings. His honky tonkin’ tunes like “Pretending” and “Hard Time Taking This Heart Break’n” hold a timeless quality, while slow weepers like the title track “Stack Of Dreams” and the gospel-flavored “He Set Me Free” tear at your heart. Cockrell’s clear tenor burns with a soulful yearning that aches with anguish while still offering a glimmer of hope.

With production under the masterful touch of the legendary Chris Stamey, Stack Of Dreams was created out of true devotion and dedication - appropriate emotions for music that emanates so directly from the heart. Cockrell’s skillful backing band, the Starlite Country Band features ex-Whiskeytown-er Skillet Gilmore on drums, while fellow Whiskeytown alumnus Caitlin Cary performs a duet with Cockrell.

“To make this record Thad and the band spent one day singing and playing live in the studio, then overdubbed harmonies and a few keyboards parts afterwards. “He Set Me Free” is taken from a live television shoot and “Together Again” is a single-take duet with Caitlin Cary, with the steel and fiddle parts added later” - Chris Stamey

It’s rare that a debut record sounds this emotionally and musically rich, but Thad Cockrell is a rare talent.

Review

" "Stack of Dreams" is an album that has no weak moments, no lack of conviction, no mediocre tunes. ” -- Philip Van Vleck, Herald-Sun.com

"...Cockrell’s voice is a wonder. High, dry and lonesome, it cuts right through you. " -- David Menconi, No Depression #33 May- June 2001

” Cockrell’s roughhewn voice, reminiscent of Dwight Yoakam’s, resonates with a texture and richness beyond his age.” -- - Bryson Strauss, Durham Independent

1. Pretending
2. Hard Time ( Takin' This Heartbreak )
3. Why
4. How Far Can I Drive Tonight
5. Vacancy
6. Stack of Dreams
7. Together Again
8. Burdens Rest Easy
9. He Set Me Free

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 15, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: May 15, 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sw-South West Label Group
  • ASIN: B00005NFW8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,370 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carter Monroe on January 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Inevitable comparison to Ryan Adams? Whiskeytown was a good band, but if you were part of the alternative country movement in the beginning, you know they were as derivative as they come. See "Sweetheart of the Rodeo" - The Byrds - "Manassas" Stephen Stills - "Reach for the Sky" - Cowboy - Everything by Gram Parsons, as well as the first post-Parsons Burrito Brothers album.
I don't mean to put Whiskeytown down and am not. I must have listened to "Faithless Street" a hundred times. But, if you want to talk voices, Ryan Adams wishes he could sing like Thad Cockrell. "Stack of Dreams" is one of the best country CD's of the year. Songs like "How Far Can I Drive Tonight" and "He Set Me Free" are absolute country masterpieces. For the past six weeks, "Stack of Dreams" has been the most requested CD at The House of the New Lost Blues.
I'm "very" encouraged by all these four-star ratings. Means I've missed quite a bit of good music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By leif gjelstrup on June 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the the best country records I ever listen to over and over again and I hope this artist will recording many more records.................He is a raising star !
This is a wonderful record with good songs..........it make the day fells good.
Thanks USA............for this wonderful music !
I just love this album with the very smiling songs !!!!!!!!!!!!
Leif/Denmark/Europe.........STACK OF DREAMS !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "gator480" on May 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
What a voice! What songs! The real deal indeed.
His song "Why" is an all time favorite.
At once traditional, but not hackneyed, artists that Thad are what we need these days. There is nothing fake about this album. Recorded in a week with Chris Stamey (who has alos produced outstanding albums by Caitlin Cary and Alejandro Excovedo - both worht your money).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Brown on October 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I guess the comparison to Ryan Adams of Whiskeytown is inevitable, complete with a duet from Whiskeytowns' own Caitlin Cary, but to pass on the warm voice of Thad Cockrell for this reason alone would be misguided. Yes, his voice could pass for that of Adams on just a pack a day, but the rich sound of Cockrell and the starlite country band can easily warm your cup of coffee. Plenty of good thing's to come from this start up, no doubt.
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