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You Can't Save Everybody

Kieran Kane, Kieran Kane Kevin Welch & Fats KaplinAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 20, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B0002IQFUY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,817 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Join two of the leading lights of the roots-rock revolution as they unite for a gorgeous unadorned session marked by the off-the-cuff spontaneity, effortless give and take and stark, powerful performance. Kane and Welch tracde off vocal and songwriting, while mult-instrumentalist Kaplin embroiders their sound with elegant accordion, banjo and fiddle accompaniment. The result is a gloriously rugged, inimate album that is a gem in both Welch and Kane's esteemed catalogs.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars real songs from the other side of Nashville July 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD
"Nashville songwriter" is more often than not a euphemism for "shameless hack," a way of telling us that the individual in question scribbles forgettable ditties -- "positive love songs" (in the industry phrase) or chest-thumping jingoistic rants -- whatever the market or an audience of undiscriminating dunces calls for. There is, however, another side of Nashville, and that is where the likes of Kieran Kane and Kevin Welch live. Here music has roots and meaning, and both are abundantly in evidence in You Can't Save Everbody.

This isn't country music so much as the kind of folk sound shaped by Woody Guthrie in the 1940s and refined in the 1960s by the likes of Bob Dylan. I'm sure Dylan would approve of Kane and Welch if he's heard them. The songs, though clearly modern, incorporate rural and traditional points of reference. Like the great authentic folk songs, they speak directly to life's most elemental concerns: faith, fear, hope, love, death, rage, and landscapes both natural and psychic.

These guys are too good to let any mediocre tunes mar the pleasure. Every song seems bound to grow on you with each successive listening. Three stand out immediately, at least for me. One is Kane's instrumental "Cecil's Lament," which sounds like an old Irish fiddle tune that long ago found its way to the Southern mountains. Anybody -- in this case Welch -- who would write a ballad titled "Jersey Devil" (concerning a genuine Garden State legend about a demonic winged creature) has my automatic approval. And if you lament the state of the nation, you will take to heart Welch's "Everybody's Working for the Man Again" and hasten to spread the message to your friends. "Everybody's Working" demonstrates that if the current state of the nation is good for nothing else, at least it has done wonders for the old-fashioned folk protest song. This is one biting, satisfying example.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Americana Album of the Year October 21, 2004
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This trio recently played a tiny club in my hometown.There might have been 40 people there.That didn't seem to bother them at all.They put on a superb ,intimate show and displayed incredible musicianship.Basically, they presented this recording as their first set.Great songs,skilled playing.To my taste ,it is approaching perfection.Everyone that I have played this CD for has purchased it. Highly Recommended!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars On the porch April 20, 2005
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Think male version of Gillian Welch, then maybe add a little acoustic Mark Knopfler or JJ Cale and you've got a gist of this neat warm production. Or if you know the gentle country/cowboy art of Peter Rowan and Don Edwards, you're also in the right ballpark. No grandstanding here, just sincere original music making, with one catchy instrumental and eleven songs that tell stories, make comments about life's essentials and just let you relax. They're fine songs too - it would hard to say any one is better than the others.

These two Nashville guys have made their own solo or band albums (Kieran is ex-O'Kanes) but after a Live in Melbourne album this is their first studio album together. It represents an alternative Nashville, not the glitzy country music, but honest-to-goodness rural music in the great tradition of Woody Guthrie. Both guys play guitar and mandolin while Kieran plays banjo as well. Both also have really smooth voices. Fats Kaplin provides stylish minimalist accompaniment on accordion, banjo, guitar and fiddle.

The musicianship here is wonderful, with a togetherness that conjures up memories of "Brother Where Art Thou", especially in the opening title track. All are clearly at ease with each other and the music flows with great precision and plenty of soul.

An unpretentious gem that will grow on you with each listening.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roots? Folk? Mountain? Who cares, it's wonderful October 14, 2004
By R. Myhr
Format:Audio CD
I listen to a lot of different music, including a tons of roots/acoustic/folk. However, I'd not encountered these musicians before, and can't figure out why. It's getting a lot of play at my house (and in my car, and at work).
This is a wonderful recording, with fine songs, beautiful instrumentaion and completely engaging singing. It's hard to know what to compare it to -- the first cut on the CD could have come off the "O Brother Where Art Thou" recording; "Working for the Man" might have been written by Pete Seeger had he lived to see the triumph of Haliburton and chain radio stations; there's a down-and-out song that makes a sly reference to wanting someone to sing Long Black Veil with; and so on. Every one a winner.
Both the playing and singing are supurb. It's primarily two guitars and fiddle (with assorted other bits), tasteful, accomplished, interesting and never over-the-top. I don't find very many male voices as engaging as these two, mostly singing their own songs, sometimes providing harmony for their partner. The singing is precise but rich and filled with soul and understanding.
Don't wait, get it now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the year's best February 25, 2005
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Kane and Welch, with help from multi-instrumentalist buddy Kaplin went into a studio, sat around a microphone and recorded a dozen new and old tunes. The result is bottled magic and one of the best Americana/folk albums of the year.

Kane and Welch, old buddies who formed Dead Reckoning Records before it was popular to have your own label, take turns as songwriters with one cover, Welch's dramatic vocal on Ron Davies's "Dark-Eyed Gal."

Indeed, it's the lyrics and the heartfelt singing that takes center stage amid the subdued acoustic instrumentation of the album.

Listen to Welch, who is a longtime favorite of mine, fervently wish to live "Til I'm Too Old to Die Young" so he can watch his children grow to see what they'd become. Or hear his barely contained anger on the rousing "Everybody's Working for the Man...Again:" "The broadcasters bought off the FCC. Big oil's got the EPA. Halliburton, Halliburton, Halliburton, what else do you have to say?" Kane scores on the easy rolling of "Somewhere in the Middle" and "You Can't Save Everybody."

Indeed, you can't but this hauntingly beautiful, topical and alluring album might save your musical soul this year. No wonder it's been a darkhorse entry atop the Americana charts for months.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic CD
We love KWK and this is our favorite album of theirs. Highly recommend starting with this CD. These guys are special.
Published 14 months ago by Kalibird
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice sound, great music
I knew Kieran years ago on the west coast before he went on to Nashville. Always nice to know when people actually make it in a difficult world.
Published 15 months ago by P. Fulgham
5.0 out of 5 stars Found a lost love
This was an unexpected find. I have heard this album via a pirate copy quite a few years ago. I was pleasantly surprised to locate a copy & much more of Kieran's collaboration... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Julia Tyrer
5.0 out of 5 stars It grows on you
The writing and musicanship of this CD grow on you as you listen to it over and over again. My wife got hooked on this CD and listened to it many times. My experience was the same. Read more
Published on January 24, 2011 by Robert J. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars 'O Brother' fans will love this beautiful cd
Best music I've heard in ages. Very well written songs with genuine emotional force. 'O Brother' fans will love this.
Published on July 10, 2008 by Max Rockbin
5.0 out of 5 stars well written acoustic tunes
I received this album as a surprised gift for christmas and didn't know what to think. As soon as I heard the first track I was sold. Read more
Published on January 10, 2008 by Kevin Petersen
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm so glad I found these guys!
I can't for the life of me remember how I found this album, but I am soooooo glad I did. I had never heard of these guys, and knew no one who did. Read more
Published on November 24, 2007 by Gretchen M. Geyer
5.0 out of 5 stars I like this CD!
This is the first CD I've listened to from either one of these guys. I will be looking for more!
Published on October 27, 2007 by Edward Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard Folk
The best music I've found in the last ten years. A perfect match of vocal, musical and songwriting style.
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