Roots of Our Nature
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- Released: August 13, 2002
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Blind Pig
Yoga Journal (06/03, p.186) - "...Intimate, good-time music making...calls to mind the vintage partnership of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee..."
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Full performer name: Roy Rogers/Norton Buffalo.
Personnel: Roy Rogers (vocals, guitar, 12-string & National guitars, mandolin, tambourine, percussion); Norton Buffalo (vocals, harmonica, bass harmonica, background vocals); Jeremy Cohen (violin, gypsy violin); Doug Harmon (cello); Rich Grand (acoustic & upright bass); Rich Girard (acoustic bass); Jim Sanchez (drums); James Henry (conga, shaker, chimes).
Recorded at Bayview Studios, Richmond, California.
Personnel: Norton Buffalo (vocals, harmonica, keyboards); Jeremy Cohen (violin); Doug Harman (cello); Rich Girard (acoustic bass, upright bass); Scoop McGuire (acoustic bass); Jimmy Sanchez (drums); James Henry (congas, shaker, chimes).
Recording information: Bayview Studios, Richmond, CA; Moon Valley Studios, Sonoma, CA; Prairie Sun Recording, Cotati, CA; Studio D, Sausalito, CA.
Editor: Norton Buffalo.
Photographer: Norton Buffalo.
In an intimate acoustic setting, Norton Buffalo and Roy Rogers present a set of original tunes whose flavor suggests roots much further back in time. Aside from a few tasteful string parts, Roots is all about crisp finger-picked and slide guitar, Buffalo's earthy and expressive harmonica, and each artist's agreeably unpolished vocals. Their lyrics embrace traditional imagery, from saloon balladry to ramblin' songs. On "Trinity" the words sustain an especially rustic eloquence through multiple verses dedicated to visions of salvation. If retro affectation bothers you, it's best to imagine this session transpiring on some snowy night, within the glow of an iron stove at some crossroads general store. When heard on these terms, Roots can cast a spell to remember. ~ Robert L. Doerschuk
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