- Released: April 13, 1999
- Label: Brentwood Music
- 1.There You Go
- 3.Shifting Sand
- 4.Faith My Eyes
- 5.Where I Began
- 6.Table for Two
- 7.Climb On (A Back That's Strong)
- 8.Petrified Heart
- 9.Somewhere North
- 10.Daring Daylight Escape
- 11.40 Acres
Caedmon's Call: Derek Webb (vocals, acoustic, 6- & 12-string electric guitars, banjo); Cliff Young (vocals, acoustic guitar); Danielle Young (vocals); Randy Holsapple (harmonica, accordion, piano, Wurlitzer piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Hammond B-3 organ, Mellotron); Garett Buell (marimba, tabla, dumbek, djembe, surdo, udu, tambourine, trash cans, percussion); Aric Nitzberg (acoustic & electric basses); Todd Bragg (drums).
Additional personnel: Glenn Rosenstein (6-string acoustic & 12-string electric guitars, solguitar, dulcimer); Keith Rodger (electric guitar); Phil Madiera (lap steel guitar, accordion); John Catchings (cello); Nashville Recording Symphony (strings); Matt Rollings (piano, Hammond B-3 organ).
Engineers: Steve Bishir, Glenn Rosenstein, Mike Purcell.
Recorded at The Castle, Franklin, Tennessee.
Recording information: Castle, Franklin, TN.
Caedmon's Call is another outfit inspired by the late 1990s "No Depression" school of bands. These groups draw upon the rich musical past of America: folk, pre-"Nashville Sound" country, earthy rock bands like The Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Flying Burrito Brothers, sidestepping mainstream rock, country and pop. Caedmon's Call lean more towards the folk/singer-songwriter side--acoustic guitars are in the forefront, keyboards provide shading and electric guitars and drums provide punch.
The vocals (both male & female) have a warm, plaintive quality, and it's likely that these folks have Band, Jerry Jeff Walker and Pure Prairie League albums in their collections. 40 ACRES has a very nice homey feel to it, almost like the group has plopped down in your living room to tell stories. This album is something nice to do for yourself after a hard day, especially if you like the aforementioned groups and early Shawn Colvin (whose "Climb On" they cover--and very nicely, at that).