Songs about home and family, small towns and yard-art, trusty steeds and bootleggers.
1968 –Kevin Daly
Crashing Down on Me
Blue Again–Patsy Cline
No Place (’78 Monte Carlo Blues)
This Old House–Stuart Hamblen
REVIEWS OF THE WHITE ALBUM:
Phoenix New Times“ Immediately appealling!!”
Country Standard Time
The White Album – 2000 (Rustic)
Reviewed by Clarissa Sansone
Tammy Patrick’s first solo effort is a mixed bag of lovely silken vocals and lyrics. The native of White, South Dakota (the small farming town in the album’s title), relocated to Phoenix, and the musicians’ credits represent a cross sample of that town’s local talent. The record, according to the liner notes, was inspired by Patrick’s trip back to White for her grandfather’s funeral. The collection is worth hearing.
“Coming Home,” the first song, is chock-full of recycled small-town images, but has a catchy melody and chorus. “Shovel Birds,” lyrically the most interesting number, gives a whimsical description of lawn ornaments that include “marigolds in toilet bowls.”
“Crashing Down on Me,” a straightforward tale of desolation with a good sad fiddle whine to accompany it, is one of the best tracks. Also noteworthy is Patrick’s cover of “Blue Again,” which highlights her vulnerable vocals slipping easily from high to low. Patrick does a bluegrassy rendition of “This Old House,” and sings Daly’s “1968”; the rest of the tunes she wrote herself or cowrote.
Reviewed By Matt Fink
A more earthy folk-pop alternative to Jewel, Tammy Patrick has created an excellent song cycle, rife with homeward-looking musical snapshots of rural life. Having written or co-written ten of the 12 songs here, Patrick employs a wide array of instruments and musicians to reveal the many facets of her sound. “Coming Home,” with a ridiculously catchy chorus, and the aching “Crashing Down on Me” show a tunefulness not often found among the Lilith Fair school of songwriters. Occasional forays into a classic easy-going country-rock sound, with the nice pedal steel of “Billy West” and the lighthearted banjo and accordion-laden “Shovel Birds,” which utilizes a somewhat Appalachian folk vibe almost akin to Alison Krauss, are similarly solid. The classic gospel tune “This Old House” revisits a similar feel. Patrick proves herself quite adept at recasting traditional folk styles, with the singsongy “Tonight” having the sound of a classic children’s folk ballad, just as the rollicking “Whiskey” has the feel of a long-lost Irish drinking song. Unexpected ventures in simmering jazzy balladry like “Blue Again” and the smooth swinging “No Place (’78 Monte Carlo Blues)” go even further to show how varied Patrick’s talents are. Overall, it’s the fresh, spontaneous feel and genuine Americana spirit of The White Album that makes it work on so many levels. In the end, it would be hard to ask for a much better crafted or more listenable debut effort.
ONLINE LISTENER REVIEWS OF THE WHITE ALBUM:
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music!
February 14, 2000
I loved this CD…Tammy Patrick’s singing reminds me of James Taylor’s music. Immediately appealing, touches you with her voice, beautiful instrumentation…
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful songs – beautifully performed
July 26, 2000
Tammy’s album captures a sense a time and place on the open prairie. Her voice soars over beautifully performed songs about home and family that plants the listener firmly in South Dakota soil. From the hearttugging “Crashin Down on Me” to the rollicking “No Place” Ms. Patrick delivers heart and passion on this 12 song disc. Stick around for an a capella hidden track that recounts a family history. Beautiful music beautifully played. I loved it .
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes us all home.
February 17, 2000
The folky stylings of Ms. Patrick tend to trace their roots to the tradition of top female songstressses the likes of Patsy Cline, Joni Mitchell, and Carol King. While at the same time the vulnerable side of Ms. Joplin (if she had one) is woven in as well. This recording along with the tasteful poetic introduction will transport the listener to another time and place. Those of us with our roots on the farm can smell the fresh-cut hay and the sweet wisps of lilac on the air as we listen. This album is about family and what it means to us. If you ask me this is what we all need right now a little dose of good-old, down-home musical love. The music is tastefully written and executed in a beautiful manner. I truly enjoy this album and believe Ms. Patrick has struck a chord, and it sounds sooooo good to me. I hope she writes a duet someday and needs a partner to sing it with. I’ll be the first in line.