(2016/Valcour) 13 tracks (46:38) digisleeve. Recorded at The Cypress House, Parks, Louisiana - Courtney Granger lebt in Lafayette, Lousiana. Ein Meistergeiger und außerordentlich talentierter Sänger. Während Courtney in den vergangenen 8 Jahren mit Cajun-Gruppen wie den Pine Leaf Boys und Balfa Toujours auf Tournee war, hatte er immer eine tiefe Affinität und Kenntnis zur klassischen Country-Musik gehabt. ´Beneath Still Waters´ ist seine erste Solo-CD, produziert von Dirk Powell. - The Honky-Tonk Dance... was over. The crowd had left the room. A skinny kid walked up and pulled his cap down over his eyes. Dirk Powell grabbed an electric guitar, Mike Merenda sat back down at the drums and flipped on the mic. I was his only audience and I was nailed to the floor. This quiet young man slipped the bonds of performance and slid into one George Jones song after another as if he were living every word. How could he have known what those words meant, how could a life so young be feeling that much pain? I only knew I loved this young man with an old soul and that I HAD to sing with him. About five years later that came to pass. It has been a joy to sing with Courtney and to sit in his audience and watch folks that hear him for the first time. You can see him moving them through a song with such conviction that they smile, cry, and cheer like they´ve just been baptized and feel ´´known´´ for the first time. That´s how Courtney makes you feel—like he´s saying, ´´I´ve got you, Babe. You´re not alone in this world.´´ And it doesn´t matter what the words of the song are, he´s got you. (Ginny Hawker) - Courtney Granger -- lead vocals, acoustic guitar, fiddle Christian Dugas – drums, vocals Glenn Patscha – piano, vocals Dirk Powell – bass, electric guitar, baritone guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin, fiddle, vocals Alice Gerrard -- vocals Natalie Palms -- vocals Laurie Lewis -- vocals Jamey Bearb -- fiddle Joel Savoy -- fiddle Kevin Barry – steel guitar Tom Rozum – mandolin, vocals Christine Balfa, Amelia Powell, Sophie Powell, and Waylon Adams -- background vocals
(Taragon) 10 tracks (36:03) - Yvonne Elliman is always on the move. In a business where female songsters are typed, tagged and filed, Yvonne Elliman has eluded being pigeon-holed and still comes out on top. Originally cast as Mary Magdalene in the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice Broadway styled 1970 rock opera ´Jesus Christ Superstar´, she immediately left the gate with her first big hit, ´I Don´t Know How To Love Him.´ Despite stiff competition from Helen Reddy (and others), Yvonne seems to be best remembered where this song is concerned. She followed with another song from the same source, ´Everything´s Alright´, which was conve-niently edited for single release omitting the vocals of Murray Head and Ian Gillan. ´Jesus Christ Superstar´ was released by Decca Records and when the company became MCA, Yvonne remained with them. While her records remained noteworthy, she couldn´t sustain the airplay she had with her first hits. From these later MCA recordings, it was her dynamic cover of The Who´s ´I Can´t Explain´ that garnered the most attention. In 1975 she signed with Robert Stigwood´s RSO Records. Steve Cropper, Booker T. & The MGs´ guitarist extraordinaire was brought in to record Yvonne in Memphis for her RSO debut album, ´Rising Sun´. The first single out the door was ´From The Inside´ but when it didn´t show any chart action, RSO issued Richard Kerr´s ´Somewhere In The Night´ in its stead. Before you knew it, versions were out by Batdorf and Rodney and Helen Reddy, not to mention the original by Kerr. In the end, the lead was taken by Helen Reddy, but after Barry Manilow released his version three years later, no other version was remembered. In 1976, Freddie Perren took over the producer reins and Yvonne Elliman would find success once more. He recorded her on a version of a Bee Gees tune that was included on their then current top LP ´Children Of The World´: ´Love Me´ The Bee Gees were hot and her cover was outstanding and that combination put her in the top twenty once more. She followed with an LP named for the single from which her follow-up, a new version of Barbara Lewis´ ´Hello Stranger´, was pulled. The song found favor with fans as well. Perren did one more session for Elliman, and it was another Bee Gees song. This time it was commissioned for a soundtrack of a movie that had a Bee Gees written score. The movie was ´Saturday Night Fever´ and, if people didn´t know who Yvonne Elliman was before, they certainly knew now. The soundtrack stayed at #1 for 24 weeks and the single went to the top as well. With this soundtrack success, it wasn´t long before another would come her way. The ´Moment By Moment´ film would once again star John Travolta, this time sharing the bill with Lily Tomlin. Robert Appere produced the title song for Yvonne and another successful record was secured. Robert Appere would do her next two LP´s, ´Night Flight´ and ´Yvonne´, but it was Steve Barri who would give her her next hit. ´Love Pains´ was her last chart entry in 1979 and a special extended remix was done for a promo only 12´´ single. We´ve included this special rarity on this package and it cooks just fine, Yvonne Elliman has done pop, rock and disco and is comfortable doing them all. She is a versatile entertainer as one listen to this CD should prove. Sit down, lean back and enjoy The Very Best Of Yvonne Elliman.