to her first album, Amy diversifies both her material
and instrumentation, drawing further on her Western influences
yet including songs from writers on both sides of the Rocky Mountains.
Rob and Bonnie Willows Quist penned "This House of Memories,"
an ode to the Quist family homestead in Northern Montana. "Edgar
Griffin--1918" is a haunting song written by old friend
Walkin' Jim Stoltz about an inscription he found carved on a tree
high in the Uintah mountain range backcountry of Utah. "Goin'
Back to Texas," an old Carson J. Robison tune, adds
a bit of lively Texas swing to the mix. Sarah Elizabeth Campbell's
thoughtful "Geraldine and Ruthie Mae" and the
poignant Tim O'Brien/Patrick Alger tune "Time to Learn"
add a pensive touch. The album ends on an upbeat note with Native
American singer-songwriter Bill Miller's "Forever Ride."
The project features several noted guests from acoustic music
circles, among them Northern Lights' Jake Amerding on fiddle,
Howie Burson on clawhammer banjo and Christina Muir on harmony
"This album gave us all a chance to stretch out a bit, musically
speaking," Amy says. "We've got Matt (Nozzolio) playing
lap steel, Kevin (Lynch) playing autoharp, guest bassist Jim Whitney
bowing the bass on 'One More Day.' Plus lots of other guest musicians
like Joe Grieco on piano, Howie Burson on clawhammer banjo, even
some cello and steel drums. I was able to add another female voice
to mine with Christina Muir's wonderful harmony vocals. And of
course what Jake (Armerding) does on that fiddle is amazing!!
Whereas my first album, Northern Girl, was like "hey
we've got a band, let's make an album!", with Sweet Gatherings
I wanted to create a musical gathering of sorts, both with the
musicians and the songs I chose."