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Down to the Well

down to the wellDown to the Well CD (SH6049)

produced by Bo Ramsey, Joe McMahan and Kevin Gordon

recorded Fall 1999

released August 2000

Kevin’s second (and final) release for the Shanachie label is still perhaps his best known recording. The title track, a duet with Lucinda Williams, appeared on the Oxford American southern music sampler, and on the compilation “No Depression: What It Sounds Like, vol. 1”.

The song “Down to the Well” has been covered twice since Kevin’s original version was released: by Blackie and The Rodeo Kings (band featuring the song’s co-writer, Colin Linden), and more recently, on the Eric Brace and Peter Cooper duet record, “You Don’t Have to Like Us Both”.

“Promise Road” was later covered by the great Ronnie Hawkins; “Jimmy Reed” by Webb Wilder, and “Water or Gasoline” by Blackie and the Rodeo Kings.  Before Kevin’s version appeared here, “Deuce and a Quarter” was covered by an amazing supergroup of rock legends (Keith Richards, Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Scotty Moore, D.J. Fontana, and others) on the tribute record, “All the King’s Men”.

Track 12, Kevin’s version of the traditional gospel song “Shoes”, appeared in the Billy Bob Thornton film, “The Badge”.

track listing:

(click on song titles for lyrics/other info)

1/ Down to the Well

2/ Burning the Church House Down

3/ Marina Takes Her Aim

4/ Promise Road

5/ Time for the Sun to Rise

6/ Deuce and a Quarter

7/ Jimmy Reed is the King of Rock n’ Roll

8/ Water or Gasoline

9/ Great Southern

10/ Pueblo Dog

11/ Oil City Girl

12/ Shoes(Walk All Over God’s Heaven)

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