Personnel: Eliza Gilkyson (vocals, guitar); John Egenes (mandolin); Tollak (harmonica); Mark Andes (acoustic bass); Mike Botts (drums); Tim Timmermans (percussion, keyboards).
Personnel: Eliza Gilkyson (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, dulcimer, piano, keyboards); Mark Andes (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, acoustic bass); Mark Hallman (vocals); Robert McEntee (guitar, electric guitar, keyboards); Tony Gilkyson (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); John Egenes (acoustic guitar, mandolin); Mariam (acoustic guitar, pump organ); Mark Portmann (electric guitar); Thomas Fessler (12-string guitar); Matt Andes (slide guitar, National guitar); Richard Greene (violin); Mark Acosta (flute); Van Dyke Parks (accordion); Tim Timmermans (piano, keyboards, drums, percussion); Patrick Warren (harmonium, chamberlin); Felix Widmer (keyboards); D.J. Bonebrake , Walter Keiser (drums, percussion); Mike Botts (drums).
Recording information: Congress House Studio, Austin, TX; No; Stepbridge Studios, Santa Fe, NM; Travis Dickerson Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Pamela Springsteen.
Joining Silver Wave with her seventh album, Redemption Road, Eliza Gilkyson continued to offer some of the most rewarding folk-pop of the 1990s. While there was more of a noticeable cackle in her voice, the singer was still quite capable of hitting the pretty notes and maintained an enviable range. There isn't even an occasional fast-tempo rocker this time -- Gilkyson sticks to a pastoral, quiet setting, offering songs that are as reflective as they are moving. "Her Melancholy Muse" examines the dark parts of one's mind, while "Our Time" addresses the challenges facing the post-baby boomer generation, and "Prayer 2000" deals with counting one's blessings. Gilkyson's outstanding Gold Castle output left no doubt that she was a singer and composer of tremendous depth, and Redemption Road served as additional proof. ~ Alex Henderson