Lute Unleashed
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The perfect crossover disc for pop fans and folk music lovers.

Carver Blanchard writes: "Lute Unleashed is a traditional recording in that it presents the work of a composer-arranger whose instrument is the lute. In centuries past that is what professional lutenists were; indeed had to be if they were to support themselves. An appointment to a court or great house afforded one of the few opportunities for regular employment and carried with it a particularly wide range of duties. These included playing in dance ensembles, accompanying singers, providing entertainment for banquets and special occasions, and of course, responding to the spontaneous and unforeseen. One can only guess how often a half-drunk guest of the duke made his way to the lute player and needed help getting through the song he had heard somewhere last week. It is today's studio musician, not today's concert musician, whose situation and abilities most nearly resemble those of the working lutenist of the Renaissance. I was born and raised in Louisiana and most of the material on this recording comes from memories of my boyhood in the South. There may at first appear to be some novelty in the use of the lute for the performance of such relatively modern music. In fact, it brings to modern music the same distinctive and compelling qualities that made it the most popular instrument in Europe for over 200 years."
Contents:
Carver Blanchard, composer
Southern Suite
Carver Blanchard, lute and voice, Nel Moore, harmonica, Glen Saunders, string bass, Jim
Cowdery, recorder


A. Crudup, composer
My Baby Left Me
Carver Blanchard, lute and voice, Nel Moore, harmonica, Glen Saunders, string bass, Jim Cowdery, recorder


Stephen Foster, composer
Hard Times Come Again No More
Carver Blanchard, lute and voice, Nel Moore, harmonica, Glen Saunders, string bass, Jim Cowdery, recorder


Stephen Foster, composer
Susanna's Fancy
Carver Blanchard, lute and voice, Nel Moore, harmonica, Glen Saunders, string bass, Jim Cowdery, recorder


Stephen Foster, composer
Virginia Belle
Carver Blanchard, lute and voice, Nel Moore, harmonica, Glen Saunders, string bass, Jim Cowdery, recorder


A. Gunter, composer
Baby Let's Play House
Carver Blanchard, lute and voice, Nel Moore, harmonica, Glen Saunders, string bass, Jim Cowdery, recorder


Johnson Brothers, composer
Since You Went Away
Carver Blanchard, lute and voice, Nel Moore, harmonica, Glen Saunders, string bass, Jim Cowdery, recorder


Cole Porter, composer
Night & Day
Carver Blanchard, lute and voice, Nel Moore, harmonica, Glen Saunders, string bass, Jim Cowdery, recorder


Cole Porter, composer
Begin the Beguine
Carver Blanchard, lute and voice, Nel Moore, harmonica, Glen Saunders, string bass, Jim Cowdery, recorder


J. Van Heusen, composer
Here's That Rainy Day
Carver Blanchard, lute and voice, Nel Moore, harmonica, Glen Saunders, string bass, Jim Cowdery, recorder


Traditional, composer
Steal Away
Carver Blanchard, lute and voice, Nel Moore, harmonica, Glen Saunders, string bass, Jim Cowdery, recorder


Traditional, composer
Look Over Yonder-Another Man Done Gone
Carver Blanchard, lute and voice, Nel Moore, harmonica, Glen Saunders, string bass, Jim Cowdery, recorder


Traditional, composer
Deep River
Carver Blanchard, lute and voice, Nel Moore, harmonica, Glen Saunders, string bass, Jim Cowdery, recorder


Traditional, composer
Go Down Moses
Carver Blanchard, lute and voice, Nel Moore, harmonica, Glen Saunders, string bass, Jim Cowdery, recorder


Traditional, composer
Psalms of Victory
Carver Blanchard, lute and voice, Nel Moore, harmonica, Glen Saunders, string bass, Jim Cowdery, recorder


Carver Blanchard, composer
Irish Suite
Carver Blanchard, lute and voice, Nel Moore, harmonica, Glen Saunders, string bass, Jim Cowdery, recorder

Review:
"In the foreground of most of the works recorded here is Blanchard's voice, and a very nice one it is... the lute serves as a banjo, mandolin and rhythm guitar, and it is nice to know that an instrument so apparently restricted in repertory and style can be extended so effectively." (Guitar Review)
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