“An absolute gem...one of the best folk music albums released this year.” - Folk Scene Magazine
Happy Traum's second solo album, originally released in 1977, was widely praised for its excellent musicianship, fine traditional songs and the accompanying tablature book that came with all Kicking Mule Records. It has now been re-released as an enhanced CD, which includes the tab book as a PDF file on the disk, so that aspiring guitarists can learn Happy's arrangements and play along.
"Happy is a hero. He had me singing gospel songs one crazy night. He took my head over the Blue Ridge on another. He had me dreaming to the strains of his concertina and when I woke up I was lying somewhere on a shore in England. He's a walking campfire. He's got the Instincts of a rock and roller; he's a master of the groove. And these songs were made to travel. There's one about a stranger sailing toward his string of broken hearts and another trail churning in his wake. There are buckets of moonbeams and a dark road East Texas blues, Irish melodies and a Bahamian murder ballad. A lot of these songs could have written themselves. And maybe they did. Some call it the greatest irony of all and some call It folk music. Remember the cowboy's love for his horse? Can you hear the wind whistling through the rigging of a 3-masted ship heading out of Liverpool to someplace distant and mysterious? Nothing strange there except that the singer Is an American. So tune your ears through the murmurings of the soil and the waterfalls of mountains and hear those fiddles play! I'm sure his music will strike a chord In your ancient soul.”
- Eric Andersen, from the original album liner notes
The accompanying personnel includes Pat Alger, Eric Weissberg, Roly Salley, John Sebastian, Andy Robinson, Betty MacDonald, Jodi Vogel and Howard Vogel.
As a bonus, this package includes a DVD of Happy playing a solo concert in 1981.
American Stranger (The CD)
The American Stranger (Plains of Amerikee); The Eighth of January; Buckets of Rain; When I Was a Cowboy; I Am a Pilgrim; Doney Gal; Golden Bird; Sheebeg an Sheemor; Dark Road Blues; Delia's Gone; I'll Fly Away.
Happy Traum In Concert (The DVD)
My Home's Across the Smoky Mountains; Dark Road Blues; Monday Morning Blues; Gypsy Davey; American Stranger; I Am a Pilgrim; Buckets of Rain; Sixteen Tons; The Bounty Hunter; Relax Your Mind; Friend of the Devil; Sheebeg an Sheemor; Golden Bird.
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