1973 Barbara Keith – Barbara Keith

A singer/guitarist and folk-influenced songwriter, Barbara Keith’s curious career began when she was discovered at Greenwich Village’s famous Café Wha?. Her first appearance on record was in 1968, with her background vocals and one of her songs appearing on the self-titled debut from Kangaroo. Verve Records released the first of two self-titled albums in 1969. Some critics fell in love with the album but as far as sales the album went nowhere. Her second self-titled album — released by Reprise in 1972 — coupled Keith with producer Doug Tibbles. Keith and Tibbles married and soon became unhappy with the music industry. Deciding to focus on family and develop their art with a major-label influence, Keith and Tibbles gave back their Reprise advance, a move that caused the label to under-promote her album. Once again, the album didn’t achieve much as far as sales, but Keith’s songwriting skills were being noticed throughout the record industry. Barbra Streisand, Lowell George, Tanya Tucker, Delaney & Bonnie, the Dillards, and many others covered songs from the album, “The Bramble and the Rose” and “Detroit or Buffalo” being the favorites.

Keith reappeared in the ’90s with her “AC/DC meets Patsy Cline” band the Stone Coyotes with her husband, and son John Tibbles, rounding out the band. The band found a cult following of which writer Elmore Leonard was a member. Leonard included the band in his sequel to Get Shorty, Be Cool, and included five Keith songs in the text. (source)

Tracks

1  All Along The Watchtower (Bob Dylan) 3:13
2  Rolling Water (Barbara Keith) 3:12
3  The Bramble And The Rose (Barbara Keith) 2:55
4  Burn The Midnight Oil No More (Barbara Keith) 3:09
5  Free The People (Barbara Keith) 3:48
6  Detroit Or Buffalo (Barbara Keith) 4:31
7  The Road I Took To You (Barbara Keith) 3:20
8  Shining All Along (Barbara Keith) 3:11
9  Rainy Nights Are All The Same (Barbara Keith) 3:27
10  A Stone’s Throw Away (Barbara Keith, Doug Tibbles) 4:47

Media

Musicians

1 All Along The Watchtower

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsJim Keltner
GuitarDavid Cohen
GuitarTony Peluso
PianoSpooner Oldham
Acoustic GuitarJohn Brennan


2 Rolling Water

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarDanny Kortchmar
Acoustic GuitarBarbara Keith
PianoCraige Doerge


3 The Bramble And The Rose

BassEmory Gordy
DrumsDennis St. John
Acoustic GuitarBarbara Keith
Pedal Steel GuitarRichard Bennett
PianoSpooner Oldham


4 Burn The Midnight Oil No More

BassLeland Sklar
PianoBarbara Keith


5 Free The People

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsJim Keltner
Pedal Steel GuitarRichard Bennett
PianoSpooner Oldham
PianoCraige Doerge
PercussionMilt Holland


6 Detroit Or Buffalo

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRon Tutt
GuitarLowell George
Acoustic GuitarBarbara Keith
Pedal Steel GuitarPete Kleinow
PianoCraige Doerge


7 The Road I Took To You

BassLeland Sklar
OrganMike Utley
PianoBarbara Keith


8 Shining All Along

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsJim Keltner
GuitarLowell George
OrganMike Utley
PianoSpooner Oldham
PianoCraige Doerge
PercussionMilt Holland


9 Rainy Nights Are All The Same

BassLeland Sklar
GuitarJohn Brennan
GuitarBarbara Keith
PianoSpooner Oldham


10 A Stone’s Throw Away

BassMax Bennett
DrumsJim Gordon
GuitarLowell George
Acoustic GuitarJohn Brennan
PianoSpooner Oldham
PianoClarence McDonald

Liner Notes

Producer – Larry Marks
Engineer – Henry Lewy, Lee Herschberg, Ray Gernhardt, Rudy Hill, Tommy Vicari