Amy Gallatin, born in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, lived in several states before settling in the West, where she was raised. During her ten years in Idaho and Montana, she had had the good fortune of being able to work at two of her loves in life: horses and music; Amy helped to organize the horseback riding programs and was the featured entertainer at various guest ranches. Her performing background had been as a solo artist out West prior to her meeting some Connecticut musicians while wintering in New England in 1992.
With that Connecticut connection came the opportunity to tour as a working unit, so Amy packed her guitar and moved east in the fall of 1993 to pursue her music. Four albums later (including a live album and a project recorded in Nashville with ace producer Rich Adler), Amy Gallatin and her band Stillwaters have taken the stage at some of the most prestigious venues in the U.S., Mexico, and Europe. They were invited in 1996, '98, and 2003 to tour several European countries. Their most recent performances in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Denmark drew extremely enthusiastic crowds at house concerts, music clubs, theaters, country & bluegrass festivals, and National Radio. Amy & Stillwaters represented the United States as the featured performers at the European World of Bluegrass convention in The Netherlands in May '98.
Amy is at home singing various musical styles -- country, folk, bluegrass or western swing--branding each song with soulful sincerity. Her influences are diverse, ranging from old and contemporary cowboy tunes learned out West, to great country artists like Emmylou Harris, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, and the Everly Brothers, with even a dash of blues influence thrown in--Koko Taylor, Katie Wilson, BB King, and Shemekiah Copeland.
The Long Way Home, recorded in Nashville, TN, is Amy's first solo effort. Grammy award-winning producer Rich Adler, who has worked with such noted musicians as Alison Krauss, Johnny Cash, Tom Paxton, David Mallett, Iris DeMent and Neil Young, assembled a cast of top-flight musicians for the project. In addition to fiddle wizard Randy Howard (who also plays mandolin on the project) the album features1998 IBMA Bass Player of the Year Missy Raines, and 1997 and 1998 IBMA Dobro Player of the Year Rob Ickes. Awards aside, it's the cohesiveness of the project as a whole--an Adler trademark--that makes this album a triumphant national debut for Amy Gallatin. "I'd say the album has an acoustic country feel, only with a wider range of contemporary, varied material," Amy says. "l knew without a doubt the instrumentation had to be acoustic, as all my albums have been." Jeff White, currently touring with Vince Gill, and a superb bluegrass musician in his own right, joins Amy for a lively duet on "Wake Me When That Sun Goes Down" penned by South Dakota songwriter Hank Harris. Guitarist and session leader Steven Sheehan, a Nashville veteran, has chalked-up projects with David Mallett and Claire Lynch, among many others. Percussionist Pat McInerney, renowned for his studio work as well as his tours with folk artist Nanci Griffith, rounds out the cast along with Jim Hoke on harmonica and clarinet.
released January 1, 1998
Produced by Rich Adler
Recorded and mixed by
Rich Adler at Suite 2000 Studio, Nashville, TN
Mastered by John Eberle at
Nashville Record Productions, Nashville, TN
Arrangements by Steven Sheehan, Amy Gallatin, and
Rich Adler, with help from Missy, Pat, and Randy.
Cover photography by Art Durity, Arthur Durity Images
Cover design by Roger Williams
Amy Gallatin: vocals
Steven Sheehan: Acoustic guitars, “Big” guitar
Randy Howard: Fiddle and mandolin
Missy Raines: Upright bass
Rob Ickes: Dobro and “Ickesenborn” steel guitar
Jeff White: Harmony and duet vocals
Pat McInerney: Percussion
Jim Hoke: Harmonica and clarinet
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