Liz Masterson has just recorded a very nice eclectic CD of 11 tunes with many very talented musicians backing her up. Behind Liz's vocals we can really enjoy the guitars of Mike Dowling or Ernie Martinez. Ernie is also heard playing mandolin, Dobro and snare drum. Duane Webster plays acoustic bass and either Julia Hays or Ron Jones play fiddle. Rob Lowe plays piano and Harry Grainger plays baritone saxophone. The background vocalists are Carla Sciaky, Tim Cook, Jean Prescott, Mollie O'Brien and Vicki Jones.
The album opens with Liz doing Bobby Troup's pop standard Route 66. Other pop standards that are also rejuvenated are Isham Jones and Gus Kahn's It Had to Be You, I'm Confessin' and Spring Cleanin'. The Sons of the Pioneers are remembered with a beautiful version of Tim Spencer's By a Campfire on the Trail. The songbook of the Western Swing legends is rejuvenated with An Old Watermill by a Waterfall from Milton Brown and Brain Cloudy Blues from Bob Wills and Tommy Duncan. There is also a remake of the Irish classic Homes of Donegal and a vocal version of Jay Ungar's Ashokan Farewell. The final two items are the yodel tune When You're Blue Just Yodel and the south of the border classic from the Les Paul and Mary Ford songbook, Vaya Con Dios.
This CD can be obtained for $18 from Liz Masterson, PO Box 12699, Denver, CO 80212.It can also be ordered with PayPal on www.lizmasterson.com
Mike Gross, KSEY-FM, Seymour, TX & KTNK-AM, Lompoc, CA