Ethan Wiley - Take a Stand

Ethan Wiley - Take a Stand
Duration:
48:46
Release Date:
May 29, 2001
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Recording Location:
Catfish Studios, Ossining, NY
Album:
Take a Stand
Recording Date:
2001

Ethan Wiley's Take a Stand is a warm and pleasant album through and through, much in the spirit of the acoustic chamber music of Edgar Meyer, the Wayfaring Strangers (with whom Wiley shares bassist Jim Whitney), and the Deadly Nightshade Family Singers. The odd thing about it is the contrast it provides with Wiley's day job: B-movie director of such films as Children of the Corn V and the House series. On Take a Stand, Wiley focuses on compositions created for the mandocello, an instrument similar to the mandolin, although larger (as the viola is to the violin). The gentle pieces are filled out with gentle touches from master percussionist Joe Craven, who has spent many years playing behind acoustic guru David Grisman. Craven's additions, though subtle, are quite formidable. In places, such as "Shinglehouse Road" and "Mr. Good Timing," Wiley comes closer to traditional bluegrass, though the music retrains a newgrass vibe throughout. This seems to be a common theme for many of the songs composed for mandolin, at which Wiley is also adept. Jon Sholle also adds colorful guitar and dobro.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Take a Stand / Ethan WileyEthan Wiley feat: Joe Craven / Jon Sholle / Jim Whitney3:05
McLaughlin's Dance / Ethan WileyEthan Wiley feat: Joyce Andersen / Jon Sholle3:22
The Little Things / Ethan WileyEthan Wiley feat: Joyce Andersen / Jon Sholle / Jim Whitney3:09
Out of Here / Ethan WileyEthan Wiley feat: Joe Craven3:15
Shinglehouse Road / Ethan WileyEthan Wiley feat: Joyce Andersen / Jon Sholle / Jim Whitney3:10
Idle Time / Ethan WileyEthan Wiley feat: Joyce Andersen / Stevie Blacke / Joe Craven / Jon Sholle / Jim Whitney3:24
Claire Days / Ethan WileyEthan Wiley feat: Joyce Andersen / Joe Craven / Jon Sholle / Jim Whitney3:42
Turtle's Nap / Ethan WileyEthan Wiley feat: Joyce Andersen / Jon Sholle / Jim Whitney4:00
Steffen / Ethan WileyEthan Wiley feat: Joyce Andersen / Joe Craven / Jon Sholle / Jim Whitney5:02
Mr. Good Timing / Ethan WileyEthan Wiley feat: Joyce Andersen / Jon Sholle / Jim Whitney2:47
Hualtuco / Ethan WileyEthan Wiley feat: Joyce Andersen / Joe Craven / Jon Sholle / Jim Whitney3:34
Yello Cello / Ethan WileyEthan Wiley3:08
Kitten's Smitten / Ethan WileyEthan Wiley feat: Jon Sholle / Jim Whitney3:59
The Unfortunate Mule Incident / Ethan WileyEthan Wiley feat: Joyce Andersen / Joe Craven / Jon Sholle / Jim Whitney3:09