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Editors’ Notes

Eliza Gilkyson stockpiled the songs that came to her in the middle of the night, which are often of a far dimmer tone than those she concocts during the day. Therefore, it’s no surprise when the tone that emanates track to track here is eerie and forlorn. Gilkyson understands the sublime beauty that's often captured in the darkest moments. Folk music itself is jammed with bloody deaths and floods that took everything in their wakes. She works wonders with the poet William Stafford’s lines and John Gorka’s music for “Where No Monument Stands,” about a field where no battle ever occurred. “No Tomorrow” is her “end times” love song. “An American Boy” speaks of unspeakable violence that lurks and is eventually actualized. Her father, legendary folk musician Terry Gilkyson, is paid tribute with a cover of his “Fast Freight,” once performed by The Kingston Trio and Tim Hardin. Eliza turns to the electric guitar for “The Red Rose and the Thorn” and is matched by The Faces’ Ian McLagan on Hammond B-3 for a stroke of musical light.

Customer Reviews

What a fine album!

Eliza Gilkyson gives us another wonderful album, lovely, sad and beautiful. Highlights include "Midnight Oil", the love song "No Tomorrow", the stark "American Boy" about gun violence, "The Red Rose and the Thorn" and "World Without End". As with all her recent albums, her voice is just gorgeous, there's beautiful electric guitar, dobro and other lonely instrumentation. She is one of the best singers around, and all too attuned to the hard times we're living in.


Born: 1950 in Hollywood, CA

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Folk singer/songwriter Eliza Gilkyson was born in Hollywood, California, the daughter of folk-pop singer/songwriter Terry Gilkyson (1916-1999). Her father wrote and recorded "The Cry of the Wild Goose," which Frankie Laine covered for a number one hit in 1950, as well as the 1953 Top Ten hit "Tell Me a Story," recorded by Laine Jimmy Boyd. As a performer, he was co-credited with the Weavers on the 1951 Top Ten hit "On Top of Old Smoky." With Richard Dehr and Frank Miller, he was a member of the Easy...
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