First Offering

First Offering

by The Peasall SistersThe Peasall Sisters


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Product Details

Release Date: 11/26/2002
Label: Varese Sarabande
UPC: 0030206642520
catalogNumber: 066425
Rank: 236237

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peasall Sisters   Primary Artist
Larry Franklin   Fiddle
Dave Pomeroy   Bass
Aubrey Haynie   Mandolin,Octave Fiddle
Dennis Dearing   Guitar
Dan Needham   Drums
Tim Lauer   Percussion,Accordion,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Pump Organ,fender rhodes
Bryan Sutton   Banjo,Guitar
Sarah Peasall   Guitar
Hannah Peasall   Mandolin

Technical Credits

Brent King   Engineer
Dennis Dearing   Producer,overdub engineer,Vocal Engineer
Bill Pitzonka   Art Direction
W.S. Stevenson   Composer
Melissa Mattey   Engineer
Public Domain   Composer
Traditional   Composer

Customer Reviews

First Offering 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Peasall Sisters (Sarah-15, Hannah-12 and Leah-9) were heard, but not seen, as the singing voices of George Clooney's daughters in the film "O Brother Where Art Thou?" Their fame expanded with the platinum success of the film's soundtrack, and their voices were finally mated to their bodies on the subsequent "Down From the Mountain" tour. ¶ Their solo debut combines a pair of Carter Family standards with a ten songs of faith, including gospel, hymns and contemporary Christian tunes. The sisters voices shine especially bright on the traditional tunes, backed in acoustic arrangements by some of Nashville's finest studio players. Even when backing themselves on the Carter Family tunes, the sisters' rudimentary guitar (Sarah) and mandolin (Hannah) provide a rootsy, if sometimes plodding, beauty. ¶ Such young voices might be at odds with the heartbroken lyric of "Carter's Blues," but their traded verses and yodels are moving and effective. Ralph Stanley's "I'm Ready to Go" and an acapella take of Joseph Gilmore's civil-war era, bible-inspired "He Leadeth Me," show off the sisters' years of wood-shedding in church. ¶ The contemporary songs don't fare quite as well. Crossing modern-day Christian vocabulary with children's voices results in precious tunes like Chaz Bosarge's "Jump" and "I'm That Sparrow." Still, even amidst the treacle, the girls voices shine, both in harmony and in solos, and Lee Domann's fiddle-based hymn, "Jesus Laughing," fits nicely with the album's traditional selections. ¶ While the Peasall Sisters don't exhibit the outsider naivete of other child "folk" singers (e.g., The Langley Schools Music Project), neither are they the fully pre-formed Nashville child product that made a brief run in LeAnn Rimes' wake. There's an innocence in the Peasall's music, born from both the freshness of their harmonies and the faith in their chosen lyrics, leavened with just enough professionalism to elevate their work from novelty to novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great album, First Offering was so great, the girls remind me of my daughters when they sang at Sunday services a long time ago.