Stone + Sand + Sea + Sky

Stone + Sand + Sea + Sky

by Penny LangPenny Lang


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Released in Canada and the United States in 2006, Stone + Sand + Sea + Sky is Penny Lang's first album since 1999 and the Canadian folk veteran's first studio recording since suffering a stroke in 2000 (when she was 58). Some singers who survived strokes have been forced to give up singing for good, but thankfully, Lang recovered enough to record again and provide a meaningful album. This excellent CD points to the fact that although Lang (who turned 64 in 2006) is folk-oriented, she has plenty of other influences as well. During the course of the album, Lang combines folk with everything from gospel ("Let Me Fly") to country ("If I Could Be the Rain," "Prairie Sky") to Celtic music (the title track) to jazz and torch singing ("Careless Love," "Room to Move"). The vocal jazz that Lang acknowledges on parts of Stone + Sand + Sea + Sky isn't the Charlie Parker-influenced bop of Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, and Abbey Lincoln, but rather, vocal jazz from the pre-bebop era (as in Billie Holiday, Mildred Bailey, and Hoagy Carmichael during the '30s). Regrettably, Lang's catalog isn't nearly as large as it should be; in a perfect world, she would have been recorded exhaustively back in the '60s, '70s, and '80s. And it's also regrettable that the Montreal native isn't as well-known in the United States as she is in Canada. But listeners can be thankful for the Lang albums that do exist, and that includes the rewarding Stone + Sand + Sea + Sky.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/13/2006
Label: Borealis Recording
UPC: 0773958117624
catalogNumber: 176
Rank: 132402

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Penny Lang   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Jim Staley   Trombone
Rebecca Coupe Franks   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Roma Baran   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards,Bottle,Lap Steel Guitar,Hi String,Weissenborn
Dave Clarke   Acoustic Guitar
Rachelle Garniez   Accordion
Tony Markellis   Bass
Linda Morrison   Background Vocals
Rick VanBenschoten   Bass
Vivian Stoll   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Marimbas,Bottle,Vibes,Hi Hat,Metal Bowls
Joel Zifkin   Fiddle
Kate McGarrigle   Banjo,Piano
Jason Lang   Background Vocals
Bill Gossage   Bass
Bill Garrett   Acoustic Guitar
Nicholas Williams   Wood Flute
Gaston Bernard   Fiddle,Mandolin,Viola
Michael Jerome Browne   Mandolin,Background Vocals
Sue Lothrop   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Frank Wakefield   Composer
Michael Jerling   Engineer
Rosalie Sorrels   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Roma Baran   Producer,Engineer
Barker   Composer
Dave Clarke   Engineer
John Herald   Composer
Linda Morrison   Composer
Bruce Phillips   Composer
Vivian Stoll   Producer,Engineer
Jason Lang   Engineer
Rob Heaney   Engineer
Penny Lang   Composer
Robert Yellin   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Heidi Fleming   Executive Producer
Wayne Schrengohst   Engineer
Dave Sturton   Engineer

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