ELBOW ROOM Introduction Every man needs space and freedom to create. One also needs time. I've always found there are never enough hours I the day to do everything I want to. This project was no exception. I had to compete with five wonderful months of Montana's summer at which time I was challenged to canoe a river or climb a mountain or just to hike and gaze at the miles of wide, open spaces. This recording is a musical journey representing the many miles that I have traveled. Whether it was my first recollections of different musical tones, the discovery of string band and blues music of the rural south or the music of W.A. Mozart, I just wanted to make the music I heard in my head. One doesn't ever know what direction his musical path will take. Mine has taken me all around this world. I've traveled the back roads of the Appalachian Mountains, the avenues of Nashville Tennessee and wandered the archives of the Library of Congress in search of America's musical heritage. In this world of global communication with the stresses of a modern day culture, man finds it harder and harder to find a place to rest and to be able to hear himself think. This music is not only a trek through my musical life and styles, but it is a statement to every man's quest to have more "elbow room". In my travels I have always gravitated to the remote areas of the wilderness to " listen to the silence". I've always considered recordings as audio photographs or paintings, if you will, with each cut capturing a musician at that moment with the many colors and tones of their performance. For each tune on this disc, I've tried to collect the right players for the flavor and tone of that sound, then taken a picture. I hope that something here will make you smile or let you tap your foot. If so, I've done my job. Additional Liner notes by John Hartford Meet this Composer- Dennis White Dennis White is a balladeer, composer, storyteller, actor, Grammy nominated producer and musician. He was raised in the North Carolina Foothills and reflects the true oral and musical tradition of the region. He is a well-seasoned musician with many years of personal appearances as well as radio and television appearances to his credit. His production credits include director of June Apal Recordings. Performance credits include The Grand Ole Opry, Harry Chapin's Cotton Patch Gospel Musical, and the 1996 Tennessee State Old Time Banjo Champion. Presently, as director of The Montana Mandolin Society, he has conducted appearances on NPR's All Things Considered, The JF Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and a musical ambassador tour throughout Japan. He and his music most recently appeared on the Discovery Channel's 2003 documentary "In Search of Lewis and Clark".
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