I Am Who Am (no label  IS-04152) 1982



Wisconsin group whose excellent custom record ranges from prog-edged rural rock to melodic folk-rock to acoustic ballads. Musical backing includes acoustic and electric guitars, harmonica, piano, synthesizer, bass, drums and flute. The lead singer has a gritty voice that strongly recalls Bob Dylan, while the music often evokes Dylan-esque moods as well, such as the tender melodic ballad ‘You Come Shinin’ Through’ or the brisk rockabilly folkrock of ‘I Keep Lookin’ Back’. The latter song’s Dylan inspiration is made obvious by the false blues-rock intro, abruptly ending as the group breaks out in laughter. ‘Matthew 7’ and ‘Amen Amen’ are the standouts, both solemn minor-key dramatic rural-rock pieces that build to climactic rocking peaks with dynamic electric guitar leads. Several touching ballads as well, including the acoustic ‘Garden Upon The Sill’, the somber cello-backed ‘Servant Of A Servant’ and the fragile guitar/piano ‘How Can I Help You’. All tracks written by rhythm guitarist and lead singer Dan Holstead. Attractive sepia cover photo of a lantern.     (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

This one was on the Heavenly Grooves blog.


Song #Song TitleTime
1-1Prologue – Exodus2:00
1-2You Come Shinin’ Through5:06
1-3Laugh Track0:34
1-4I Keep Lookin’ Back3:36
1-5How Can I Help You3:45
2-1Matthew 75:57
2-2Garden Upon The Sill4:57
2-5Servant Of A Servant3:55
Amen, Amen5:35
Epilogue – Revelation 221:28