Homesteading (Candle Company CCM-1003) 1975

 

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Don’t pass up this guy / gal duo (Jim and Dee Patton) based on the name. I think I did that initially figuring it was Southern Gospel, cheesy easy listening or whatever. Idiot. If I’d at least listened to the doggone thing I’d a discovered some decent folk-rockin’ Jesus music with jangly CSN-ish acoustic guitar and a rural feel reminiscent of Phoenix Sonshine or early Maranatha bands like Blessed Hope and Country Faith. Nice unpolished feel with piano, organ, harmonica, synth, dulcimer and bongos all getting their turns. Fun honky-tonkin’ blues on ‘Last Days Waltz’ (which is also covered on Barry McGuire’s Seeds). An earlier rarer 1973 press exists with a different cover photo, no album title, and only the signatures “Jim Patton” and “Dee Patton” on the back to identify the artist. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

 

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Thank you Donald for the rear cover photo and the front and rear cover photos of the second cover and the track list.

 

Tracks:

Song #Song TitleTime
1-1Wounded Tune2:18
1-2People Need God2:39
1-3Anytime2:13
1-4The Way It's Always Been2:48
1-5Till He Comes Back Home2:04
2-1It's Your Birthday2:47
2-2Fruit Above, Root Below2:46
2-3Last Daze Waltz2:37
2-4Glorious Prince2:45
2-5Father Of Lights3:26

 

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