Homesteading (Candle Company CCM-1003) 1975
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).
Thank you Donald for the rear cover photo and the front and rear cover photos of the second cover and the track list.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-2||People Need God||2:39|
|1-4||The Way It's Always Been||2:48|
|1-5||Till He Comes Back Home||2:04|
|2-1||It's Your Birthday||2:47|
|2-2||Fruit Above, Root Below||2:46|
|2-3||Last Daze Waltz||2:37|
|2-5||Father Of Lights||3:26|