Backroom Takes (Gowdy-Ivy E-292) 1978


Kevin had previously recorded a fine down-to-earth hippie folk custom with Hol Bredeweg (see entry under Hol Bredeweg & Kevin Gowdy). The appropriately named Backroom Takes has at times a similar homegrown acoustic vibe. but with greater maturity and artistic focus. Kevin and Hol are both involved on this project, plus there are two additional participants, Achim Kukarans and Dale Weir. The base of acoustic guitars, mandolin and banjo has been expanded to periodically include string ensemble, percussion and electric piano, yet without sacrificing the appeal of the natural unplugged setting. Some nice folky singer-songwriter tunes here, but the best numbers have either a fragile melancholy presence (‘I’m Sorry’, ‘Susan’s Day’, ‘More Than Words’) or mysterious loner folk/psych aura (‘Swan And Sparrow’). ‘Communion’ supplies a folksy instrumental with playful mandolin and banjo action. All original songs written by Kevin, including three that are re-interpreted from their earlier 1p. Kevin and Hol were seniors at United Theological Seminary at the time of this recording. Custom press from Clear Lake, Iowa. (The Archivist, 4th Edition by Ken Scott).

I have not acquired this album yet. Thank you Ken for the front cover photo and Discogs  for the rear cover and label  photos and track list.


Song #Song TitleTime
1-1I'm Tired 4:03
1-2Susan's Day 3:44
1-3More Than Words 3:07
1-4Trilogy / Epitaph 7:05
2-1Communion 2:47
2-2Swan And Sparrow 3:33
2-3Another Step Away 3:00
2-4Songwriter 3:31
2-5I'm Tired / Revisited 2:20