Eliza Gilkyson Releases
The Nocturne Diaries
March 18 2014
Eliza Gilkyson’s upcoming album The Nocturne Diaries will be released on March 18 on Red House records.
Produced and recorded in her hometown of Austin with her son Cisco Ryder, The Nocturne Diaries is a restless, contemplative work. The songs range from up-tempo country stompers to a haunting version of the folk classic “Fast Freight” the recording of which was very much a family affair. As well as Ryder producing the album, “Fast Freight” was written by her father Terry Gilkyson and includes guest vocals by her daughter Delia Castillo. Other guests on the record include Warren Hood, legendary keyboardist Ian McLagan (Faces, Small Faces, Patty Griffin) and Red House label mates Ray Bonneville and Lucy Kaplansky.
As Gilkyson writes in the liner notes, “The songs that come in the night are very different than the daylight songs. Usually the big themes crop up in the dark, thoughts of mortality, the state of the world, the plight of mankind, one’s failures, losses and fears – the things we are too distracted to notice during the day… To me, the challenge today is to remain human when everything around us compels us to shut down.”
“The Nocturne Diaries is as much about the darkness in the middle of the night as it is about getting through to night’s end. It’s a journey album that wrestles with some of life’s greatest questions, pays tribute to her family and heroes, and discovers what ultimately matters most.” – Kim Ruehl, Folk Alley
Click here to read the rest of Kim Ruehl’s album review and you can also listen to The Nocturne Diaries in its entirety from now until the release date March 18 – not much time! I have just heard the whole album and it is impressive – follow the link and make up your own mind.
Eliza has announced US and UK tour dates as well as SxSW performances.
I remember her fine performance at an in-store at Basement Discs Melbourne, Australia in 2009. The Nocturne Diaries is her seventeenth original album and follows Red Horse (2010) and Roses At The End Of Time (2011).
Read about the new album The Nocturne Diaries by Eliza Gilkyson