Tanignak Productions Presents:
“If Not For Love/Old Tracks” -
The Stone Table String Band is me and a few of my like-
The cover of “If Not For Love/Old Tracks” shows two old family photos of Tim’s Mom as a toddler, with her brother, in 1918, and a logging train in Washington State around 1905. Colorized by Tim.
Sound samples from both albums
SAMPLE FOLK SONGS:
Columbus Stockade SAMPLE
Pack Up Your Sorrows SAMPLE
Kisses Sweeter Than Wine SAMPLE
Take Matty and Go SAMPLE
Hanna Lee SAMPLE
SAMPLE GOSPEL SONGS:
On a Hill SAMPLE
Lily of the Valley SAMPLE
Fall of Satan’s Kingdom SAMPLE
A New Name in Glory SAMPLE
SAMPLE LOVE SONGS:
No One to Talk My Troubles To SAMPLE
Wedding Song SAMPLE
Tomorrow Lies In the Cradle SAMPLE
This is the Day SAMPLE
The track list panel from the double-
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The Story Behind the Songs
By Timothy Smith, Tanignak Productions, 11/2011
Old Tracks (a bonus album):
About the Album:
Back in 1980, I started working with Bruce Adams, who had served with
me at Camp Woody in Alaska in the 1970’s, to produce music cassettes
to give as Christmas gifts. Our first efforts are found in Birthday Music, a
CD of Christmas music also available at tanignak.com. We recorded a lot
of folk and gospel tracks in the tradition of groups like the Kingston Trio
and the Wedgwood. Unfortunately, we recorded cassette to cassette, using
a small mixer to overdub ourselves, which resulted in some pretty deficient
recordings. But now, thanks to visual digital editing capabilities, new software
and a broadcast-
Because they show the deficiencies of the original recording format, the 14 remastered/restored songs are included on this CD as bonus tracks!
The Songs of “Old Tracks”
Columbus Stockade is lyrically a combination of versions by the Kingston Trio
and the Chad Mitchell Trio, but instrumentally it was an experiment in
Pack Up Your Sorrows is based on arrangements by Marj Snyder and Peter,
Paul and Mary. I used a yard-
also played mandolin and guitar.
Coal Tattoo -
layer that had the best banjo part. The lead vocal is very thin from cassette-
Kisses Sweeter than Wine is also a famous Weavers song. Debbie does
a rare solo turn in a couple of spots.
Take Matty and Go was re-
steel drum sound of lots of kitchen pots and pans. The high, clear notes are
from Corelleware dishes. This track was digitally restored using three different
takes. The line about “Jordache” was added during the ’80’s jeans craze.
Run the Ridges is another degraded, restored track, but we did such a dramatic
job on it that here it is. Learned from the Kingston Trio. My rhythm guitar in
these sessions was a very thin sounding $50 6 string from Sears Surplus.
Hanna Lee -
and falsetto vocals in the chorus.
On a Hill was learned from Kentucky Faith, which eventually became
Brush Arbor. This was my first attempt at singing three harmony parts.
Come to the Rock medley -
middle song is You’ll Get Yours, and I’ll Get Mine, by Johnny Cash. The
cheap Sears guitar had a pickup, which provides the country licks.
Joel the Prophet is by my college friend, Larry Wagner (who can write
excellently in any style). The arrangement is reminiscent of songs by Lamb.
David and Goliath is also by Larry. I gave this song a “Heartbreak Hotel”
sound, but according to a friend who previewed it, I can only manage to
sound like Ricky Nelson, not Elvis! Notice that Larry actually rhymes the
names of the old Philistine (“Philly”) cities from the Bible story!
Kelly on bass). Here Bruce and I add to the original earnest folk arrangement.
Lily of the Valley is an old hymn. (Old hymns never die; they just become
bluegrass numbers!) Inspired by the folk-
Which Side are You On? Arlo Guthrie took the chorus of an old union organizing
song and wedded it to powerful gospel verses. With “pocket change.”
If Not For Love (a Gospel and Love Song Album):
This album had its origin in music sung for various friends’ weddings, and the
fact that we upgraded from cassette to Hi-
various albums we had started, we went all-
The Love and the Mercy (also available at tanignak.com). This is the first
release for most of these songs, and they sound great after all these years.
The Songs of “If Not For Love”
Gospel Road is the first song on this CD to be recorded on videotape, which
we adopted after the introduction of Hi-
This it the title track from Johnny Cash’s 1973 film, and I do all the verses.
Fall of Satan’s Kingdom is from the Wedgwood’s version, but I added verses
from a Weavers song and a bridge from a Kingston Trio song.
A New Name in Glory features Bruce on rhythm guitar and singing choruses
with me (doing a bluegrass-
a digital delay box. I added a “calliope” using my daughter’s Casio keyboard.
If Not For Love by C. Wren is one of Johnny Cash’s lesser-
but I have sung it since the early 1970‘s. This 1994 recording features
guitar, bass, and solo vocal, and is a fitting theme song for this set.
No One to Talk My Troubles To was a famous (mostly) solo effort by
Nick Reynolds of the Kingston Trio. I contend that this is the best “single”
song ever, capturing all the longings of someone who is still alone and
doesn’t like it. It was a song I sang a lot (as a single) in college!
You Got Me Runnin’ was a minor top-
a couple of weeks below #35 in 1976 or 1977. Debbie sings the chorus lead,
and I added two harmony parts, in this simple arrangement from 1994. It’s a
really sweet love song.
friend’s wedding in 1992. Debbie does a splendid vocal turn here, and my
plectrum mandolin helps to balance out the overly-
“Flange” was all the rage in the early 1990’s. I engineered a new ending for
this song when the original suffered from noticeable video degradation.
You may notice a “brrt” sound every so often from video tracking problems.
Wedding Song -
when it became known, but since I learned it the week it came out back in
1971, I felt free to include this version. I used a portable pickup on my
so tinny that it nearly ruined the track. However, the three part harmonies
are pretty good. This is the classic wedding ceremony song of my generation.
Tomorrow Lies in the Cradle (This was written, if you can believe it, by the
same songwriting team of Hellerman and Minkoff that wrote “Take Matty
and Go!“) It was added to this album basically by popular demand from the
two or three people that had heard our version. After hearing our daughter
Kirstin (now all grown up and married) end the song as a toddler, I dare you
not to need a Kleenex!
This is the Day -
for Bruce and Christine’s wedding, and then years later, he and I laid down
a really tight performance, aided greatly by Debbie’s ethereal vocals in the
background. This was by far the best I could do without true multi-
and discreet channel recording. It’s also a really great love song, which I
interpret as having an anniversary, rather than a wedding, focus.
Who Does What on These Tracks (Both Albums):
Bruce helped start this thing out by learning to play bass, which encouraged
me to continue the sound that my brother Kelly and I had years before in
Alaska. He also helped with tambourine, and sang backup on a few songs.
Debbie assumed she couldn’t sing well enough to be recorded, but judge
for yourself: she has a sweet alto that is easy to listen to, and she was both
brave enough to try, and patient enough when Bruce and I made recording studios out of our family rooms in Upland, then Ontario, and finally Fontana.
I played classical, 6-
and banjo, and sang lead and did as many as three vocal parts, plus helping with the famous “pocket change” and other percussion. Hope you enjoy it.
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