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Emily's Angel

by Valerie & Walter Crockett

Acoustic Americana -- country, folk, blues, bluegrass and rock'n'roll blended together, with great lyrics and plenty of harmony.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. You've Had Your Chances
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2. Emily's Angel
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3. For The Long Run
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4. I Want You To Know
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5. Same Train
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6. I Thought I Had A Rock
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7. One Special Day
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8. I Got the Blues Again
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9. Bubblegum
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10. Just Let Your Love
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11. 13 Letters
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12. Ice Cream Man
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Album Notes
"Have you heard them? They're wonderful." - Dick Pleasants, dean of American folk deejays. WGBH and WUMB, Boston.

Emily's Angel, Valerie & Walter Crockett's third album of eclectic Americana, features their crack acoustic band, the Oxymorons (motto: "We'll drive you to a frenzy of catatonia!"), plus guest appearances by Duke Levine(Mary Chapin Carpenter's band) on electric guitar, Dave Dick (Northern Lights) on banjo, and Roger Williams (formerly of Southern Rail) on dobro. The Oxymorons are Bob Dick (Front Range), who plays acoustic bass with V&W and produces their albums; keyboard player Mark Manuel, who doubles on accordion and sax; mandolinist Fran McConville, who doesn't know how to play anything else; and drummer Bill MacGillivray (Dennis Brennan Band).

If you like Dan Hicks, Geoff Muldaur, Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks, and Mose Allison, you might love this album. Then again, there's no accounting for taste.

The story behind Emily's Angel
Our daughter, Emily, has an incurable brain tumor. In the late fall of 1998, Emily was experiencing brutal headaches and severe light-sensitivity. With the shades pulled down and her head bundled up with ice packs, she spent a lot of time listening to country music on WKLB. Emily had long felt especially connected to Garth Brooks. She dreamed about him often. One night at bedtime she told her mother that she was sure she would get to meet him someday. We didn't see much chance of that.

But five days later Emily was granted her wish: a trip to New York City to meet Garth backstage before he was to appear on The View. The hoped-for chat turned into a three-day stay, as Garth invited Emily and Valerie to stay on at his expense in New York City and attend the Christmas tree lighting at Rockefeller Center. It was the final week of his three-year tour.

He put them up in a fine hotel, bought them clothes for the stay, and let them hang out with his family and Trisha Yearwood. Garth walked around backstage and made sure all the lights were dimmed. He talked to Emily and stroked her head. "Always believe," he said during their last meeting. "You have to always believe. If you don't understand that, then you've never truly heard a single Garth song." Then he gave her his tour guitar.

When they got home, Emily had brain surgery. Two months later, Valerie wrote "Emily's Angel," and Emily wrote, "One Special Day." Emily is 15 now. She and her mother still think about the trip every day.

This album is dedicated to Garth Brooks, Emily's angel.


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Joe C

Wonderful CD
Beautiful and uplifting lyrics and music. After reading about Emily's brain tumor, I cried listening to Emily's Angel and One Special Day.

The Glory Bound Band

I think that it's good to write and sing and play.Hope you get better soon emily
ok.Good job Emily!God Bless,

Your songs are from the HEART. Blessings from Nashivlle.
You all (I guess now I'm supposed to say "y'all" since I'm in Nashville) make me proud to have been born and raised in Worcester. Keep the Faith, Emily. God Bless you. (Sean O'Shea)


a true inspiration
I probably can't say this in a review because its wrong but i actually met Emily. This album is beautiful but to hear Emily tell you her story herself is absolutly amazing. it brought me to tears the first time i heard it. But please buy this album. Its worth it

jimmy max

good stuff
Not only is this CD emotional and inspirational but its solid good music too.

Jane Nixon

Walt, Val and Emily too are poets of the highest quality!
The Crocketts are poets and with their fellow musicians evoke all sorts of emotions - very good music!