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by John Roy Zat

Playing music with other people is one of life's greatest joys, and I have played with many talented folks over the years. This is a compilation of recordings from some of those collaborations. It features both traditional and original songs.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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1. Johnny Fonteneau (Feat. Dale Scott, Willie Pettus, Brian Bloom & John Bidwell)
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2. A Few More Miles (Feat. Brian Bloom, John Bidwell, Dale Scott & Willie Pettus)
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3. Midnight On the Water (Feat. Floyd Latimer & Doug Wilcox)
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4. Don't Let Your Deal Go Down (Feat. Brian Bloom)
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5. In The Moonlight (Feat. Brian Bloom, John Bidwell & Dale Scott)
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6. Tonight My Sleep Is Restless (Feat. Brian Bloom, John Bidwell & Dale Scott)
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7. Is That You, Lord (Feat. Brian Bloom, John Bidwell, Dan Kazarsky & Willie Pettus)
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8. Crazy Glue (Feat. Julie Smith)
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9. Franky and Johnny (Feat. Brian Bloom, John Bidwell, Dan Kazarsky & Willie Pettus)
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10. Starlight River (Feat. Marty Cohen, Tom Kline & Jean C. White)
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Album Notes
All words and music by John Roy Zat, except as noted.

Song Notes (the numbers refer to Performance Notes further below).

Johnny Fonteneau (1) – With some help from Chuck, this is the story of a little Cajun fiddler.

A Few More Miles (1) – For all road warriors, this is an ode to home and the sweetness of reuniting with the one who has been waiting for your return.

Midnight On The Water (2) – I was over at Kate Wolf’s house many years ago and sang the words I’d written to this lovely fiddle tune. She liked it so much she recorded it on her second album, and I got to play the fiddle part.

Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down (3) – A traditional folk song of warning to the young ladies.

In The Moonlight (4) – Falling in love in the moonlight. I was trying to learn a Balfa brothers tune and couldn’t figure out the Cajun French words, so I wrote my own. It turns out that I got their melody wrong also, so I guess I wrote the music too.

Tonight My Sleep Is Restless (4) – I learned this beautiful fiddle tune from an Alasdair Fraser CD and I was inspired by its title to write words. A song about loss for Paul and Marlee, and also now for John, Barbara and Jessi.

Is That You, Lord (5) – An age old question to which there is no solid answer, which is why I guess they call it “faith”.

Crazy Glue (6) – I wrote this song for my parents who had over 60 years together of loving and scrapping. They were truly stuck on each other.
Franky and Johnny (5) – Charlie Poole’s arrangement of a traditional ballad. Sometimes the scrapping can go too far.

Starlight River (7) – Love and loss under a beautiful starry night. Co-written with Jean White.

Performance Notes:

(1) Live recording with "Don't Look Back" with John Bidwell on dobro or weissenborn; Brian Bloom on guitar; Willie Pettus on mandolin and backing vocal; Dale Scott on bass; and JRZ on fiddle and lead vocal.

(2) Home studio recording with "Spare Me The Details" with Floyd Latimer on mandolin and backing vocal; Doug Wilcox on guitar; JRZ on fiddle and lead vocal.

(3) Home studio recording with Brian Bloom on lead guitar; JRZ on all other instruments and vocals.

(4) Live performance recording at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, same personnel and instrumentation as Note (1).

(5) Home studio recording with the same personnel as Note (1) except Dan Kazarsky is playing bass instead of Dale Scott.

(6) Home studio recording with Julie Smith on lead vocal, and JRZ all other instruments and lead vocal.

(7) Live recording with "the Connectors" featuring: Jean White on guitar and backing vocal; Tom Cline on dobro; Marty Cohen on bass; and JRZ on telecaster and lead vocal.


Much appreciation to Cynthia Navarro for graphics design and artistic eye. Mastered at Corner House by Ace Ableson.



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