“A troubador’s sentiment & a tradfolker’s heart.” ― Joshua Farber, Cover Lay Down
they speak at night is Potts-Dupre’s second release. With thirteen original songs that run the gamut from ballads, ghost stories, songs of love and relationships, blues rock, a rabble rousing labor song, songs of death and songs of life, this CD will appeal to lovers of real acoustic music. The first two songs, “Just Like You” and “Bittersweet”, are prime examples of how Potts-Dupre uses his life and relationships – in this case as a father of two daughters – to paint poignant stories of a father being reminded of his late wife while watching his daughter run in a cornfield or a father having the mixed emotions of joy and sadness during his daughter’s wedding. Potts-Dupre also writes about love and marriage from the rare perspective of someone who has been married for thirty seven years. “I Will” and “Do You Remember, Livy” provide guidance on how to stay in such a relationship. “Come Be With Me”, a duet with Rose Parkington backed on violin and vocals from the Parkington Sisters, is a simple heartfelt love story.
There is something for everyone on this CD -- a haunting ghost story (“The Boy on Dismal Hollow Road”), a hard driving blues-rock song about sadness and love (“Down While Uptown”) and a song about our ancestors guiding us in our dreams (“They Speak At Night”). A particularly emotional song is “Music for Mom” based on Potts-Dupre’s mother’s Alzheimers’ and how music would waken her and bring her joy. The documentarian Rossato-Bennett, whose film “Alive Inside” deals with music and Alzheimers’, plans to use the song to promote his film. Finally, there is “Join the Union, Joe”, a song where union members try to convince a non-union worker of the value of the union. Karen Collins (“No Yodeling on the Radio”) is one of the union members. This song is especially meaningful since Potts-Dupre has been a union lawyer for twenty-eight years.
The CD feature Potts-Dupre, with John Previti (upright and electric bass), Paul Garisto (drums and percussion), Steve Steckler (guitars), the Parkington Sisters (vocals and violins), Heather Aubrey Lloyd (vocals), Kristen Jones (cello), Karen Collins (vocals), Mindy McWilliams (violin), Dan Robinson (vocals and mandolin), Jay Endelman (guitar), Tom Kaufman (bass), Carl Cantrell (vocals) and Sven Abow (drums).
“With Midwest values like this, it’s easy to picture Potts-Dupre at some future date singing along with Garrison Keillor from the Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul. . . But don’t get the wrong idea—while [Potts-Dupre] extolls the life and loves of the regular guy, the musicianship is exquisite, with plenty of artful flourishes.” ― Takoma Voice