Caroline Doctorow | Follow You Down

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Follow You Down

by Caroline Doctorow

This is a contemporary folk/blues album.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Will If You Want Me To
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2. Vanetta
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3. Follow You Down
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4. Carry It On
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5. Something I Can Use
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6. Lady Godiva
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7. Your Good Side
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8. One Too Many Mornings
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9. How Can We Hang Onto a Dream
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10. Other Side of This Life
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Caroline Doctorow is a singer/songwriter from Bridgehampton, NY. She has just released her fifth album, "Follow You Down" (Narrow Lane Records).
Caroline grew up in a literary family. Her father is renowned author E.L. Doctorow. Her mother is from the south and both of her parents played folk music as a hobby when she was a child. Caroline quickly became enamored of the folk stars that she met through her family such as Pete Seeger, Judy Collins, Mimi Farina and Joan Baez, whom she counts as a significant influence.
As a teen, Caroline traveled the Greyhound bus line up and down the east coast, going to and performing in, many folk festivals. She spent her college years in Amherst, Massachusetts, mostly playing music and not going to classes very often.
Her performance of the classic folk song, "This Little Light of Mine" can be heard on the PBS series, "Freedom: A History Of Us", narrated by Katie Couric.
All the hard work is now beginning to pay off. On her upcoming new release, "Follow You Down", it is Caroline's songwriting that stands out. Many of the songs are dark in theme with a sublime use of language. "Will If You Want Me To" (the enclosed single and the opening track of the album) is just one example. The song has the sound of a classic. One can hear the many musical influences that run through her songwriting, yet the songs are undeniably hers. "The sound we were after on the record was live and untreated," explains Caroline. "The musicians were all in one room together, and we recorded the instruments as simply as possible. Each musician sounds as if they are sitting there playing their instrument right next to you. We also left my vocals alone and untreated. I like how I sound best that way, with no effects and no pro-tools. All the mistakes are left in, and so much more emotion comes across that way."
Over the years, Caroline's back-up band has included many luminaries in the acoustic music world including, on dobro, Cindy Cashdollar (Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams), on banjo, Eric Weissberg ("Deliverance") and on fiddle, Barbara Lamb ("Asleep At The Wheel").


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Follow You Down
shed June 04, 2006

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There's something immediately familiar about Caroline Doctorow. And no, it's not just the surname she shares with her father, renowned novelist E.L. Doctorow. From the opening guitar strum of her latest album, Caroline Doctorow creates an intimate encounter with her listeners, teasing and soothing them with the stories she's gathered from her days criss-crossing the country on Greyhound buses.

Doctorow's songs truly can be called folk music. Throughout Follow You Down, Doctorow takes on the persona of a quick sketch artist. She draws on characters so strong one begins to imagine the physical features of the people and places that drive her words. But more importantly, Doctorow scratches deep beneath the surface of her subjects.

She brings out the often arid lifescapes that are usually only seen in a glimpse of an eye or the momentary down turned smile of people who unconsciously beg you to notice them. Perhaps what is familiar are those moments when each of us just wants someone, anyone to acknowledge our dreary existence.

Musically, Doctorow's album overflows with an effervescent country flavor, spiced nicely with Andrew Carillo's lap steel and acoustic guitar work, producer Frank Carillo's electric slide guitar, Karl Allweiler's upright bass, and Eddie Seville's drums. But Doctorow's band stays consistent with a folk sound that is a little reminiscent of progenitors Richard and Mimi Farina and perhaps a little Delaney and Bonnie thrown in for good measure.

Doctorow's singing is at times a bit strained, having a tad bit of difficulty remaining in key. But it's all good. For the most part, folk music is more about the words and the instrumental back up than the quality of the singing, although the genre has produced some extraordinary vocalists through the years.

But what sells this record is Doctorow's prodigious gifts as a wordsmith. Her years on the road have given her a tremendous insight into the human heart, and her compassion for the people and places she's spent time in creates a warm hearth for these enigmatic souls. They gather around it and praise the tiny God's which have sustained them through inner droughts that robbed them of a sense of place in the world. It's no easy feat to present an album which exposes the secret life that occurs behind the eyelids of the desperate soul, especially nowadays with so much adulation about self-absorption.

So Doctorow's work here is a fitting tribute to the family name. Much like her father's novels, Caroline Doctorow opens up new passageways to understanding with Follow You Down. For those willing to open their spirits to Follow You Down, you'll feel like you've travailed a long, dusty path to find the familiar, welcoming gardens of home, embraced and succored by Doctorow's lovingly poetic arms.