Dwight Phetteplace | Down The Merrimack

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Down The Merrimack

by Dwight Phetteplace

Lyric-centered, direct story songs and wry commentaries layered over fingerstyle quitar; writes like Bill Morrissey, sounds like David Mallett.
Genre: Folk: Folk Blues
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1. Love Song to Myself
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2. Down the Merrimack
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3. Left Side Shoulder Seam
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4. Sell You this Car
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5. Betty Monologue
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6. Betty
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7. Plowman
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8. Looks Like Love
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9. If I'd Known
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10. St. Anne's Reel
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11. Can't Force the Music
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12. Growing Well
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13. Billie and Maggie
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14. Blindsided
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15. Reaching Out
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16. Spruce and Silk and Steel
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17. Dreadnaught
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18. Wide Lonely Sea
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19. Peg's Cookin Tonight
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20. Lift Up Your Light
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Dwight was born in 1950 and grew up in rural New Hampshire when many people still worked in the mills or the logging industry. He caught the tail end of a way of life, spending 8 years in a two-room schoolhouse when the opening day of deer season was a de facto holiday. By the time he had hitchhiked to and from high school and graduated from Dartmouth College, the interstate highway had sliced through, and change was driving north.

In the 30 years since college, Dwight has hiked and bicycled across the U.S, gotten married, divorced, and had two daughters. He found his way into teaching High School Biology which is still his means of supporting his songwriting habit. He has remained, however, always firmly rooted in NH.

Dwight is a self-taught musician with roots in the traditional bluegrass music of his father's family and the folk music of the 60's. In his thirties, he rediscovered the guitar and began to learn the fingerpicking blues style of John Hurt, Rev. Gary Davis, Roy Bookbinder, et al. Like a whole generation of fingerpickers, he has a dusty pile of Stephan Grossman tab books. Knowledgeable guitarists will hear these influences on this album.

Dwight found himself seriously writing songs at around 40 ("fortunate fallout from midlife crisis"), and soon he was performing. By his 50th birthday in 2000, "Left Shoulder Seam" had earned him a finalist award in the 1999 Prescott Park songwriting competition, and his homemade cassettes were being worn out in the tape decks of a loyal core of fans.

Down the Merrimack is a collection of 20 original songs, mostly recorded in live performance. This is grown up stuff for grown up listeners. You will find neither the angst and self-absorbed gravity, nor the showy exploratory guitar, of a young writer on this album. Instead you will hear relaxed, sometimes even funky, fingerpicked guitar and direct articulate lyrics with the understatement, acceptance, and humor of a mature writer.


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A former AP Bio Student

Incredible guitar and amazing story telling ability
The guitar work is incredible, very precise and unique. The story telling is very touching, some songs brought tears to my eyes the first time I heard them in concert and even on the cd they still do. This is a very wonderful cd from a father to his daughters and a NH resident to tell the story of his life and his state. Thank you Mr P

Sarah LaPlante

Amazing
This is a collection of songs that, even though they are well written and sometimes sentimental or humorous, don't even touch on the talent and experience of Dwight... I'm proud to know him and give his CD an excellent review.

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Folks - I don't give 5 stars on a review, nothing is perfect. How about 4.99? I'm a steadfast fan of folk, Simon & Gar., Loudon Wainwright, & the king, Harry Chapin. Move over guys, this CD is guaranteed to leave a football size lump in your throat. Pure folk pickin', and late night poetry leaves you waitin' for the next tune, and there's 20 total! Where's Waldo? We found him. Harry's smiling down on you Phetteplace.

A mon

My 15-yr-old and I both love this!
Both my 15-year-old daughter and I love this CD. It's wonderful to be able to share this music.

AJC

I never knew...
This is a great cd, mr Phettyplace! i really like this cd, and i never new that you were such a good singer. The stories in your songs are entertaining. Congradulations on your cd, its absolutey amasing!! :)

Heather Higgins and Mariah Bergeron

Catchin' up with Mr. P
Knowing Mr. P, years before his music career, as his elementary students, it's a delight to hear the personality and flare shine through in his music. His love of the natural world - New Hampshire, in particular - was what stuck with us as kids, and what makes these songs so enjoyable. Makes us laugh, makes us think.