Little Blue Egg


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hard roads bust open with bitter words spoken,
and hearts can be broken, and dreams undone
but hearts can be mended, and hard words forgotten
and roads return often where they started from…

Tracy Grammer discovered the tracks for Little Blue Egg during an archiving project in the summer of 2010, a full eight years after Carter’s death. Rescuing the original ADAT tapes from a moldy basement where they were stored, she discovered the tapes in pristine condition. As she digitized the tapes in real-time, Tracy pored over old studio notes about the recordings.

“Tears flowed, I laughed out loud, memories flooded back,” Grammer remembers. “It felt like a miracle to hear Dave’s voice — and our voices, together — singing old songs that sounded new again, along with others I had forgotten about entirely.”

With several of these tracks made as rough demos, Dave Carter sings “like nobody’s watchin’,” his most emotionally unfettered recorded work. Dave and Tracy. Something good.

1. Better Way
2. Hard Edge of Livin
3. Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key (Woody Guthrie/Billy Bragg)
4. Hard to Make It
5. Cross of Jesus
6. Amazon
7. Three Fingered Jack
8. Any Way I Do
9. Till We Have Faces
10. Gypsy Rose
11. September Sea

Dave Carter – vocals, guitar, slide guitar, banjo
Tracy Grammer – vocals, violin
Claire Bard, vocals
Jonathan Mann, bass
Eric Park, vocals, harmonica, accordion

On Red House Records
mixed by Bob Stark at Kung Fu Bakery, Portland, OR
mastered by David Glasser at Airshow Mastering, Boulder, CO
original collage art by Margaret Orr
package design by Thorin Nielson, with complete lyrics.


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