Featuring Lucinda Williams, Richard Thompson, Brandi Carlile & More!
For one week each year, some of the best songwriters in country, Americana, folk and roots music set sail on a musical adventure called Cayamo. Over the last few years, award-winning guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer Buddy Miller set up a recording studio on the ship and recorded and played with everyone from veteran songwriters to emerging artists. Buddy Miller & Friends Cayamo Sessions At Sea collects 11 of the best of these once-in-a-lifetime musical moments recorded on the 2014 and 2015 voyages with Kris Kristofferson, Lucinda Williams, Kacey Musgraves, Richard Thompson, Lee Ann Womack, Shawn Colvin, Nikki Lane, Brandi Carlile, The Lone Bellow, Doug Seegers and more.
"Collaborations on Cayamo have always been unforced and beautiful," Miller tells Rolling Stone Country, "and Ive regretted not capturing them before. This album is just some of the many special moments that happen when so many great musicians get to spend a week together at sea."
"First popularized by Wagoner and Parton's weepy, horn-laced version from their 1970 duets record Porter Wayne and Dolly Rebecca, Lane and Miller's "Just Someone I Used to Know" is warm and just a touch more devilish, thanks to their raspy tones and a slightly kicked-up melody, with fiddle stepping in for the original's brass section." - rollingstone.com
From bow to stern, port to starboard, on top deck and down below, artists some old friends, some just acquainted come together in fits of spontaneity and create unique musical collaborations all around the ship. Its for this reason that Cayamo has become one of the most sought after cruises for artists and music lovers alike, selling out year after year. In 2012, Miller decided to try to capture a few of these special maritime moments and brought along some recording gear and set up a studio in the ship's library where he and co-host and lifelong friend Jim Lauderdale recorded episodes for their SiriusXM Outlaw Country Buddy & Jim Radio Show. They ended up recording their debut episode with Lucinda Williams. Miller thought the radio show recordings sounded great so, in 2014, he brought more gear, an engineer and some stellar musicians and set up a temporary recording studio between the lanes of a bowling alley. For two days and nights, a whos who of artists came to record while lucky fans watched on. He had so much fun that he did it all again on the 2015 cruise.
The album kicks off with back-to-back smoldering duets as Miller trades verses with Lee Ann Womack on the Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty country classic, After The Fire Is Gone, followed with Kacey Musgraves on Buck Owens jubilant counterpoint, Loves Gonna Live Here. Kris Kristofferson offers up a powerful and pensive rendition of his signature song, Sunday Morning Coming Down as Millers unmistakable baritone guitar rings throughout. Some of the many other highlights include Nikki Lane and Miller injecting some modern mojo into Jack Clements timeless Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner weeper, Just Someone I Used To Know, Lucinda Williams devastatingly beautiful rendition of Gram Parsons Hickory Wind, British folk great Richard Thompsons reimagining of Hank Williams Wedding Bells and Shawn Colvins gorgeous take on the Rolling Stones stand-by, Wild Horses. The collection comes to a close with Miller joining Brandi Carlile, and folk-rockers The Lone Bellow on a spirited version of John Prines Angel From Montgomery.
These recordings serve as both a vacation postcard from Miller and his talented friends and a musical snapshot of their journey through song.
Buddy Miller is an award-winning guitarist, songwriter, singer, record and music producer and the current Executive Music Producer for ABCs hit show Nashville. He has released nine studio albums, both as a solo artist and with collaborators including his wife, singer-songwriter Julie Miller. He has produced albums for Robert Plant, Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, Solomon Burke, Richard Thompson, The Wood Brothers, The Devil Makes Three, Carolina Chocolate Drops, The McCrary Sisters and Dr. Ralph Stanley. Along with co-host Jim Lauderdale, Miller produces The Buddy & Jim Radio Show for Sirius XM Outlaw Country.
"Caribbean cruises aren't exactly known for great music, with endless bad renditions of Buster Poindexter's "Hot, Hot, Hot." But veteran musician Buddy Miller smashes that mold on Cayamo Sessions at Sea." - Karen Bell, The Absolute Sound, 4.5/5 Music, 3.5/5 Sonics
180g Audiophile Vinyl
Includes limited time download card
1. After the Fire Is Gone - with Lee Ann Womack
2. Love's Gonna Live Here - with Kacey Musgraves
3. Sunday Morning Coming Down - with Kris Kristofferson
4. Just Someone I Used to Know - with Nikki Lane
5. Hickory Wind - with Lucinda Williams
6. Wedding Bells - with Richard Thompson
7. If Teardrops Were Pennies - with Elizabeth Cook
8. Wild Horses - with Shawn Colvin
9. Come Early Mornin' - with Jill Andrews
10. Take the Hand of Jesus - with Doug Seegers
11. Angel From Montgomery - with Brandi Carlile and The Lone Bellow