John R. Williamson
Canvas of Blue
1993 Sonic Hope Records
Claremont, California, USA
John R. Williamson – Vocals, guitars, other instruments?
Chad Edmunson – Vocals on “Where Did the Doctor Go?”
David Finley – Vocals on “Where Did the Doctor Go?”
Eric Paulsen – Strumming and croaking on “A Humdrum Conundrum,” boost guitar on “Chess With Death”
Michael Knepher – Strumming and croaking on “A Humdrum Conundrum”
Korby Paulsen – Drums on “Temecula”
- Danish Straightjacket
- Bigger Than Blue
- Our Guilt-Ridden Alchemist
- Chess With Death
- Where Did the Doctor Go?
- A Humdrum Conundrum
- Juggler Treading Water
- Move It Along
- Sarah and Abraham
- Landing in a Family
- Testimony in the Mother Tongue
This is one of several recordings by Williamson on Sonic Hope Records, the same label home as Robert Deeble of Days Like These fame. As one would guess, this is acoustic folk music, but with a more noticeable rock ‘n roll sensibility in that there is more percussion and upright bass than you usually find on these types of albums. Also some more electric guitar here and there. There is kind of a rollicking Hee-Haw-ish groove underneath some of the songs, but with Williamson doing something more like acoustic Indie rock over the top. Which makes for a more interesting listen across the whole album than it would be if he was just doing the acoustic singer/songwriter thing for a dozen or so songs. The cover is actually a near full page color laser-printer printed page, folded to the size and shape of a j-card.