Summer’s Child will take you on a trip through the heart of America with timeless lyrics and brilliant new songs that promise to become tomorrow’s classics.
The first solo CD by Sally Potter, award-winning singer, song leader and music producer, this collection pays tribute to small towns and those drifting days of childhood, slowly passing that call us home. Kerrin Hoban’s tight, expressive lyrics, set to Potter’s steady, clawhammer banjo tunes, paint a picture of a time when children ran in the streets and through the woods with carefree abandon. Hoban and Potter’s High in the Hills is a joyful celebration of playful rhymes that celebrate the natural world—the woods filled with deer, squirrels, blackbirds, mockingbirds, bobcats, coyotes, which harmonize on the trail they’ve found.
These two originals are flanked by strong, emotional selections, Somebody Feels the Water (Thom Bishop), May the Light of Love (David Roth), and Carolyn’s Party (Ann Reed), all of which highlight the warmth experienced when we take time to make authentic connection with others.
Folk music royalty is represented by Woody’s Guthrie’s Union Maid and This Land is Your Land, and Pete Seeger’s To My Old Brown Earth. A union member, Potter continues the union theme with an a cappella rendition of Earl Robinson’s Joe Hill.
Potter’s strong, clear vocals, backed by her effortless clawhammer banjo, support three final selections: Roseville Fair (Bill Staines), The Old Church Bell (Monroe Gevedon), and Eight More Miles to Louisville (Grandpa Jones).
Summer’s Child is a rare mix of twelve songs that are easy to listen to and sing along with. The recording comes with a 24-page booklet, including song lyrics, stories and stunning photographs of life in rural America, including Potter’s hometown of Morrison, Illinois. Note: The full album download includes a PDF of the booklet.