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Bob Zentz releases "Horizons"

Ol' Virginia
1. Horizons
2. Ol' Virginia
3. Ol' Sud Bell
4. Captain Charley Still Remembers
5. Few Days
6. A Lifeboat Song
7. Trade Winds (aka A Nautical Extravagance)
8. Willoughby Sunrise (instrumental)
9. Ironclads Suite
10. (Ode to the) "Schooner Virginia"
11. Fret and File
12. Where Does It Go When It's Gone?
13. The End Of Another Year
14. Time To Go Now

Bob Zentz releases "Horizons" CD-139

Long-anticipated studio album to be released on Folk-Legacy Records; CD to be supported by Midwest, West Coast tours

December 18, 2009 -- The long-awaited new studio CD by Bob Zentz featuring all-new material will ring in the New Year on January 1, 2010, marking his return to the legendary record label that released his first two albums in the 1970s.

"Horizons" is a collection of fourteen songs written, arranged, or set to music by Zentz over the past forty years, some of which have been extensively covered by other artists yet have never appeared on one of his own albums.

"'Horizons' is more than just a song inspired from my earliest childhood visits to the shores of Chesapeake Bay," says Zentz. "The sense of horizon inhabits my work, my life and this collection."

The CD will appear on Folk-Legacy Records, the label founded by Sandy and Caroline Paton that has produced music by some of the world's best-known folk artists, and which released Bob's first two albums: Mirrors and Changes (1974), lauded by Johnny Cash as "one of the finest works I've heard by any artist," and Beaucatcher Farewell (1979), whose title track has become a folk instrumental standard.

Among the new CD's highlights:

- Two classics that have already been widely covered by other artists – the title track, "Horizons," recorded with long-time friend and performance-collaborator Gordon Bok, and "The End of Another Year," written for the inaugural "First Night" celebration in Bob's hometown of Norfolk VA

- A number of iconic songs about Bob's native state of Virginia, including his reworking of the state song emeritus, "Ol' Virginia," and tribute songs to the "Schooner Virginia," the battle of the "Ironclads" in Hampton Roads, Norfolk firefighter "Captain Charley" Harrison, and the legendary Eastern Shore banjo man "Ol' Sud Bell"

- Two tracks – "Few Days" and "Where Does It Go When It's Gone" – with daughter Skye Zentz, an exciting new singer-songwriter in her own right making her first appearance on a Bob Zentz album since her pre-school debut

- The latest of Bob's settings of nautical poetry to music: "Trade Winds (aka A Nautical Extravaganza)," showcasing Wallace Irwin's whimsical work of the same name, and "A Lifeboat Song," an anonymous treasure unearthed in a used book store

- Two songs about the folk-music tradition: "Fret and File," telling the story of Bob's use of "the wood that makes the wood that sets the music free," and "Time to Go Now," destined to be a closing song for many a set to come

The CD's dramatic cover photography was taken on the shores of Norfolk's Willoughby Spit by master photographer Jerry W. Kelley; the cover photograph captures Bob at the moment of composing the sole instrumental to appear on the new CD, "Willoughby Sunrise."

The new CD will also be supported by Bob's annual tours of the Midwest and West Coast, scheduled for December 2009-January 2010.

A CD release party is scheduled for late January in Bob's hometown of Norfolk VA -- watch the web site for details. Pre-release events will be held during January in Chicago, San Diego, Los Angeles, Portland OR and Seattle.

Ol’ Virginia

From the upcoming CD Horizons

Music by James Bland, lyrics © 2006, 2010 Bob Zentz


Carry me back to ol’ Virginia
That's where the peanuts, cotton, corn and taters grow
That's where the cardinal sings sweet in the springtime
That's where this weary traveler’s heart does long to go

1. Though years I’ve traveled around this big country
From north to south, from the east unto the west
No place on earth do I miss more sincerely
Than ol’ Virginia, the state that I love best (chorus)

2. Fiddle and banjo sing high in the mountains
A gospel tune echoes down the “Crooked Road”
A blues guitar warbles lonesome through the Piedmont
Sounds of Virginia, the music I have known (chorus)

3. Carry me back to the land of my childhood
State that shall always be “home sweet home” to me

There let me rest in the shade of the dogwood
Dear ol’ Virginia, from the mountains to the sea (chorus)


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