On Hike Up Your Socks, Liz Kennedy’s latest full length album of soulful, uniquely poetic narratives, she finds fresh and colorful ways to define rootsy – including bringing in legendary bluesman Taj Mahal, who plays harmonica on the whimsical front porch ballad “Love Gave Me Away” and contributes his inimitable vocals and banjo to the buoyant, self-reflective opener “Everyone Knows How It Goes.”
Produced by Joel Jaffe, who helmed all Kennedy’s previous recordings, the 12 track collection reflects Kennedy’s storytelling and songwriting style that has been compared to Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon, Randy Newman and Tom Waits.
Joel Jaffe, whose credits include Maria Muldaur, Lenny Williams and Magic Christian, is the renowned engineer and producer of Studio D in Sausalito, where legendary artists like Bonnie Raitt, Ringo Starr and Carlos Santana have recorded. Jaffe has helmed all her previous recordings, including Clean White Shirt, A Good Peach and Nothing Like an Angel. Jaffe adds numerous string textures to Kennedy’s songs, including acoustic and electric guitar, dobro, mandolin, lap steel and ebow. Among the Bay Area greats who trekked up to the homey sessions at Kennedy’s house to help her realize her vision for Hike Up Your Socks were keyboardist Eammon Flynn, drummer Billy Johnson, bassist Marc Levine, accordionist Pete Cortino, fiddler Suzy Thompson. In addition there are strong background vocals by Omega Rae and Lorin Rowan.
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