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Stealin' Horses - 1988 Stealin' Horses

ARTIST: Stealin Horses
ALBUM: Stealin' Horses
LABEL: Arista
SERIAL: AL-8520 (LP), ARCD-8520 (CD)
YEAR: 1988


LINEUP: Kiya Heartwood - vocals, guitars * Kopana Terry - drums, backing vocals

Other Musicians: Waddy Wachtel, Kevin Dukes, Danny Kortchmar, Steve Lukather, Mandy Meyer - guitars * Bob Glaub, Leland Sklar, Mike Porcaro - bass * Jai Winding - synth * Neil Young - harmonica * Russ Kunkel, John 'JR' Robinson - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Turnaround * 02 Where All The Rivers Run * 03 Rain * 04 Harriet Tubman * 05 Walk Away * 06 The Well * 07 Gotta Get A Letter * 08 Dyin' By The Gun * 09 Tangled * 10 Ballad Of The Pralltown Cafe

Primarily the duo of Kiya Heartwood and Kopana Terry, originating out of the Kentucky/Tennessee divide, playing a mixture of folk driven rock, or is it rock driven folk? One of the two, but for the record, it is very good. Stealin' Horses are very similar to outfits such as Drag The River, and Shaking Family, both releasing albums on Arista and Elektra respectively. Jamie Kyle is another comparison. The assembled lineup sees this album moving in a commercial rock direction, probably a far cry from the traditional folk/country background of both ladies, and it would be interesting to see what both Kiya and Kopana thought of the final product. Greg Ladanyi has been given the reins as producer, and obviously dealing with a non-traditional rock duo it would be a difficult assignment at any stage. However, Greg had previously worked with Irish/Celtic band Clannad on their 'Sirius' album, so has a fair idea of how to work with a non traditional lineup.

The Songs
Starting out with 'Turnaround', the melodic guitars and big choruses are evident. The strum-a-long 'Where All The Rivers Run' sort of reminds me of The Pretenders hit 'Back On The Chain Gang', but only for a moment. This one's much better. 'Rain' is a hard driving piece, followed by Neil Young who gets to add his harmonica prowess on the story-telling effort of 'Harriet Tubman'. For me there is one essential track to be heard, that being the brilliant and atmospheric 'Walk Away'. 'Gotta Get A Letter' is a little more upbeat, and has a poppy streak through it, while 'Dyin By The Gun' is a traditional country/folk rock amalgam. Real 'cow-poke' music! Steve Lukather's guitar lines can be heard on 'Tangled' not before the album finishes up with the lyrical melodrama of 'Ballad Of Pralltown Cafe'.

In Summary
Seems a strange relationship then, that Arista would pick up on this duo, and even stranger still that they would do absolutely nothing with them promotion and marketing wise. Since then, Heartwood has moved even further into folk territory with her Wishing Chair project, while Kopana periodically plays but is now into photography and at last report was working at the University Of Kentucky.

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#1 | gdazegod on October 02 2015 04:09:40
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