Martha Scanlan: The West Was Burning
February 2006 solo debut from former singer/songwriter of the acclaimed old-time stringband Reeltime Travelers. The West Was Burning gathers together multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell, who also produced the album; Amy Helm and Glenn Patscha of Ollabelle, and banjoist Riley Baugus.
Parts of the album were recorded at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY, with Levon himself sitting in on drums. "At first, I was just thinking about having brushes and guitar on the songs," Scanlan says. "But doing that with Levon Helm there would have been like starting an art project with Picasso and only using a pencil."
Martha Scanlan - The West Was Burning - 2007 - Sugar Hill 1085