So Long Wichita is a ten song collection. The title track and even the impetus to record again came from an encounter with a legendary songwriter. Jimmy Webb was speaking and performing for BBC Radio 4. One of Navaro was in the audience and was so forcibly reminded of the importance to him of Jimmy Webb and his contemporaries, that he went home and immediately wrote a song in homage. The next day he sent the song to Jimmy Webb via his wife who handles his correspondence. She graciously replied and said she was listening to it on the plane back to NY and how it brought tears to her eyes. She said she’d play it to Jimmy and with that kind response the energy was found to record “Navaro 3”.
The album finds the trio of Beth Navaro, Pete White and Steve Austin back on the Grand Union Canal where much of their debut album, Under Diamond Skies, was recorded. Recording with a view of the woods and the water lends a certain calm and organic feel to the long hours involved and perhaps the end result. Beth, who is now also a professional candle maker, brought regular gifts to the sessions that only enhanced the experience of being together. Once again the differences between the three vocalists and the blend of these differences in harmony is front and centre. There are fewer guest musicians than on the 2012 Heartlands album but Mark Stevens (LJE/TradArrr) drums on much of it and when PJ Wright blasts in on ‘One Day At A Time’ there’s no mistaking who just walked into the room!
Navaro will be performing this spring and summer. Dates begin at the Stables, Stage Two on Saturday 30th March.
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