Francis, Cleveland: Beyond The Willow Tree

Francis, Cleveland SKU: 42432869
Cleveland Francis: Beyond The Willow Tree

Francis, Cleveland: Beyond The Willow Tree

Francis, Cleveland SKU: 42432869

Format: VINYL LP

Regular price $43.67

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Title: Beyond The Willow Tree
Artist: Francis, Cleveland
Label: Forager Records
Product Type: VINYL LP
UPC: 652401574316
Genre: Country

Beyond The Willow Tree is a hauntingly beautiful anthology of folk songs chronicling the experience of a young black man growing up in the segregated south. A balanced mix of covers and originals, Cleveland Francis' body of work seamlessly blends deep, soulful vocals with the stripped down acoustic instrumentation of folk. In the late 60's Francis coined the term "soulfolk", playing his genre bending music across college campuses and coffee shops while earning a medical degree at William & Mary. These songs serve as a missing link between soul and folk music, suppressed by the harsh political landscape of a music industry heavily influenced by racial stereotypes. "If you were black, you played blues or soul music... I wanted to play folk music," Cleveland professed. Included in this double LP set is Cleveland Francis' entire 1970 self released album Follow Me, featuring the original artwork and liner notes printed inside the gatefold. The second LP takes you Beyond The Willow Tree with unreleased demos recorded in 1968 along with one 45 only single recorded in 1970. "These recordings are a look into my soul through a long and lonely journey to understand feelings of my childhood, poverty, racial segregation, bigotry, war, love and hope. It represents my attempt to express and come to terms with all that I have seen and felt as a Black man growing up in America." - Cleveland Francis

1.1 The Willow Tree
1.2 Little Green Apples
1.3 Early Morning Rain
1.4 When I'm Sixty Four
1.5 Hot Sun
1.6 Hey Jude
1.7 Just Think About It for a While
1.8 Both Sides Now
1.9 Rain
1.10 Time
1.11 Getting Ready for Tomorrow
1.12 With God on Our Side
1.13 What's Wrong with the World
1.14 Ballad of Martin Luther King
1.15 Change
1.16 It's Got to Get Better
1.17 Hot Sun (Demo)
1.18 Early Morning Rain (Demo)
1.19 Summertime
1.20 Just Think About It for a While (Demo)
1.21 The Willow Tree (Demo)
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