With Nothing But Green Willow: The Songs Of Mary Sands and Jane Gentry

September 29, 2023

“The stories and messages in these songs are as important today as they were hundreds of years ago. The reason for this is that they deal with archetypes. And archetypes and the problems related to them transcend time and place.” Jutz’s journey through the English folk song collector's work led him to these two particular women who might’ve unknowingly changed the course of folk music history—and to his trans-Atlantic collaborator, award-winning English artist, songwriter, and guitarist, Martin Simpson. “Martin Simpson is one of the greatest guitar players on the planet and it was a dream to work with him on this album,” says Jutz. “Together we selected the songs and paired singers and songs. It was easy. We had talked on the phone but never met in person. I picked him up at the Nashville airport and five days later we had the first six songs. Then we flew to England together and after a week had the rest.” 


“There's an enchanting air of mystery to the tales, and lovely language describes fascinating characters. They’re vengeful, deceitful, mournful, and cynical, which has always made for a good tune.” “Appropriately sparse accompaniment makes the songs shimmer, with the acoustic guitar interplay between Simpson and Jutz a particular pleasure.” ”

— - AP News

“Those who collaborated brought a great deal of personal perspective to these songs, taking them in thought-provoking directions, but the overall feeling of antiquity in these tracks shines through.” ”

— - Americana Highways



Both moving and memorable, Lost Voices brings life to those whose stories might otherwise have been lost. Stafford and Jutz have, in fact, made a masterpiece.” - Lee Zimmerman

— -Bluegrass Today

Lively? Sprightly? Bluegrass Perfection? Yes to all of those.”

— Americana UK

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