When approaching Liz Durrett about recording 'Chilly Winds', we were convinced that her beautifully dusky voice would be perfect for capturing the feeling of longing that the lyrics demand, so it was a real joy to get the track back and realise we were totally right. Recorded with her uncle Vic Chesnutt on keyboard, Liz makes the song her own with a gorgeously understated performance that's full of yearning and dewy-eyed determination, a muted bass drum and sparsely picked acoustic guitar line ushering the song along like ripples in a puddle of tears.
Giving the song's lyrics a whole new poignancy, Vic took his own life on Christmas Day 2009, less than one month after the album came out. He was a brilliant musician, superhuman no less, and we will forever be grateful for his contribution to Beautiful Star.
from Beautiful Star: The Songs Of Odetta
released November 30, 2009
Liz Durrett – vocals, guitar, bass drum
Vic Chesnutt – keyboard
Arranged by Liz Durrett and Vic Chesnutt. Recorded and engineered by Vic Chesnutt.
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