On November 13, 2001.

On November 13, 2001, “Elektra” label released “Motherland”, the third Natalie Merchant album. It was recorded July – September 2001, at “Allaire Studios”, “Sunset Sound” and “Clinton Studios”, and was produced by T-Bone Burnett and Natalie Merchant.

Personnel:

  • Natalie Merchant – vocal, piano, Rhodes piano
  • Erik Della Penna – electric guitar, classical guitar, acoustic guitar, oud, banjo, lap steel guitar, bouzouki
  • Greg Leisz – acoustic and electric guitar, 12 string guitar, banjo, mandolin
  • Elizabeth Steen – Hammond organ, mellotron, Wurlitzer piano, piano
  • Gabriel Gordon – vocal, acoustic and electric guitar
  • Keefus Ciancia – piano, Hammond organ, keyboard
  • Patrick Warren – Chamberlin, pump organ
  • Guy Klucevsek – accordion
  • Van Dyke Parks – accordion
  • Mike Elizondo – acoustic bass
  • Bob Glaub – bass guitar
  • Jeremy McCoy – bass guitar
  • Graham Maby – bass guitar
  • Matt Chamberlain – drums, percussion
  • Carla Azar – drums 
  • Katie Goldberg – vocal
  • Mavis Staples – vocals
  • Kate Daley – Vivian girl’s voice
  • Kelly Daley – Vivian girl’s voice
  • Stephen Barber – arranger, conductor
  • David Ralicke – tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, trombone
  • Philip Myers – French horn
  • Sandra Church – alto flute
  • David Krakauer – clarinet
  • Mitchell Estrin – bass clarinet
  • Tony Kadleck – trumpet
  • Chris Tedesco – trumpet
  • Sandra Park – violin, string contractor
  • Krystof Kuznik – violin
  • Bruno Eicher – violin
  • Ann S. Kim – violin
  • Lisa E. Kim – violin
  • Karen Marx – violin
  • Robert T. Shaw – violin
  • Fiona Simon – violin
  • Soo Hyun Kwon – violin
  • Jung Sun Yoo – violin
  • Sharon Yamada – violin
  • Laura Seaton – violin
  • Nick Cords – viola
  • Vivek Kamath – viola
  • Karen Dreyfus – viola
  • Elizabeth Dyson – cello
  • Sarah Seiver – cello
  • Alan Stepansky – cello

Track listing:

All tracks by Natalie Merchant.

  1. This House Is on Fire
  2. Motherland
  3. Saint Judas
  4. Put the Law on You
  5. Build a Levee
  6. Golden Boy
  7. Henry Darger
  8. The Worst Thing – Spanish lyrics by Daniel de la Calle 
  9. Tell Yourself
  10. Just Can’t Last
  11. Not in This Life
  12. I’m Not Gonna Beg

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