Black And White
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I met Cathryn in Michael Snow's studio in Nashville. He and I had written "Hard Luck Café" and he said he knew just the person to sing it!
When I came to record this first album of songs I'd written, several ladies offered to sing, including Dorris Henderson, Bonnie Dobson, Maddy Prior, Cathy LeSurf, Andrea Zonn and Nanci Griffith. Cathryn was in the UK at the time and we co-wrote "Alice's Song", "Black & White" and "The Fire". She went on to sing all the songs, apart from "Love Belongs Right Here", which Mary Hopkin and I composed. Mary was my "Special Guest"singer and my Dad made his recording debut, playing accordion on "More Than You Loved Me".
Reviews For "Black And White"
"Simply very good contemporary songwriting."
"The production is simple and understated, with Willoughby's melodic guitar weaving around Craig's vocals. An unexpected pleasure."
"… a masterpiece of laid-back, understated and simply superb acoustic guitar playing underpinning Cathyn's vocals."
"… extremely pleasing just to sit and listen to, leaving everything else just waiting until I was ready to come back to it."
"Willoughby strikes a winning chord throughout, with Cathryn nailing the hatches down, with her vocal contribution."
"For those who enjoy the work of comtemplative, creative musicians, lyricists and singers, irrespective of what musical category they may fall into, Black & White is an album well worth checking out."
"The music is at times folky, at times country, but always classy."
GET RHYTHM "An understated album, but a listener's delight."
"Black & White is very much an album to sit down and listen to. It has a passion burning through it, which only comes alive in this type of singer/songwriter style of material. With a plethora of true-life themes, this is a must for the lovers of contemporary folk and country music."
"A very gentle and lamenting album that would be a treat to hear played live."
"Best known for his crystalline lead guitar work with the Strawbs, Brian Willoughby has spent a long time in the shadows and was long overdue for a solo outing. Black & White feels as much like Nashville grade acoustic country as British folk, maybe more - which is to say that Willoughby is adept at straddling both traditions, and the album establishes a comfortable distance apart from the trademark Strawbs sound. A quiet, reflective collection of acoustic folk originals."